Inbee Park, who won this event in 2015, will not be defending her title because of a thumb injury, so who do the bookmakers think is most likely to become champion this year?
- Lydia Ko was the youngest woman ever to become World Number 1 (a position that she continues to hold) in 2015 at the age of just 17 years and 9 months, and just seven months later she became the youngest woman to win a major when triumphing in The Evian Championship. Her current form is just as impressive, and Ko won the ANA Inspiration in April of this year, before finishing 2nd in the Women’s PGA Championship and tying for third in the US Women’s Open.
- Stacey Lewis is a former World Number 1 who is currently ranked 8th. She won this tournament in 2013, but only managed to tie in 12th and 17th place in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Lewis has had a quiet couple of years in terms of professional wins, but there are signs that she could be returning to form, having finished 7th in the US Women’s Open earlier this month.
- Ariya Jutanugarn is ranked the 6th best player in the world, and almost beat Lydia Ko in the Marathon Classic in mid-July, but was beaten into second place on the fourth extra hole. She secured a fourth-place finish in the ANA Inspiration earlier in the year and came third in the Women’s PGA Championship, but only managed to tie for 17th place in the US Women’s Open.
- So Yeon Ryu won the US Women’s Open in 2011, and has had some good top five finishes in several majors since then. She finished in third place in last year’s Women’s British Open, and is currently ranked 12th in the world.
It would be no surprise to see all four of the highlighted players achieve a top-ten finish in the 2016 Women’s British Open, but we think that the stage could be set for another showdown between Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn. An each-way bet on the latter-named may appeal to those who like to side with bigger-priced selections, but our money will be on Lydia Ko to win outright. The World Number 1 is difficult to oppose and could well achieve her third major here.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: Lydia Ko to win the 2016 Women’s British Open – 7/2
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.