Royal Lytham & St Annes

The 2009 Women's British Open

Catriona Matthew won the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes’ in 2009. She became the first Scot to win one of the four majors in women's golf, 11 weeks after becoming a mother for the second time. Playing her second tournament since returning to the game, Matthew won the tournament by three strokes from the Australian Karrie Webb.

"I had a tear in my eye coming up the last," said the 39-year-old. "I was overcome by it all."

Having been three clear with a round to go, things looked to be slipping when Matthew bogeyed the first, third and tenth and fell into a tie with Japan's Ai Miyazato, the winner of the previous week's Evian Masters in France. But then Matthew sank putts of 15 and 35 feet at the thirteenth and fourteenth and two-putted the long fifteenth for a third successive birdie to go clear.

She bogeyed the seventeenth but mistakes were being made elsewhere. The American Paula Creamer, sitting in second place, double-bogeyed the last.  Miyazato then double-bogeyed the seventeenth to also fall out of contention.

Matthew, who with her husband had escaped from an apartment block fire in France the week before, took the first prize of just over £197,000 with a closing 73 for a three-under-par aggregate of 285.

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