Which women can capture St. Andrews?

The women tackle the famous course at St. Andrews for the first time. But who has what it takes to win it all?

Originally Published: May 30, 2007
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The Old Course at St. Andrews has over 500 years of history, but this week, for the first time, the women of the LPGA Tour will tackle these historic grounds.

The course is 6,638 yards, featuring double greens and pot bunkers. So which player will be able to conquer this task and thrive under the pressure?

Defending champion Sherri Steinhauer, world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam are among the players who share the excitement of finally having the opportunity to tackle the Old Course, but understand the slightest mistake could translate into disaster.

Our experts debate who will come out on top.

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Bob Harig
ESPN.com contributor
Jason Sobel
ESPN.com golf editor
Ron Sirak
Golf World executive editor
John Antonini
Golf World senior editor
Horse for the Course
Sorenstam
Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam is one of the few who has played St. Andrews and won an amateur event on the Old Course.

Creamer
Creamer
On a recent trip to Scotland, Paula Creamer got a look at St. Andrews and loved what she saw. She's got a leg up on most of the field.

Steinhauer
Steinhauer
That low draw works well on links courses. Sherri Steinhauer has won the British three times.

Steinhauer
Steinhauer
Considering the women have never played St. Andrews, there really isn't a horse for the course. Still, I'll say Sherri Steinhauer, the three-time Women's British Open champ, who has the type of low ball flight that works well on a fast-running links course.

Birdie Buster
Davies
Davies
Laura Davies, the long-hitting English star, should love the roll she gets on the storied links.
Ochoa
Ochoa
As usual, no one will make more birdies than Lorena Ochoa this week. The question is: Will she avoid enough bogeys to stay atop the leaderboard?

Ochoa
Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa makes a ton of birdies everywhere, and she really wants to get that major monkey off her back.
Ochoa
Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa is still having trouble closing out tournaments, so I won't pick her to win, but she remains the LPGA's best player. She'll have a bit of local knowledge with her in the form of caddie Dave Brooker, a Brit who has played St. Andrews several times.

Super Sleeper
Matthew
Matthew
Catriona Matthew is from nearby North Berwick in Scotland and knows how to play links golf.
Lee
Lee
Following a win at the Match Play two weeks ago, Seon-Hwa Lee should be full of confidence and just hitting her stride.
Davies
Davies
Winning a major would give Laura Davies the two points she needs to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Gulbis
Gulbis
Think Natalie Gulbis can win two in a row? Her victory in France got the monkey off her back. Now that the pressure of getting that first victory is out of the way, she could become the first player to win two straight LPGA events in 2007.
Winner
Ochoa
Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1 player in women's golf, breaks through for her first major victory.
Davies
Davies
When in doubt, take the best Brit available. Laura Davies makes it a historic major victory by earning a trip to the Hall of Fame in the process.

Sorenstam
Sorenstam
Annika Sorenstam is all about history and winning the first women's professional event played at St. Andrews would cap her career quite nicely.
Creamer
Creamer
Paula Creamer played four rounds on the Old Course in April and is well-prepared for this tournament. It would be her first major championship.