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Golf - 09. July 2017.

MAJOR CHAMPIONS TAKE ON KINGSBARNS CHALLENGE


Danielle Kang, the 2011 Smyth Salver winner, returns this year as Major winner

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Winner of the 2017 KPMGáWomen’s PGA Championship Danielle Kang today joined the stellar line-up ofáthe world’s best golfersáheadingátoáthe Ricoh Women’s British Open atáKingsbarns Golf Links, St Andrews, Scotland fromá3 to 6 August 2017.


Kang won theáRicoh Women’s British OpenáSmyth Salveráas the leading amateuráin 2011 at Carnoustie and scored both her first Major win and LPGAávictoryálast weekend, edging outáthe defending Champion,áCanada’sáBrooke Henderson,áwith a birdie at the final hole of the second Major of the year.

Kang, who turned professional in 2011 after winning two consecutiveáUS 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 SoáYeonáRyu;átheá2017 ANA Inspiration champion, Defending Champion and World No. 2áAriyaáJutanugarn;áWorld No.á3áand winner of the 2014 ANA Inspiration Lexi Thompson;áandáWorld No.á4 andáthe 2015 Evian Championship and 2016 ANA Inspiration Champion Lydia Ko.

Kingsbarns has hosted the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since 2001, Final Qualifyingáfor The Open in 2010áand the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open Final Qualifying.áThe courseáhas 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,áa global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, since 1984.áThe 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.á

The partnership betweenáVisitScotlandáand the Ricoh Women’s British Open that started in 2011 ensures that the Championship is played in Scotland five times over a decade

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