Women’s British Open Winners and History

Women’s British Open Winners and History

The Women Open — or The Women’s British Open — is relatively new in the world of golf majors. Established in 1976 by the Ladies Golf Union, the event was intended to be the equivalent of the Open Championship but it was initially difficult to gain acceptance.

The Ladies Golf Union is the governing body for women’s and girls’ amateur golf in Great Britain and Ireland.

Of the courses considered most prestigious in the Open Championship rota, Royal Birkdale was the only one to step forward. As a result, the first few years were played on less well known courses, such as Fulwood, Lindrick and Fox Hills.

Lack of support forced the tournament to skip the 1983 edition.

From 1976 to 1993, the tournament was sanctioned only by the Ladies European Tour, with the exception of the 1984 edition, which was co-sanctioned by the LPGA.

The LPA returned to sanction the tournament from 1994 to the present. This has helped to increase both interest in the Women’s Open and the quality of the field.

Four years later after the LPA signed on, the event was held at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. It has since been held at Carnoustie, Royal Liverpool and St. Andrews—all courses which have hosted the Open Championship. The organizers of the Women’s British Open, however, have opted not to follow the lead of the Open Championship and limit the tournament to just the classic links courses.

In 2001, the LPGA granted the British Women’s Open Major status, replacing the du Maurier Classic.

In 2022, the Women’s Open is sponsored by AIG, with a total purse of $6.8 million. That’s up $1 million from 2021.

A list of past Women’s British Open Winners follows:

YearVenueChampionScoreTo ParMargin
2022
2021CarnoustieAnna Nordqvist276-121 stroke
2020Sophia PopovRoyal Troon277-72 strokes
2019WoburnHinako Shibuno270-181 stroke
2018Royal Lytham & St. AnnesGeorgia Hall271-172 strokes
2017KingsbarnsIn-Kyung Kim270-182 strokes
2016England Woburn Golf and Country ClubArya Jutanugarn272-163 strokes
2015Scotland Trump Turnberry – Ailsa CourseInbee Park276-123 strokes
2014England Royal Birkdale Golf ClubMo Martin287-11 stroke
2013Scotland Old Course at St AndrewsStacy Lewis280-82 strokes
2012England Royal Liverpool Golf ClubJiyai Shin279-99 strokes
2011Scotland Carnoustie Golf LinksYani Tseng272-164 strokes
2010England Royal Birkdale Golf ClubYani Tseng277-111 stroke
2009England Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubCatriona Matthew285-33 strokes
2008England Sunningdale Golf ClubJiyai Shin270-183 strokes
2007Scotland Old Course at St AndrewsLorena Ochoa287-54 strokes
2006England Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubSherri Steinhauer281-73 strokes
2005England Royal Birkdale Golf ClubJeong Jang272-164 strokes
2004England Sunningdale Golf ClubKaren Stupples269-195 strokes
2003England Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubAnnika Sörenstam278-101 stroke
2002Scotland Turnberry – Ailsa CourseKarrie Webb273-152 strokes
2001England Sunningdale Golf ClubSe Ri Pak277-112 strokes
2000England Royal Birkdale Golf ClubSophie Gustafson282-62 strokes
1999England Woburn Golf and Country ClubSherri Steinhauer283-51 stroke
1998England Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf ClubSherri Steinhauer29241 stroke
1997England Sunningdale Golf ClubKarrie Webb269-198 strokes
1996England Woburn Golf and Country ClubEmilee Klein277-117 strokes
1995England Woburn Golf and Country ClubKarrie Webb278-106 strokes
1994England Woburn Golf and Country ClubLiselotte Neumann280-83 strokes
1993Woburn Golf and Country ClubKaren Lunn275
1992Woburn Golf and Country ClubPatty Sheehan207*
1991Woburn Golf and Country ClubPenny Grice-Whittaker284
1990Woburn Golf and Country ClubHelen Alfredsson288
1989Ferndown Golf ClubJane Geddes274
1988Lindrick Golf ClubCorinne Dibnah295
1987St Mellion Golf and Country ClubAlison Nicholas296
1986Royal Birkdale Golf ClubLaura Davies283
1985Moor Park Golf ClubBetsy King300
1984Woburn Golf and Country ClubAyako Okamoto289
1983No tournament
1982Royal Birkdale Golf ClubMarta Figueras-Dotti (a)296
1981Northumberland Golf ClubDebbie Massey295
1980Wentworth ClubDebbie Massey294
1979Southport and Ainsdale Golf ClubAlison Sheard301
1978Foxhills Golf & Country ClubJanet Melville (a)310
1977Lindrick Golf ClubVivien Saunders306
1976Fulford Golf ClubJenny Lee Smith (a)299

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