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Ricoh Womens British Open
Date: July 29 - 1 Aug 2010
Location: Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport, UK
Ricoh Womens British Open
TV Schedule

Thur 29 July
2.00pm – 5.30pm Live Golf

Fri 30 July
2.00pm – 5.15pm Live Golf

Sat 31 July
2.30pm – 4.50pm Live Golf
4.50pm – 5.45pm Live Golf

Sun 1 August
3.00pm – 6.00pm Live Golf

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The 2011 Solheim Cup
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Matthew looking forward to title defence

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew looked typically cool, calm and collected on the eve of her title defence at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

The North Berwick 40-year-old is preparing to defend the title she won 12 months ago at nearby Royal Lytham & St Annes, just 11 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter and three weeks before her 40th birthday.

Matthew is one of 144 of the world’s best players returning to the outstanding challenge of Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, Sefton, for the first time since 2005 and she said: “I’ve been really looking forward to it all year. (It’s) nice to get here and finally get out on the golf course.

“The course is in great shape. As with any links course, it’s all down to the weather. It’s pretty windy out there today so the first two holes were certainly playing pretty tough.”

Renowned for its towering sand hills, Royal Birkdale is one of England’s most illustrious courses, having staged The Open Championship nine times in 1954, 1961, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991, 1998 and 2008.

Royal Birkdale has hosted the Ricoh Women’s British Open an impressive five times, in 1982, 1986, 2000, 2005 and 2010, as well as The Amateur Championship (1946 and 1989), the Curtis Cup (1948), Walker Cup (1951) two Ryder Cups (1965 and 1969).

England’s Laura Davies won at Royal Birkdale back in 1986 in her second year as a professional, retaining the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit she won in her rookie season. Now in her 26th year on Tour, she is still leading the Ladies European Tour’s Henderson Money List after two victories this season in New Zealand and Germany.

She is still enamoured with the course and said: “There’s not a bad hole out there for a kickoff, and there’s not an easy shot.

“If you’re playing good golf you can get a really good score but if you’re slightly off, the bunkers are there, pretty severe rough, the gorse, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied for every single swing. So I think that’s why it’s obviously such a great championship.”

Davies still has the photographs of her 1986 victory on her bedroom wall, adding, “good memories.”

South Korean Jeong Jang won the title the last time it was played at Birkdale in 2005, following Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson in 2000. ....more

An interview with Laura Davies, leader of the LET’s Henderson Money List
England’s Laura Davies talks to the media at Royal Birkdale, where she won the British Open in 1986. ....more
Defending champion Catriona Matthew talks to the media at Royal Birkdale
Scotland’s Catriona Matthew reflects on her historic victory at Royal Lytham and looks ahead to Royal Birkdale for the final Major of 2010. ....more
An interview with US Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer addresses the media ahead of the 2010 Ricoh Women’s British Open. ....more
An interview with World No.1 Jiyai Shin at the Ricoh Women’s British Open
Rolex Rankings World No.1 Jiyai Shin talks to the media at Royal Birkdale. ....more
Michelle Wie talks to the media on the eve of the 2010 Ricoh Women’s British Open
The American golfer talks to the press about her Major hopes. ....more
A pre-tournament interview with Melissa Reid
Melissa Reid meets the media ahead of the 2010 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale ....more
Interview with Birkdale members Florentyna Parker and Kelly Tidy
An interview with local players Florentyna Parker and Kelly Tidy at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. ....more
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