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Women's British Open heading to St. Andrews

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Ladies Golf Union (LGU) announced on Thursday that the 2007 Women's British Open will be contested at the Old Course at St. Andrews. "The Ladies' Golf Union is delighted that the world's top women professionals will have the opportunity in 2007 over the world's best-known course," said Andy Salmon, the chief executive of the LGU. "The Old Course and St Andrews embody much of the long history of golf and it is right that the only women's major to be played outside the U.S. should now be coming to St Andrews in 2007."

The tournament, scheduled for August 2-5, is one of the LPGA Tour's four major championships. This will mark the first time a women's professional tournament will be staged at the Old Course.

"We applaud the Ladies Golf Union, Weetabix and St. Andrews Links Trust for bringing the 2007 Weetabix Women's British Open to the Old Course at St. Andrews," said Ty Votaw, the LPGA Commissioner. "This is another signal of the continued growth and advancement of women's professional golf."

The Old Course, considered to be the "Home of Golf," hosted the British Open on the PGA Tour a record 26 times, most recently in 2000 when Tiger Woods completed the career Grand Slam.

Karrie Webb won the Women's British Open the last time it was played in Scotland, the 2002 version at Turnberry Golf Links. Annika Sorenstam , like Woods, completed her career slam in last year's event at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club. She will defend her title the last week of July at Sunningdale.

Royal Birkdale gets the nod in 2005, while Royal Lytham & St. Annes returns to duty in 2006.

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