Kiwi Golf Watch

Ricoh British Womens Open.


Lydia Ko will start her quest for her first Ricoh British Womens Open early on Thursday morning (U.K time). Ko has an early morning tee time of 7:36am alongside Michelle Wie and Brooke Henderson who will head to New Zealand in September to play in the McKayson New Zealand Women’s Open. New Zealand fans will have the chance to catch the end of Ko’s round when live coverage starts on Sky Sport 4 at 10pm.

Ko who has already won two majors the Evian Championship and ANA Inspiration will be looking to add the British Women’s Open in her quest to win all five women’s majors.

Ko is coming off an uncharacteristic missed cut at the Scottish Women’s Open where she found herself on the tough side of the draw, giving her an extra few days practice at the demanding Kingbarns Golf Club just out of St Andrews which will play host for the first time.

Major bonus for Fox

Ryan Fox’s amazing run of late has been capped off with a start in the final major of the year the US PGA Championship, to be played at Quail Hollow, Charlotte next week. Fox who is back in New Zealand this week will head to the states on Saturday to tee it up alongside Danny Lee who has also made the field.

It will be Fox’s first appearance at the US PGA and his third major after playing in the Open Championship at St Andrews in 2015 and at Birkdale this year.

Fox has been in tremendous form on the European Tour and currently sits in 21st place in the Race to Dubai.

Lee travelled to Birkdale as the first alternate hoping to also play in the Open Championship but it wasn’t to be as he never made the final field. He is having another week off this week to continue rehab on his wrist that has been troubling him of late. The US PGA will be Lee’s third consecutive start in the event having made the cut in both starts finishing T43 and T56.

Hendry in ISPS Soldier Match Play

New Zealand’s third ranked golfer behind Lee and Fox, Mike Hendry had a good couple of days in the ISPS Solider Match Play Championship on the Japan Golf Tour, winning his first and second round matches. Hendry qualified in 14th place for the match play phase of this unique event earlier in the year which now takes an unusual hiatus until September the 6th when the final 32 players will resume this match play tournament.

Alker and Wilkinson in unique Barracuda Championship.

Steve Alker and Tim Wilkinson will play in this week’s Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour. The Barracuda Championship is unique as the competition is played under a modified stableford scoring system. Players are rewarded with aggressive scoring with the following breakdown used. Eagle 5 points, birdie 2, par 0, bogey -1 and double bogey or higher -3.

Both Alker and Wilkinson have been struggling with form this year but could take advantage of the weakened field with the top 50 in the world all playing in the WGC event, the Bridgestone Invitational.




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