5 reasons why the RWBO 2017 was awesome

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LG's Harriet Shephard reflects on her favourite bits from this year's Ricoh Women's British Open

1) In-Kyung Kim finally redeemed herself after that putt we don’t talk about

Most of us have missed a one-foot putt before; I definitely do much sillier things every time I play golf. It’s not the end of the world.

However, when that putt is the only thing between you and winning a major championship, it’s not something you get over quickly.

In-Kyung Kim missed such a putt back in 2012 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. I wonder how many times she’s relived that moment and wished she could go back and play it again? I’m guessing a lot.

So when she won, finishing the round 18 under par, it was exceptionally special. Obviously everyone loves to win, but as she literally jumped for joy, you knew this was all she’d dreamt about for five years.

2) The Scottish weather made it more entertaining

Every time I’ve been to Scotland it’s poured, and the Ricoh was no exception. While it was glorious when the sun came out, it was freezing when it wasn’t.

You can imagine that for the players who had travelled from more tropical climates, the Scottish summer was quite a shock. It certainly wasn’t warm enough for any of the plunging necklines that the LPGA hate so much.

But nobody seemed to complain; they kept smiling and insisting they were having a great time. Because really, what else do you expect from Links golf in Scotland?

The wind also helped send balls into some pretty ridiculous places.

3) Charley Hull was super British wearing shorts in the rain

As the mud around the tented village got steadily worse, Kingsbarns started to look increasingly like an English music festival (except with more golf).

Despite the rain, Charley Hull also modelled my festival outfit of choice – namely jazzy shorts and a brolly. While the other players were muffled up in waterproofs, she couldn’t have looked more British with her bare legs in the rain. Personally, I couldn’t have been more proud.

4) Georgia Hall was brilliant yet again

England’s Georgia Hall, who is only 21, (depressing, I know) had another amazing round. At one point she was only three shots behind Kim, before she finally finished in third place.

Part of Team Europe in the Solheim, her year is only going to get more exciting.

It’s great to see a British player, who is so likeable and down-to-earth, continually at the top of the leaderboards.

5) Social media was full of Americans in Scotland

Twitter and Instagram became so much more interesting as players from across the world descended on wee Scotland.

Some of my personal favourites included Tiffany Joh, who is always hilarious, battling the Scottish wind, Michelle Wie’s use of #fearthebeard, and Paula Creamer reliving her legendary St Andrews cartwheel.

✌🏻out Scotland @matthewgalloway #FearTheBeard

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See you later Scotland!! #stillgotit #cartwheel

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