Women's British Open

Lewis flies American flag at Royal Birkdale

Tables are being turned on Koreans' domination

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 10:41pm
AFP

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South Koreans have hogged the headlines in women's golf - but the tide is finally turning.

Three Americans and Norway's Suzann Petersen have won the last four majors, and Stacy Lewis defends the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale this week as the World No 1.

The 29-year-old Texan is in fine form, having won three times in the past two months and was runner-up to Michelle Wie, 24, at the US Women's Open at Pinehurst three weeks ago.

From the Solheim Cup [defeat], we have all been motivated and we're finally answering the question 'where are the Americans?'
Stacy Lewis

"You look at the first half of this year and see how many Americans have won and there's definitely been a switch," said Lewis. "From the Solheim Cup [defeat], we have all been motivated and we're finally answering the question 'where are the Americans?'

"It's great to see and it's a great thing for the LPGA Tour."

Wie agreed: "We got our butts kicked at Solheim, but now we have some great momentum."

The winner at St Andrews last year, when she stopped Korean Park In-bee from winning her fourth major in a row, Lewis believes she faces a different test. "Out here, you can't just rip it with the driver. You can get away with a lot more at St Andrews," she said.

For Wie, it is a return to the venue of her first British Open - she came third at Birkdale as a 15-year-old in 2005. "Just because I have won one major doesn't guarantee anything," she said.