The leading lights of the women's game joined Korea's Inbee Park and defending champion Jiyai Shin on the LInks famous Swilcan Bridge as the countdown began to this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.
Talented players such as Michelle Wie, Natalie Gulbis, Beatriz Recari and Scotland's very own Catriona Matthew are all bidding for glory but it is Park’s bid for golfing immortality at the Home of Golf which has drawn headline writers to the Home of Golf.
The Korean made it three out of three in Majors this year with her four-stroke win in the US Women’s Open at Sebonack in Long Island, NY.
St Andrews Links Chief Executive Euan Loudon welcomed the event’s return and looked forward to someone ensuring their place in history.
He said: “St Andrews is no stranger to welcoming the game’s greats to its famous Links but it is always an immense pleasure and a real thrill to welcome the leading lights of the game to the Old Course.
“I am delighted that we are able to present the Old Course in such fantastic condition. Despite suffering from a very wet start to the year, the Director of Greenkeeping Gordon Moir, the Course Manager Gordon McKie and all the team at the Links Trust have worked tirelessly to ensure the course is in great condition and one worthy of a Major championship.
“Within this year’s field of talented competitors Inbee Park has the opportunity to make history with a grand slam and, if she can, their can be no better venue to do it. She will have to overcome some great champions to do so with Yani Tseng, Stacey Lewis, Paula Creamer and Scotland’s very own Catriona Matthew all at the peak of their powers. There is no shortage of contenders and with so much talent I am sure that after four days of intense competition we will have a worthy champion, who will have written their chapter in the rich history of The Old Course.”
The Ricoh Women’s British Open takes place from 1 – 4 August.
(Picture supplied courtesy of Ricoh Women's British Open, Getty Images)