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Women's British Open: Our Writers Decide

Karrie Webb is chasing a fourth Women's British Open title and first since she won it as a major in 2002 (pictured).
A familiar Australian face and 3-time champion is a popular pick for the second last women's major championship for 2017 - the Women's British Open - which gets underway Thursday at Kingsbarns in Scotland.

ROD MORRI

For The Win: MINJEE LEE 

Showed enough at last week's Scottish Open to suggest she's ready to go to the next level. One of only 11 players under par at week's end, exceptional golf in the conditions, and a good putting week this week will have her at the business end again.

Top-5: CARLOTA CIGANDA

The Spaniard is regarded as one of the best ball-strikers on the Tour and that will come to the fore if there is any hint of wind in Fife. Solid performance in Scotland and game trending in the right direction after a T5 in the US Open.

Outsider: KARRIE WEBB

Expect a strong week from the veteran after a heartbreaking runner-up finish in Scotland last week. Seems inspired by playing the links game and, like Ciganda, her superior ball-striking will come to the fore if there is any breeze.

HENRY PETERS

For The Win: AMY YANG

Talk about knocking on the door. 28-year-old Yang already has 17 career top-10s in majors and hasn't finished worse than T8th in the first three majors this year. Two previous top-fives at this event at Royal Birkdale and Carnoustie proves her liking for links golf. Perhaps no other player more due to break through at a major.

Top-5: SO YEON RYU

Hard to see more than five players beating the World No. 1 and form player of 2017. Ryu's recent play needs no introduction and her vocal pursuit of a career grand slam suggests she's not resting on her laurels with a US Open and ANA Inspiration already under her belt. She's also proven at this event with a T8 and T3 in her past two appearances.

Outsider: KARRIE WEBB

As Rod has already pointed out, there's a sense that the Queenslander has renewed energy after a pretty dismal start to 2017. Her best is good enough but her problem has been finding it. No better training run for the rigours of a British Open than the Scottish Open and last week could prove pivotal as it gave Webb a feel for late Sunday nerves having not been in that position for a while.

BRUCE YOUNG

For The Win: SO YEON RYU

Ryu's consistency and three top-10s in five starts in the event suggest the World No. 1 deserves favouritism this year. Below her level last week at Dundonald Links but improvement expected.

Top-5: SUNG HYUN PARK 

Park made the cut but finished well back on debut in this event last year. Now, she is the US Women's Open Champion and has a series of fine finishes in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. As a much more experienced player than at her first attempt, she appears a great chance to add a second major. 

Outsider: KARRIE WEBB

For a player who finished runner-up last week on what was a demanding links layout and who holds three Women's British Open titles, Webb has been surprisingly forgotten by odds-makers this week. $69 is still available (depending on which market you look at) at this stage and she appears a much better prospect than that.   

THE WEEK IN GOLF: WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN

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