Strong field for Women’s Open

In addition to the best players in the world list, the top 20 of both the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) orders of merit have also entered.

The entry list reads like a who???s who of women???s golf and includes Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, defending US Open winner Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Charley Hull.

Scotland???s Catriona Matthew, the 2009 Champion, and English legend Dame Laura Davies are also taking part in the championship which began in 1976.

The defending champion is Mo Martin, with a prize fund of ??1,990,266 on offer in Ayrshire.

Up and coming 17-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson, the world No 46, is thrilled to be taking part: ???I am so excited to play in my first British Open and I am very grateful to the Championship Committee for granting me this opportunity.

???I played in the 2012 Ladies British Amateur at Carnoustie and I absolutely loved visiting Scotland, so I am excited to be heading back there again.

???I really enjoyed the different challenges of playing links golf in Scotland and I can???t wait to get to Turnberry.???

Australian Karrie Webb, 40, won the Women???s British Open when the championship last visited Turnberry in 2002.

The event has been co-sanctioned by the LPGA and LET since 1994 and gained Major status in 2001.