Inbee Park seeks first Women's British Open title at Turnberry

South Korea's Inbee Park
Inbee Park has won three of the five women's major titles
Ricoh Women's British Open
Venue: Turnberry, Ayrshire Dates: 30 July-2 August
Coverage: Live coverage on BBC Two (Thursday & Friday, 13:00-17:15 BST, Saturday & Sunday, 14:00-18:00 BST), BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app.

The Women's British Open begins at Turnberry next Thursday, with world number one Inbee Park seeking to capture the title for the first time.

South Korea's Inbee, 27, won her sixth major last month with a third straight PGA victory, but has a best finish of joint-second in the British event.

American Mo Martin defends the title, with Scotland's Catriona Matthew the last British winner in 2009.

There will be live coverage across BBC television, radio and online.

BBC Sport spoke to European Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch on a range of golf topics - including the Swede's thoughts on the contenders for this year's penultimate women's major.

Main contenders

"It's always hard to know. You always think it's going to be an European because it's links golf, but South Korea's Inbee Park and world number two Lydia Ko always seem to play well on any golf course.

Charley Hull
England's Charley Hull is 50th in the latest world rankings

"I guess anyone who's up there on top of the rankings can be someone to look out for. I'm hoping for my European girls to have a good week, such as [Norwegian] Suzann Pettersen, [twice a major winner] and [English teenager] Charley Hull [who tied for 12th at last year's British Open].

"But then you have Ko, who seem to always be up there and playing well.

"It depends on what the course looks like, we've seen so many different winners. You would think it will be someone from the UK but we've seen so many different nationalities win the British Open."

Favourite memory

"Probably from Turnberry. I played really well there one year, I think I was in the last group going into the last day in 2002. I didn't have a good day, I finished seventh. I was nervous, it was a big event for me to be doing really well in.

"Even when I played my best golf, I was never good at links golf. I just remember being excited and a little nervous, just not getting it going on the last day.

"I just remember how nice Turnberry was and what a great course it is.

Turnberry
Turnberry is hosting the Women's British Open for the first time since 2002

"One of my greatest memories was also at Woburn a long time ago, when there were queues all the way out to the main road because there were so many people coming to watch.

"I don't remember why there were so many people but I remember hearing there was chaos with so many people piling in."

What is special about the Women's British Open?

"The British Open is special for us because it's the one we have over here in Europe. When I played my best golf, I was never that great at links golf.

Recent Women's British Open winners
2014: Mo Martin (US) (Royal Birkdale)
2013: Stacy Lewis (US) (St Andrews)
2012: Jiyai Shin (S Kor) (Hoylake)
2011: Yani Tseng (Tai) (Carnoustie)

"I played better at US Open-type golf because I hit it very straight. But it's always special, it's so special to play these links courses. They're different. Here in the UK, we've always had good crowds, and in Sweden too."

What makes a good links player?

"You have to have a lot of shots, you have to have a lot of imagination, you have to pick the shot and trust it and you have to practice a lot on those type of courses.

"You can't just get your long boys out and hit it. When you trust your game, when you're playing well, you see the shots and hit them, so it doesn't matter what type of course you're on.

"But you have to make sure in the practice round that you practice all the different shots. It's a confidence thing, like anything else."

BBC golf infographic

Carin Koch was speaking to BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis

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