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'Poster Girls' set for Hoylake Golf tournament
A DAZZLING array of the world's top female golfers will compete in September's Women's British Open which comes to the Royal Liverpool links for the first time in September.
The internationally-recognised clubhouse in Meols Drive, Hoylake shares pride of place on the official poster for the event with a dozen of the game's top women players – including world number one Yani Tseng.
Headline players also featured include Americans Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie; Korean stars Ji Yai Shin and Na Yeon Choi; Japan's Ai Miyazato and three-time British Open winner Karrie Webb from Australia.
Catriona Matthew, the 2009 winner, spearheads the home challenge along with 1986 champion Laura Davies and England's rising star Melissa Reid.
Scotland's Cartriona said: "I have fantastic memories of playing the Curtis Cup match at Hoylake in 1992 and I am really looking forward to playing my first professional tournament there.
"Having won 'just down the road' at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s I can't wait to return to the North West."
Paula Creamer, winner of the 2010 commented: "There are 12 really great players from all over the world pictured on the poster and it is pretty amazing to think how many other girls should probably be pictured too.
"I think it shows just how strong the women's game is right now and how many different players could be challenging at the final major of 2012."
Shona Malcolm, chief executive officer of the Ladies' Golf Union said: "Once again we are set to have the most international field of all the majors along with an extremely strong contingent of home players."
With the added intrigue of tackling the historic course at Hoyale for the first time we are looking forward to a fantastic championship in September.