- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Site: Southport, England.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club (6,458 yards, par 72).

Purse: $3 million. Winner’s share: $456,818.

Television: ESPN2 (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon).

Last year: Stacy Lewis won at St. Andrews, birdieing the final two holes for a two-stroke victory. Inbee Park finished 14 strokes behind in her bid to win her fourth straight major.

Last event: Lewis won the NW Arkansas Championship on June 29 for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year. The top-ranked Lewis played at the University of Arkansas.

Notes: The tournament is the third of the tour’s five major championships. Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco in April in California, and Michelle Wie took the U.S. Women’s Open last month at Pinehurst. … The tournament became an official LPGA Tour event in 1994 and was elevated to major status in 2001. … Yani Tseng won in 2010 at Royal Birkdale and 2011 at Carnoustie. … I.K. Kim won the Ladies European Masters on Sunday at Buckinghamshire. … The 2015 event will be played at Turnberry. … The Marathon Classic is next week in Ohio, followed by the International Crown in Maryland.

Online: http://www.ricohwomensbritishopen.com

LPGA Tour site: http://www.lpga.com

Ladies’ Golf Union site: http://www.lgu.org

Ladies European Tour site: http://www.ladieseuropeantour.com

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