Past champions of the Women's British Open
2014: Mo Martin
The thirty-one-year-old California native claimed a one shot victory over both Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen to win at Royal Birkdale. After falling behind with a five over par of 77 on Saturday, she climbed back on Sunday with a score of 69 on the first 17 holes and a skillful drive in on the 18th. It was Martin's first major victory and she dedicated it to her grandfather, who passed away earlier that year.
2013: Stacy Lewis
Prior to the 2013 Open at St. Andrews, Asian-born players had won the previous ten majors. The last American to win a major was Stacy Lewis at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011. Lewis recaptured glory for the Americans, hitting back-to-back birdies on her final two holes to win by two strokes.
2012: Jiyai Shin
After coming from behind in the final round in 2008 for her first British Open victory, Jiyai Shin only needed two rounds to take control of the 2012 Open. With wind gusts reaching 60 miles per hour on Friday, the second round was postponed until the weekend, but the delay did not stop Shin. She exploded on Saturday with an eight-under-64, and went on to win the tournament by nine strokes, the largest margin of victory in British Open history. Shin was the only player in the field to finish under par.
2011: Yani Tseng
After winning the 2010 British Open by one stroke, Tseng defended her title at Carnoustie, becoming the first woman to win back-to-back British Opens. After finishing her first round seven shots off the lead, Tseng rallied with three straight sub-70 rounds, finishing at 16-under. For the second straight year, Tseng was named the top player on tour.
2010: Yani Tseng
The 23-year-old Tseng became the youngest woman to win three major championships with a one-stroke victory at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Tseng posted three straight rounds of 68 and finished at 11-under, and was later named the LPGA Tour Player of the Year.
2009: Catriona Matthew
Just 11 weeks after giving birth to her daughter Sophie, Catriona Matthew captured the British Open title in her home country of Scotland. Battling the elements at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club, Matthew was the only player to finish under par, posting a three-under-285. She became the first Scot to win a women's major championship.
2008: Ji-Yai Shin
With a bogey-free final round at Sunningdale Golf Club, Ji-Yai Shin secured her first major victory. Her final-round 6-under 66 matched the score she recorded on the first day of the 2008 tournament. The South Korean golfer finished with an 18-under 270, three strokes better than runner-up Yani Tseng.
2007: Lorena Ochoa
Shooting a first-round 67 when most of her competitors were recording scores in the mid 70s (and only two other golfers shot sub-70 rounds), Mexico's Lorena Ochoa set herself up for victory. Even with a 1-over 74 in the final round, including three bogeys on the back nine, Ochoa still earned a four-stroke win. She finished with a 5-under 287.
2006: Sherri Steinhauer
When Sherri Steinhauer won the Women's British Open in 2006, she could finally claim a major title at the event. Each of the previous two times she had won, the tournament didn't count as an LPGA major. The 43-year-old earned the title with a 7-under 281 score, finishing three strokes ahead of runners-up Cristie Kerr and Sophie Gustafson.
2005: Jeong Jang
A first-round 68 gave South Korea's Jeong Jang a lead she would never relinquish at the 2005 Women's British Open. A birdie on the 72nd hole moved Jang to 16 under for the tournament, four strokes better than runner-up and 2000 winner Sophie Gustafson. The win marked Jang's first LPGA Tour victory.
2004: Karen Stupples
Tying the record for lowest score in a round and overall at the Women's British Open, England's Karen Stupples claimed the title in 2004. She shot an 8-under 64 in the final round to finish with a 19-under 269 score at Sunningdale Golf Club. Starting the day one stroke out of the lead, Stupples quickly made her charge by opening with an eagle-albatross. Even with six holes to go, Stupples pulled away with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes.
2003: Annika Sorenstam
By winning the Women's British Open at the Royal Lytham & St. Anne's Golf Club in 2003, Annika Sorenstam achieved a career Grand Slam. Finishing with a 10-under 278, the Swede earned a one-stroke victory when Se Ri Pak bogeyed the 72nd hole
2002: Karrie Webb
A final-round 6-under 66 at Turnberry Golf Club helped Australia's Karrie Webb overcome a three-stroke deficit and become the first golfer ever to win the Women's British Open three times (the first two times she won, the tournament was not recognized as a major by the LPGA). She also earned a Super Career Grand Slam, winning every available major championship at least once. Webb finished with a 15-under 273.
2001: Se Ri Pak
In 2001, the first year the Women's British Open was recognized as an LPGA major, Se Ri Pak used a blistering final-round 6-under 66 to take the title. The South Korean began the day four strokes out of first but quickly proved she was going to contend for the top spot on the leaderboar with a first-hole eagle. Pak went ahead for the first time on the 17th hole, and she ultimately won by two strokes.
2000: Sophie Gustafson
Up by seven strokes after three rounds at the Women's British Open in 2000, Sweden's Sophie Gustafson could afford her final-round 2-over 75. She finished with a two-stroke victory at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Gustafson's critical round was the second, where she shot an impressive 66.
1999: Sherri Steinhauer
Tied with Annika Sorenstam on the 72nd hole, Sherri Steinhauer's third shot came perilously close to falling in a bunker. Instead, it landed near the top of the bunker and spun back toward the flag. She successfully defended her British Open championship by making the subsequent birdie putt, finishing with a 9-under 283.
1998: Sherri Steinhauer
After shooting a 9-over 81 in the first round at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's Golf Club in 1998, Sherri Steinhauer's focus was just on making the cut. She did even better than that, pulling off an impressive rally to win the title by one stroke. The American was one of just seven golfers to shoot under par in the third round and finished with a 4-over 292.
1997: Karrie Webb
Despite turning in her worst round (a 1-under 71) on the final day, Karrie Webb still earned an eight-stroke victory with a tournament-record 19-under 269. One day prior, the Australian shot a 63, the lowest-ever score recorded by a female golfer on the Old Course at Sunningdale Golf Club.
1996: Emilee Klein
Riding a surge of momentum after winning her first professional title just a week earlier, American Emilee Klein shocked the Women's British Open field in 1996 to win the title. Klein had a five-stroke lead after the second round, a six-stroke lead after Saturday's play and ultimately won by seven strokes.
1995: Karrie Webb
Ten months after turning pro, 20-year-old Karrie Webb earned her first major title at the Women's British Open. She claimed the win in dominant fashion, taking the lead at the end of the second round and ultimately beating runners-up Jill McGill and Annika Sorenstam by six strokes. Webb finished with a 14-under 278.
1994: Liselotte Neumann
In the first year the Women's British Open became an LPGA tournament, Liselotte Neumann claimed top honors at Woburn Golf and Country Club. After taking a three-stroke lead into the final round, the Swede finished with a 12-under 280, three strokes better than Annika Sorenstam and Dottie Mochrie.