Danielle Kang, the 2011 Smyth Salver winner, returns this year as Major winner
Winner of the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Danielle Kang today joined the stellar line-up of the world’s best golfers heading to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, St Andrews, Scotland from 3 to 6 August 2017.
Kang won the Ricoh Women’s British Open Smyth Salver as the leading amateur in 2011 at Carnoustie and scored both her first Major win and LPGA victory last weekend, edging out the defending Champion, Canada’s Brooke Henderson, with a birdie at the final hole of the second Major of the year.
Kang, who turned professional in 2011 after winning two consecutive US Women’s Amateur Championships, said: “I can't wait to go to Kingsbarns to play in the Ricoh Women's British Open as a Major winner. I played my first Ricoh Women's British Open at Carnoustie in 2011 where I won the Smyth Salver award for being the low amateur of the tournament. I truly love playing in Scotland and I can't express how excited I am to return to the Home of Golf to play the game that I love."
Every winner from the past 24 Majors are in this year’s field, including World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu; the 2017 ANA Inspiration champion, Defending Champion and World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn; World No. 3 and winner of the 2014 ANA Inspiration Lexi Thompson; and World No. 4 and the 2015 Evian Championship and 2016 ANA Inspiration Champion Lydia Ko.
Kingsbarns has hosted the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001, Final Qualifying for The Open in 2010 and the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open Final Qualifying. The course has been widely acclaimed by players and media alike since its opening 14 years ago.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open was founded by the LGU in 1976 and has been staged in conjunction with IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, since 1984. The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994, and gained Major status in 2001.
Ricoh, a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services, has been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women’s British Open since 2007.
The partnership between VisitScotland and the Ricoh Women’s British Open that started in 2011 ensures that the Championship is played in Scotland five times over a decade.
photos Janos Schmidt