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U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament

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U.S. Women's Open golf tournament

The trophy awarded to the winner of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament.

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About the U.S. Women's Open:

The U.S. Women's Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association, has been held every year since 1946. The first tournament was played at match play, but in every other year the format has been stroke play.

2014 US Women's Open
• When: June 19-22
• Where: Pinehurst No. 2, Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina

Profile of Pinehurst No. 2
Learn more about the site of this year's US Women's Open, the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course. This profile includes history and trivia.

2013 Tournament
Inbee Park won her second career U.S. Women's Open, taking this one by four strokes over runner-up I.K. Kim. Park finished at 8-under 280, one of only three players to finish the tournament under par. It was also Park's third straight win in a major - she started the 2013 season by winning the first three majors on the schedule.

Final Leaders
Inbee Park, 280
I.K. Kim, 284
So Yeon Ryu, 287
Paula Creamer, 289
Angela Stanford, 289
Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, 289
Brittany Lang, 290
Jessica Korda, 290
View Leaderboard

2012 U.S. Women's Open
Na Yeon Choi took a 6-stroke lead into the final round and went on to win by four strokes for her first major championship. Choi carded a 73 in the final round, but ran into trouble in the middle of her round. She triple-bogied the 10th, and at one point her lead over Amy Yang was down to just two. Yang shot a 71 in the last round to finish second.

US Women's Open Official Web site

U.S. Women's Open Records:

  • Low round: 63 — Helen Alfredsson, first round, 1994
  • Low total: 272 - Annika Sorenstam, 1996; Juli Inkster, 1999
More U.S. Women's Open Records

U.S. Women's Open Golf Courses:

Recent Sites
Full List of U.S. Women's Open Golf Courses

Future Sites

  • 2014 - Pinehurst No. 2, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
  • 2015 - Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2016 - CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, Calif.
  • 2017 - Trump National, Bedminster, N.J.

U.S. Women's Open Trivia and Notes:

  • The U.S. Women's Open is the only USGA championship that was started by another organization. The Women's Professional Golf Association, a precursor to the LPGA, founded the Women's Open in 1946. The USGA took over the tournament in 1953.

  • The purse for the first Women's Open totaled $19,700. According to the USGA, that sum was raised by the Spokane (Wash.) Athletic Round Table through that organization's slot machine proceeds.

  • Patty Berg defeated Betty Jameson, 5-and-4, in the 36-hole championship match of the first U.S. Women's Open in 1946, which is also the only time match play has been the format.
  • Betsy Rawls was the first four-time winner of the U.S. Women's Open, and Mickey Wright the only other four-time winner.

  • The U.S. Women's Open was first televised in 1965, when only the final round was shown.

  • Nancy Lopez finished second as an amateur in 1975, but never won this tournament.

  • Fourteen golfers have won the U.S. Women's Open to record their first recognized LPGA Tour victory. Those include Donna Caponi (1969), Laura Davies (1987) and Annika Sorenstam (1995).
  • In 2007, Alexis Thompson became the youngest golfer to make it through qualifying and into the U.S. Women's Open, at 12 years, 4 months. But the youngest player in the field was Beverly Klass, who was just 10 1/2 years old when she played in 1967 (there was no qualifying at that time).

  • Inbee Park won her second overall U.S. Women's Open in 2013, but it was her third consecutive major championship win of the year. Park became only the second player in the history of women's pro golf to win the first three majors of the season.

U.S. Women's Open - Past Champions:

2013 - Inbee Park
2012 - Na Yeon Choi
2011 - So Yeon Ryu
2010 - Paula Creamer
2009 - Eun-Hee Ji
2008 - Inbee Park
2007 - Cristie Kerr
2006 - Annika Sorenstam
Full List of U.S. Women's Open Winners

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