A pair of American teenagers and world number one golfer Annika Sorenstam of Sweden are among the leading contenders teeing off at the women's British Open this week in Southport, England.
Fifteen-year-old amateur Michelle Wie of Hawaii and her 18-year-old countrywoman Paula Creamer will be making their British Open debuts Thursday at the Royal Birkdale course. Creamer won last week's Evian Masters in France by eight strokes, while Wie tied for second place.
Sorenstam will be trying to win her third major tournament of the year and the 10th of her career. The 34-year-old Swede's hope for a Grand Slam (winning all four majors) this season ended in late June at the U.S. Open, where she finished tied for 23rd place.
Also in the impressive field are Americans Juli Inkster and Meg Mallon, Laura Davies of Britain, South Korea's Se Ri Pak and three-time British Open winner Karrie Webb of Australia. Karen Stupples of England is the defending champion.
Some information for this report provided by AP.