Following up on yesterday’s look at women and sports, here are some stories about the Women’s British Open, which concluded
Sunday. It was the first time ever that The Old Course at St. Andrews,
Scotland hosted the women’s tournament, and yet the golfers faced criticism of "slow play".

"Some of the golfers had to laugh," writes Karen Crouse in the International Herald Tribune. "The women
play their first British Open at the Old Course 134 years after the
men, and they are the slow ones?"

Crouse continues:

The women came into the week knowing they had little room for error. They spoke as if they were trying out for a role in the sporting universe in which there were no second auditions.

"You never know," said the American Paula Creamer, who finished seventh. "It may be the only chance we have to play here."

Even after Alan McGregor of the Links Trust said, "I think this will not be the last time" that the women pros play an Open at the Old Course, [winner Lorena] Ochoa was taking nothing for granted.

Why would she? She was the top-ranked player in the world for two months before she signed an endorsement deal that will pay her to use the clubs that she has carried in her bag since she was 15.

"Hopefully we will be back," Ochoa said, "and I can defend my title."

Ochoa, who, by the way, celebrated her 41st top-3 finish in 116 events as a pro — a feat that Crouse described as "Tiger-esque" — took home prize money equivalent to $320,512, considerably less than the $1.5 million prize awarded to this year’s men’s champion, Padraig Harrington. (This was the first year that Wimbledon awarded equal prize money for women and men.)

Plus: Here’s a look at golfers over age 40 in the tournament, some of whom shared stories of the gender discrimination they have faced. And at age 50, Beth Daniel became the oldest woman to make the cut in a major.

Christine

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