Turnberry Point Lighthouse
|Dates||30 July – 2 August 2015|
|Location||South Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Organized by||Ladies' Golf Union|
|Tour(s)||Ladies European Tour|
|Length||6,410 yards (5,861 m)|
|Field||144 players, 73 after cut|
The 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open was played 30 July – 2 August at the Trump Turnberry in South Ayrshire, Scotland. It was the 39th Women's British Open, and the 15th as a major championship on the LPGA Tour.
Inbee Park shot a final found 65 (−7) to win her first Women's British Open, three strokes ahead of compatriot Ko Jin-young, the 54-hole co-leader. It was Park's seventh major title and second of the season.
This was the second Women's British Open at Turnberry, which previously hosted 13 years earlier in 2002. As in 2002, it was played at par 72, with two par fours (3, 14) as par fives. ESPN2 and BBC Sport televised the event in the United States and the United Kingdom.
|1||Ailsa Craig||350||4||10||Dinna Fouter||407||4|
|5||Fin Me Oot||413||4||14||Risk-An-Hope||449||5^|
|6||Tappie Toorie||195||3||15||Ca' Canny||170||3|
|7||Roon The Ben||469||5||16||Wee Burn||372||4|
|8||Goat Fell||395||4||17||Lang Whang||457||5|
|9||Bruce's Castle||412||4||18||Duel in the Sun||378||4|
^ These par-4 holes (3, 14) are played as par-5 during this tournament.
- Women's British Open in 2002: 6,407 yards (5,859 m), par 72
- The Open Championship in 2009: 7,204 yards (6,587 m), par 70
The field is 144 players, and most earn exemptions based on past performance on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA Tour, previous major championships, or with a high ranking in the Women's World Golf Rankings. The rest of the field earn entry by successfully competing in qualifying tournaments open to any female golfer, professional or amateur, with a low handicap.
There were 17 exemption categories for the 2015 Women's British Open.
1. The top 15 finishers (and ties) from the 2014 Women's British Open.
- Marina Alex, Laura Davies, Shanshan Feng (12), Julieta Granada, Charley Hull (9), Eun-Hee Ji, Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis (9,11,12), Mo Martin (11), Azahara Muñoz, Gwladys Nocera (8), Anna Nordqvist (8), Inbee Park (8,12), Suzann Pettersen (12), Angela Stanford
- Sun-Ju Ahn (9) did not play
2. The top 10 Ladies European Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings as of 30 June not exempt under (1).
- Carlota Ciganda (3), Sandra Gal (3), Caroline Hedwall, Karine Icher, Ariya Jutanugarn (3), Caroline Masson, Catriona Matthew (3,11), Lee-Anne Pace, Beatriz Recari
- Christel Boeljon (8) did not play
3. The top 30 LPGA Tour members in the Women's World Golf Rankings as of 30 June not exempt under (1).
- Baek Kyu-jung, Chella Choi, Choi Na-yeon (8,12), Paula Creamer, Jang Ha-na, Cristie Kerr (8), Kim Hyo-joo (8,9,12), Kim Sei-young (8), Lydia Ko (8), Brittany Lang, Alison Lee, Ilhee Lee, Mi Hyang Lee, Minjee Lee (8), Brittany Lincicome (8,12), Pornanong Phatlum, Gerina Piller, Morgan Pressel, Ryu So-yeon (8,12), Lizette Salas, Jenny Shin, Lexi Thompson (12), Karrie Webb, Michelle Wie (12), Amy Yang (8)
- Mirim Lee did not play
4. The top 25 on the current LET money as of 30 June not exempt under (1) or (2).
- Beth Allen, Lucie Andre, Rebecca Artis, Isabelle Boineau, Amy Boulden, Anne-Lise Caudal, Ssu-Chia Cheng, Holly Clyburn, Nicole Garcia, Felicity Johnson, Stacey Keating, Nicole Broch Larsen, Camilla Lennarth, Xi Yu Lin, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Florentyna Parker, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Titiya Plucksataporn, Pamela Pretswell, Melissa Reid (8), Marion Ricordeau, Marianne Skarpnord, Kylie Walker, Sally Watson, Ursula Wikström
5. The top 40 on the current LPGA Tour money list as of 30 June not exempt under (1) or (3).
- Jacqui Concolino, Austin Ernst, Mina Harigae, Wei-Ling Hsu, Mi Jung Hur, Juli Inkster, Tiffany Joh, Moriya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, Kim Kaufman, Christina Kim, P.K. Kongkraphan, Candie Kung, Min Seo Kwak, Sydnee Michaels, Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, Meena Lee, Pernilla Lindberg, Maria McBride, Haru Nomura, Park Hee-young, Jane Park, Paula Reto, Kelly Shon, Jennifer Song, Kelly Tan, Yani Tseng (11,12), Mariajo Uribe, Alison Walshe, Sakura Yokomine, Sun-Young Yoo (12)
6. The top five on the current LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA) money list as of 14 June not exempt under (1), (2), (3), or (13).
