- Lexi Thompson is currently third in the Rolex rankings. At the age of 12 she became the youngest person ever to qualify for the US Women’s Open, and since turning professional in 2010, the American (who is now 22) has won 11 tournaments, eight of which were on the LPGA Tour. Her latest win was achieved in May of this year, when she won the Kingsmill Championship by five strokes, some 20 under par.
- So Yeon Ryu is world number one in the Rolex rankings. She has earned more than $8.3 million in her career thanks to 18 wins, including five on the LPGA Tour and nine on the LPGA of Korea Tour. The 27-year-old has won two events this year, and those were the ANA Inspiration in April and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in June.
- Sung Hyun Park is 23-years-old and turned professional in 2012. She has won 11 tournaments, including one on the LPGA Tour and ten on the LPGA of Korea Tour. Currently fifth in the Rolex Rankings, Sung Hyun has won just one event this year, but it was a big one – the US Women’s Open, which she won by two strokes and 11 under par.
- Inbee Park became the youngest ever winner of the US Women’s Open in 2008, when she was just 19. She won the same event again in 2013, and has a total of 28 professional wins to her credit. 18 of those wins have been on the LPGA Tour, and the Evian Championship is the only LPGA Major that she hasn’t yet won. Inbee is currently eighth in the Rolex rankings.
- Sei Young Kim is 11th in the Rolex rankings, and has achieved 11 wins since she became a professional player in 2012 – six on the LPGA Tour and five on the LPGA of Korea Tour. The 24-year-old has won one tournament this year, and that was in the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Match Play in May.
- Minjee Lee is a 21-year-old Australian player who turned professional in 2014 and has notched up four wins since – three on the LPGA Tour and one on the ALPG Tour. There have been no wins this year, and Minjee is currently 16th in the Rolex rankings.
As you can see from the calibre of participants highlighted above, the 2017 Women’s British Open looks set to be a hugely competitive affair once again. We would agree with the bookmakers that the form points towards Lexi Thompson, So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park as having the best chances. Sung Hyun will come here on the back of her first LPGA victory in the US Women’s Open, so we will side with her on each-way terms to follow up with another big success in Scotland.
Sports.net’s Top Tip
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Sung Hyun Park (bet each way)
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.