SA has a solid trio – Lee-Anne Pace, Ni­cole Gar­cia and Paula Reto – in the Bri­tish Open

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Com­pe­ti­tion will be ex­tremely stiff when the world’s top fe­male golfers tee off at the Women’s Bri­tish Open, which starts on Thurs­day. The tour­na­ment is the fourth ma­jor on the US Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (LPGA) tour and will be played at the Ailsa course, Trump Turn­berry, in Scot­land.

The event comes on the heels of the Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­onship for men that came to an end at the fa­mous Scot­tish golf course of St An­drews on Mon­day.

Some of the world’s best golfers will show­case their skills at the Open.

South Africa will be rep­re­sented by three play­ers in Lee-Anne Pace, Ni­cole Gar­cia and Paula Reto.

Pace, who is the coun­try’s best fe­male golfer, broke into the LPGA ranks early this year af­ter a suc­cess­ful cam­paign at the Ladies Euro­pean Tour cir­cuit where she has won nine events.

Gar­cia and Reto will be try­ing to make a mark in the US league.

But it is Pace who is likely to make an im­pres­sion in this com­pet­i­tive stage. She fin­ished tied 43rd in the US Women’s Open played at Lan­caster Coun­try Club in Penn­syl­va­nia two weeks ago.

Pace said this week from Penn­syl­va­nia, where she is based, that she was look­ing for­ward to the Bri­tish Open.

“I’ve trained very hard for this event and am look­ing for­ward to win­ning my first ma­jor in the LPGA,” said Pace.

“This won’t be an easy walk on the course be­cause I will be play­ing against some of the best play­ers in the world. I will give it my best shot.”

Pace, who is ranked 60th in the world, said play­ing along­side her com­pa­tri­ots, Gar­cia and Reto, would mo­ti­vate her.

Amer­i­can Mo Martin will be de­fend­ing her ti­tle fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive vic­tory in the same event

PHOTO: SAM GREENWOOD / GETTY IM­AGES

CHAMP Mo Martin

will be de­fend­ing her Bri­tish Open ti­tle

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