7. The top two on the current LPGA of Korea Tour (KLPGA) money list as of 30 June not exempt under (1), (2), (3), or (6).
8. Winners of any recognised LET or LPGA Tour events in the calendar year 2015.
9. Winners of the 2014 LET, LPGA, JLPGA and KLPGA money lists.
10. Players ranked in the top 30 of the Women's World Golf Rankings as of 30 June, not exempt above.
11. Winners of the last 10 editions of the Women's British Open.
13. Winner of the 2014 Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup.
14. The leading five LPGA Tour members upon completion of 36 holes in the 2015 Marathon Classic who have entered the Championship and who are not otherwise exempt.
- Dewi Claire Schreefel, Sarah Kemp, Alena Sharp, Jenny Suh, Jaye Marie Green
- Chie Arimura, Victoria Elizabeth did not play
15. The leading three LET members in the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, who have entered the Championship and who are not otherwise exempt.
16. The 2015 British Ladies Amateur champion, 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, 2014 International European Ladies Amateur Championship champion, winner or next available player in the 2014 LGU Order of Merit, and the Mark H. McCormack Medal holder provided they are still amateurs at the time of the Championship and a maximum of two other leading amateurs at the discretion of the Ladies' Golf Union.
- Céline Boutier (a), Kristen Gillman (a), Connie Jaffrey (a), Luna Sobrón Galmés (a)
- Annabel Dimmock did not play
- Minjee Lee, Mark H. McCormack Medal winner, turned pro in September 2014 forfeiting this exemption. She later qualified under categories 3 and 8.
17. Any players granted special exemptions from qualifying by the Championship Committee.
18. Balance of the 90 LPGA Tour members
Qualifiers: Maria Balikoeva, Minea Blomqvist, Carly Booth, Charlotte Ellis, Georgia Hall, Nina Holleder, Rebecca Hudson, Vikki Laing, Chiara Mertens (a), Ashleigh Simon, Linnea Ström (a), Sophie Walker
Nationalities in the field
|North America (37)||South America (2)||Europe (52)||Oceania (7)||Asia (42)||Africa (4)|
|Canada (2)||Colombia (1)||England (11)||Australia (6)||China (2)||South Africa (4)|
|United States (35)||Paraguay (1)||Northern Ireland (1)||New Zealand (1)||Japan (9)|
|Scotland (7)||South Korea (21)|
|Wales (1)||Taiwan (5)|
|Czech Republic (1)||Thailand (5)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Yani Tseng||Taiwan||2010, 2011||72||72||72||71||287||−1||T13|
|Stacy Lewis||United States||2013||70||75||72||71||288||E||T17|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Mo Martin||United States||2014||70||80||150||+6|
Thursday, 30 July 2015
|1||Kim Hyo-joo||South Korea||65||−7|
|T2||Cristie Kerr||United States||66||−6|
|Lydia Ko||New Zealand|
|T4||Baek Kyu-jung||South Korea||67||−5|
|Ryu So-yeon||South Korea|
|T6||Katie Burnett||United States||68||−4|
|Ko Jin-young||South Korea|
Friday, 31 July 2015
|T2||Ko Jin-young||South Korea||68-71=139||−5|
|Lydia Ko||New Zealand||66-73=139|
|So Yeon Ryu||South Korea||67-72=139|
|9||Inbee Park||South Korea||69-73=142||−2|
|10||Cristie Kerr||United States||66-77=143||−1|
|Christina Kim||United States||71-72=143|
|Kim Hyo-joo||South Korea||65-78=143|
|Nicole Broch Larsen||Denmark||69-74=143|
Saturday, 1 August 2015
|T1||Ko Jin-young||South Korea||68-71-69=208||−8|
|T5||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||66-73-72=211||−5|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||69-73-69=211|
|So Yeon Ryu||South Korea||67-72-73=212|
|Nicole Broch Larsen||Denmark||69-74-70=213|
Sunday, 2 August 2015
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Inbee Park||South Korea||69-73-69-65=276||−12||464,817|
|2||Ko Jin-young||South Korea||68-71-69-71=279||−9||302,589|
|T3||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||66-73-72-69=280||−8||194,656|
|So Yeon Ryu||South Korea||67-72-73-68=280|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey+|
- "Inbee Park wins Women's British Open, captures 4th different major title". ESPN. Associated Press. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- "2015 Ricoh Women's British Open – Competition Entry Details". Ladies' Golf Union. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Ellis Tops the Qualifiers at Irvine". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "Women's British Open". Ladies European Tour. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- Official website
- LPGA.com - Women's British Open - microsite
- Ladies European Tour: Women's British Open
- Ladies Golf Union: Women's British Open
2015 U.S. Women's Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
2015 Evian Championship