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Which women can capture St. Andrews?

8/1/2007 - Golf

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.


Annika Sorenstam is one of the few who has played St. Andrews and won an amateur event on the Old Course.

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.

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

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

Laura Davies, the long-hitting English star, should love the roll she gets on the storied links.

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?

Lorena Ochoa makes a ton of birdies everywhere, and she really wants to get that major monkey off her back.

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

Catriona Matthew is from nearby North Berwick in Scotland and knows how to play links golf.

Following a win at the Match Play two weeks ago, Seon-Hwa Lee should be full of confidence and just hitting her stride.

Winning a major would give Laura Davies the two points she needs to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

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

Lorena Ochoa, the No. 1 player in women's golf, breaks through for her first major victory.

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.

Annika Sorenstam is all about history and winning the first women's professional event played at St. Andrews would cap her career quite nicely.

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.