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U.S. Women's Open Records

The Record-Setters at the U.S. Women's Open

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U.S. Women's Open Records

Juli Inkster appears in several U.S. Women's Open records categories, including lowest score in relation to par.

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Here is a selection of records set during competition at the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament:

Four-Time Champions
• Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964)
• Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960)

Three-Time Champions
• Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954)
• Susie Berning (1968, 1972, 1973)
• Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984)
• Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006)

Most Top-5 Finishes
14 - Louise Suggs
10 - Mickey Wright
9 - Joanne Carner
8 - Pat Bradley
8 - Kathy Whitworth
7 - Patty Berg
7 - Sandra Haynie
7 - Betsy Rawls

Most Top-10 Finishes
19 - Louise Suggs
14 - Kathy Whitworth
13 - Patty Berg
13 - Mickey Wright
11 - Joanne Carner
10 - Marlene Hagge
10 - Beverly Hanson
10 - Betsy King
10 - Betsy Rawls
10 - Patty Sheehan

Most consecutive Years Playing U.S. Women's Open
31 - Hollis Stacy, 1970-2000
30 - Betsy King, 1975-2004
29 - Kath Whitworth, 1959-1987
29 - Marilynn Smith, 1948-1976
26 - Betsy Rawls, 1950-1975

Most Total Times Playing U.S. Women's Open
34 - Juli Inkster
33 - Marlene Hagge
32 - a-Carol Semple Thompson
31 - Kathy Whitworth
31 - Hollis Stacy
31 - Betsy King
30 - Patty Berg
30 - Marilynn Smith
30 - Beth Daniel

Oldest Winners
• Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1954 - 43 years, 6 days
• Juli Inkster, 2002 - 42 years, 14 days
• Meg Mallon, 2004 - 41 years, 2 months, 20 days

Youngest Winners
• Inbee Park, 2008 - 19 years, 11 months, 17 days
• Se Ri Pak, 1998 - 20 years, 9 months, 8 days
• So Yeon Ryu, 2012 - 21 years, 12 days
• Catherine Lacoste, 1967 - 22 years, 5 days
• Liselotte Neumann, 1988 - 22 years, 2 months, 4 days

Youngest to Play
• Beverly Klass, 1967 - 10 years, 7 months, 21 days
• Alexis Thompson, 2007 - 12 years, 4 months, 18 days

Youngest to Qualify
• Alexis Thompson, 2007 - 12 years, 4 months
• Morgan Pressel, 2001 - 12 years, 11 months

Youngest to Make Cut
• Marlene Hagge, 1947 - 13 years, 4 months, 13 days

Lowest Score, 9 Holes
30 - Pamela Wright, second nine of second round, 1994
30 - Juli Inskter, second nine of second round, 1997
30 - Raquel Carriedo, first nine of fourth round, 2002
30 - a-Brittany Lincicome, second nine of first round, 2004

Lowest Score, 18 Holes
63 - Helen Alfredsson, first round, 1994
64 - Kelli Kuehne, first round, 1999
64 - Lorie Kane, second round, 1999
64 - Becky Iverson, second round, 1999

Lowest Score, 72 Holes
272 - Annika Sorenstam (70-67-69-66), 1996
272 - Juli Inster (65-69-67-71), 1999
273 - Karrie Webb (70-65-69-69), 2001
274 - Alison Nicholas (70-66-67-71), 1997
274 - Meg Mallon (73-69-67-65), 2004

Lowest Score in Relation to Par, 72 holes
16-under - Juli Inkster, 1999
11-under - Sherri Turner, 1999
10-under - Alison Nicholas, 1997
10-under - Meg Mallon, 2004

Lowest Score By Non-Winner
275 (9-under) - Nancy Lopez, 1997

Highest Winning Score
302 - Betsy Rawls and Jacqueline Pung, 1953 (Rawls won playoff)
302 - Kathy Cornelius and a-Barbara McIntire, 1956 (Cornelius won playoff)
300 - Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1948

Largest Margin of Victory
14 strokes - Louise Suggs, 1949
12 strokes - Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1954

Most Career Rounds Under Par
24 - Beth Daniel
24 - Betsy King
21 - Meg Mallon
21 - Pat Bradley
21 - Patty Sheehan

Most Career Rounds in 60s
14 - Beth Daniel
13 - Patty Sheehan
12 - Juli Inkster
12 - Meg Mallon
12 - Se Ri Pak
12 - Kelly Robbins

Wire-to-Wire Winners
(Leading after each round, including ties)
• Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1954
• Fay Crocker, 1955
• Mickey Wright, 1958
• Mary Mills, 1963
• Mickey Wright, 1965*
• Catherine Lacoste, 1967
• Susie Maxwell Berning, 1968
• Donna Caponi, 1970
• JoAnne Carner, 1971
• Hollis Stacy, 1977
• Amy Alcott, 1980*
• Liselotte Neumann, 1988*
• Betsy King, 1989*
• Annika Sorenstam, 2006*
*includes ties

Best Final-Round Comeback to Win
5 strokes - Murle Lindstrom, 1962
5 strokes - Donna Caponi, 1969
5 strokes - Jane Geddes, 1986
5 strokes - Betsy King, 1990
5 strokes - Lauri Merten, 1993
5 strokes - Annika Sorenstam, 1995

Golfers Who Have Won the U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Open
• Patty Berg - 1938 Amateur; 1946 Open
• Betty Jameson - 1939, 1940 Amateurs; 1947 Open
• Babe Didrikson Zaharias - 1946 Amateur; 1948, 1950, 1954 Opens
• Louise Suggs - 1947 Amateur; 1949, 1952 Opens
• Catherine Lacoste - 1969 Amateur; 1967 Open
• JoAnne Carner - 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Amateurs; 1971, 1976 Opens
• Juli Inkster - 1980, 1981, 1982 Amateurs; 1999 Open

Golfers Who Have Won the U.S. Girls Junior, U.S. Women's Amateur and U.S. Women's Open
JoAnne Carner - 1956 Girls Junior; 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Amateurs; 1971, 1976 Opens

Low Finish by an Amateur
• First Place - Catherine Lacoste, 1967
• Solo Second Place - Betsy Rawls, 1950 (lost in playoff); Barbara McIntire, 1956 (lost in playoff); Jenny Chuasiriporn, 1998 (lost in playoff)
• Tied Second Place - Polly Riley, 1947; Sally Sessions, 1947; Nancy Lopez, 1975; Brittany Lang, 2005; Morgan Pressel, 2005

Low Score by an Amateur
283 - Grace Park, 1999
285 - Aree Song, 2003
285 - Paula Creamer, 2004
285 - Michelle Wie, 2004

U.S. Women's Open golf tournament homepage

(Source: USGA Media Guide)

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