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Ricoh Women's British Open - First Major for In-Kyung Kim

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In the Scottish rain and wind, In-Kyung Kim held on to win the Ricoh Women's British Open. The first Major title for the South Korean and her 3rd win on the LPGA Tour this season. With this victory, Kim takes her place in the World Top 10, still led by her compatriot So Yeon Ryu, also leader in the race for the Rolex Annika Major Award. With just over a month to go before The Evian Championship, the final Major of the season, there is no telling who will be named the champion of champions.

On Saturday evening, In-Kyung Kim (aged 29) was well placed to win the Women's British Open, held at Kingbarns Golf Links close to Saint Andrews. After a 3rd round spent battling with the Scottish rain, the South Korean carded 66, aggregate score 199 (-17). A 3-round record for a US Tour winner! With her 6-shot lead, victory was already in her sights. However, she had to hold off England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff who carded a fantastic 64 (-8), tying the course record set earlier in the tournament by Michelle Wie and Inbee Park. In the windy conditions, In-Kyung Kim kept her calm, lined up the pars and claimed victory with a final round of 71, aggregate score 270 (-18).

France had a successful tournament too, starting with a caddie. Axel Bettan, In-Kyung Kim's caddie, is sure to be proud of this major title which he shares with his champion. A player met with success too. Karine Icher's consistent play and another Top 25 finish this week means she will be taking part in the Solheim Cup, to be held next week in the USA (her 4th selection after 2002, 2013 and 2015).

Once the final putt was holed, all eyes were immediately on Annika Sörenstam and Juli Inkster for news of their final choices and team line-up. The US team captain named Angel Yin and Austin Ernst to complete her team led by Lexi Thompson. For Team Europe led by Georgia Hall, the captain's picks are Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Masson, Madelene Sagstrom and Emily Kristine Pedersen. The young Danish player produced a noteworthy performance in 2015, when she won the Evian Championship qualifiers.