Royal Lytham & St Annes

The 2006 Women's British Open

Sherri Steinhauer shot an even-par 72 to win the 2006 Weetabix Women's British Open for the third time, and the first since it became a major. She became the second-oldest golfer to win an LPGA major when she claimed the title at Royal Lytham & St. Annes’ at the age of 43.

“That is the biggest thrill for me, that I’ve done it now as a major,” Steinhauer said after finishing three strokes ahead of Cristie Kerr (71) and the 2000 champion, Sophie Gustafson (72).   Steinhauer won the tournament in 1998 at Royal Lytham and at Woburn a year later.

Steinhauer finished at seven-under 281 and played risk-free golf, consistently hitting fairways and greens on a course that was familiar to her. She came to the eighteenth having played 48 holes without a bogey. She promptly hit into a greenside bunker and capped her day with a bogey 5.

“It just felt like it was my turn to win out there,” Steinhauer said.

Michelle Wie and Annika Sorenstam, two of the leading contenders coming into the tournament, finished back in the pack. The 16-year-old Wie shot her third consecutive 74 to finish at 294. She has failed to break par at a major in seven consecutive rounds. Sorenstam, who had won the US Open the month before for her 10th major, finished with a 79 and for 295.

Please select the arrows on the pictures to scroll through the Women's British Open Championships held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes


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