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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Final Major of 2019

This is it. The women tee it up at the AIG Women's British Open at Woburn Golf Club in England.

Defending champion Georgia Hall

As usual, Tony Jesselli has posted a great preview of the event over at his blog; you can check it out at this link. I'll just mention a couple of things that I find particularly interesting.

Georgia Hall is the defending champion of the event, but Ariya Jutanugarn won tt when the Open was last held at Woburn (2016). Both should come in with good feelings, although neither has had the year they had hoped for. Georgia says she got a bit too technical after the win while Ariya has (in my opinion anyway) just had an off year, which is understandable after the barnburner she had in 2018 where she won pretty much every award that was available to her.

Also up for grabs this week is the Rolex Annika Major Award, which can only go to a major winner. There are only three players who can win it at this point -- Jin Young Ko, Jeongeun Lee6 and Hannah Green -- but Ko has a clear lead with two major wins this season. The award will be given after Sunday's final round.

If Jin Young Ko can just finish standing up, she's gonna be hard to beat. If Lee6 wins but Ko posts a Top5, or if Green wins but Ko posts a Top10, I think Ko takes it.

I know this is just her third Open appearance and she missed the cut last year. But I can't help but feel she's a different player now. Despite coming off a major win at Evian, I don't think I would bet against Jin Young Ko this week.

GC's coverage starts Thursday morning (August 1) at 6am ET and runs until 1pm ET that afternoon. I'm really looking forward to this one because, while Ko is the favorite for the Annika Award, that doesn't mean she's automatically going to win. I'm particularly interested to see if Jennifer Kupcho can put something together after her runner-up finish last week.

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