As much as Michelle Wie prefers to look forward, this is one week when it's tempting to get caught up in the past.

That could include her recent tour of New York as the U.S. Women's Open champion or a decade ago when the teen prodigy got her first taste of links golf along the Lancashire coast of England. Both are relevant memories this week at the Women's British Open in Southport, England.

Wie is among the favorites when the LPGA Tour's third major of the year begins Thursday at Royal Birkdale. She has two victories among eight top 10s in her last nine tournaments. The Stanford graduate has become a force in women's golf, capped off by her two-shot victory at Pinehurst No. 2.

She was introduced at her news conference as the reigning U.S. Women's Open champion.

"It's never going to get old," said Wie, smiling. "I think it's amazing that it will be there forever -- my name will be on the cup. Once it's engraved, it can't really be taken back. It feels amazing. I'm extremely proud of myself."

PGA Tour: The Reno-Tahoe Open landed a new title sponsor and will change its name to the Barracuda Championship under a four-year, multimillion-dollar deal with Bay Area-based Barracuda Networks Inc.

The title sponsorship is the first the 16-year-old tournament has had since it was played as the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open in 2008 and 2009.


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This year's event has a $3 million purse and is set for July 31-Aug. 3 at Montreux Golf & Country Club between Reno and Lake Tahoe.

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