Women's British Open Winners: Full List of Champions

Inbee Park is one of the Womens British Open winners

The Women's British Open is one of the five major championships of women's golf. It is currently co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA — but neither of those organizations runs it. The Women's British Open (or "WBO") was run by the Ladies Golf Union for most of its history, but beginning recently the R&A now organizes the tournament.

Before we get to the list of champs, let's look at who has won this major most often:

Multiple Winners of the Women's British Open

  • 3 wins — Sherri Steinhauer, 1998, 1999, 2006
  • 3 wins — Karrie Webb, 1995 1997, 2002
  • 2 wins — Yani Tseng, 2010, 2011
  • 2 wins — Debbie Massey, 1980, 1981
Below are all the winners going back to the founding of the tournament.

Women's British Open Winners Since It Became a Major

2020 — Sophia Popov, 277
2019 — Hinako Shibuno, 270
2018 — Georgia Hall, 271
2017 — In-Kyung Kim, 270
2016 — Ariya Jutanugarn, 272
2015 — Inbee Park, 276
2014 — Mo Martin, 287
2013 — Stacy Lewis, 280
2012 — Jiyai Shin, 279
2011 — Yani Tseng, 272
2010 — Yani Tseng, 277
2009 — Catriona Matthew, 285
2008 — Jiyai Shin, 270
2007 — Lorena Ochoa, 287
2006 — Sherri Steinhauer, 281
2005 — Jeong Jang, 272
2004 — Karen Stupples, 269
2003 — Annika Sorenstam, 278
2002 — Karrie Webb, 273
2001 — Se Ri Pak, 277

Winners of the WBO Before It Was Called a Major

The Women's British Open has not always been considered a women's major. Although the Ladies European Tour counted the WBO as one of its majors, the LPGA, prior to 2001, did not.

From 1994-2000, the LPGA Tour did count this tournament as an official tour event, just not a major championship. Prior to 1994, it was not an official LPGA tournament.

Here are the winners of the tournament before it became recognized worldwide as a major championship:

2000 — Sophie Gustafson, 282
1999 — Sherri Steinhauer, 283
1998 — Sherri Steinhauer, 292
1997 — Karrie Webb, 269
1996 — Emilee Klein, 277
1995 — Karrie Webb, 278
1994 — Liselotte Neumann, 280
1993 — Karen Lunn, 275
1992 — Patty Sheehan, 207
1991 — Penny Grice-Whittaker, 284
1990 — Helen Alfredsson, 288
1989 — Jane Geddes, 274
1988 — Corinne Dibnah, 295
1987 — Alison Nicholas, 296
1986 — Laura Davies, 283
1985 — Betsy King, 300
1984 — Ayako Akamoto, 289
1983 — Tournament not played this year
1982 — Marta Figueras-Dotti, 296
1981 — Debbie Massey, 295
1980 — Debbie Massey, 294
1979 — Alison Sheard, 301
1978 — Janet Melville, 310
1977 — Vivien Saunders, 306
1976 — Jenny Lee Smith, 299

Related article: Women's British Open golf courses

Photo credit: "File:2009 Women's British Open – Inbee Park (1).jpg" by Wojciech Migda (Wmigda) is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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