Women's Open
The final group hits to 18 on Sunday at The Grange.

 

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Expect brilliance is the marketing catch cry and if last year is anything to go by, with the young Japanese player Haru Nomura ramming home eight birdies in the final round to blow the rest of the field away, then it is a sure thing for 2017.

Golf Australia and its partners were delighted that world No. 1 Lydia Ko committed to playing at Royal Adelaide and ecstatic when Thailand's emerging superstar and world No. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, also announced that she would join the field for the Open from 16-19 February. Nomura, who holed everything on the greens in a withering final round last year, also is defending her title.

With world No. 8 Brooke Henderson of Canada also on board and Australia's Olympians Minjee Lee and Su Oh, as well as five-time winner Karrie Webb, it is a field that stands up against any event in the world of golf.

Lee, 21, is a rising star of Australian sport, winner of two tournaments on the LPGA Tour last year and ranked inside the top 20 in the world after a stellar amateur career in which she graduated from the elite junior programs of Golf Western Australia and Golf Australia.

The Perth star was 20th at The Grange last year, and tied-seventh at Royal Melbourne in 2015. As an amateur in 2014, she tied for the lead through three rounds, only to fall away with a final-round 78, leaving Karrie Webb to win. Just 17 at the time, she is a far more experienced player now and she will be a strong chance to win at Royal Adelaide.