Charley Hull will hope for success on her home course ©Getty Images

England’s Charley Hull will look to take full advantage of competing on her home course when the Women's British Open begins tomorrow in Woburn.

The 20-year-old will be vying to win her first major championship title, having ended as the runner-up at April’s ANA Inspiration to New Zealand’s Lydia Ko.

Success in front of a home crowd would also come as a boost to Hull, who will then head to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as one of Britain’s two female golfers, along with Catriona Matthew.

"It's going to be special,” Hull, who is the Wobrun Golf and Country Club touring professional, told BBC Sport.

“Every tournament I'm in, I'm trying to win it, so that's my main goal.

"It would be great to win the British Open, especially at your home golf course.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on me and a lot of focus, so I'm not going to be thinking about it too much."

Ko, the world number one, will hope to continue her fine form and claim the British Open title for the first time in her career.

The Kiwi golfer was forced to settle for third place in last year’s edition of the tournament in Turnberry, behind South Korea’s Ko Jin-young and Inbee Park, with the latter emerging as the victor.

New Zealand's Lydia Ko will vie for her first British Open title ©Getty Images
New Zealand's Lydia Ko will vie for her first British Open title ©Getty Images

Canada’s Brooke Henderson and the United States’ Lexi Thompson, who lie second and fourth in the world rankings, with be among the favourites to challenge for the title at the tournament.

Competition is due to begin tomorrow and will draw to a close on Sunday (July 31).

The tournament will begin without the defending champion Park, with the 28-year-old having withdrawn due to a thumb injury.

Park, who become the youngest player to enter the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour Hall of Fame last month, remains hopeful of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“This has been an incredibly hard decision for me to make and the reason I’ve left it to the very last minute," she said.

“Winning the British Open last year at Turnberry meant so much to me in more ways than you could imagine.

“Since the PGA I’ve been resting and rehabilitating my left thumb in the hope that I would be right to defend my title next week but it just needs a little bit more time.

“Therefore, I will be unable to attend this year’s British Open and now must concentrate on getting healthy and ready to compete for my country at the Olympic Games in Rio.”