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Women’s British Open: Who to watch out for


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This weekend is the 44th Women’s British Open, so we've taken a look at some of the rising golf starts who could have a huge impact during the tournament. 

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Taking place at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes, the event doesn’t get as much attention as the Men’s Open tournament, but the Women’s Open has slowly been gaining popularity. Earlier this year, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A), announced the Women’s British Open’s purse was being changed to $4.25m, an increase of 40%. This means that the eventual winner will receive $675,000, higher than the $490,000 won by last year's winner Georgia Hall, who was last year's rising star.  

Women’s Golf has become more competitive recently - there were three new championship winning golfers in 2018. So, will there be a new one next month?

Someone who could follow in Hall’s shoes is Irish golfer Leona Maguire (24). She’s already spent much time as number one rank during her time as an amateur player; in fact she spent the world record for the longest time as number one (135 weeks). Leona finished 18th on her professional debut at the Ladies European Tour last year. 

Stockport-born Bronte Law (24) has had a good start to 2019, winning the Pure Silk Championship in May. Bronte competed in the 2012 British Open, where she finished T33. 

She became a professional golfer in 2016, having won ten amateur titles, including the English Women’s Amateur Championship twice, and the Stanford Intercollegiate. Bronte is on a roll and will be one to look out for at Woburn. 

Charley Hull. Image Credit: Wojciech Migda via Wikimedia Commons 

Charley Hull (23), from Kettering, has been playing golf and winning from a very young age. She won her first National Ladies Championship aged nine, and has been a winner ever since. This year she overcame Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord to win the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi. That was her first title win since 2016, where she won the CME Group Tour Championship

Charley bases herself at Woburn Golf Club, so will be all so familiar with this year's course. That could give her the advantage to win a first ever major. 

Lead Image Credit: Wojciech Migda via Wikimedia Commons

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