The defending champion, Ariya Jutanugarn, will once again face the course without packing her driver in the bag. Battling a cold during the press conference, the former world number one said that it is in her locker but does not expect to use it favouring her 2 Iron and 3 wood instead.
This is not the first time she has done this and last year she won the Ricoh Women’s British Open doing exactly the same thing. That said though, last year she was in fine health as she won her first Major.
Asked whether or not she had a cold or allergies she replied: “It’s a cold, it started on Sunday.”
Coughing but maintaining her trademark smile, the defending champion also talked about her recent shoulder injury that she claims is ok now.
Jutanugarn claimed the number one spot only to lose one week later to So Yeon Ryu. Recent form has seen her fall to world number three behind Lexi Thompson. She has had her difficulties with injury recently that saw her fail to make the cut in the previous two majors. However, a battling performance at the Ladies Scottish Open shows that she is on the mend.
With the tournament starting on Thursday the only question is can she shake off that cold in order to successfully defend her title?