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The United States Women's Open Golf Championship, one of thirteen national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), is one of the LPGA's major championships along with the LPGA Championship, the Women's British Open, and the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It is the only event to have been recognized as a major by the LPGA since its founding in 1950; the other current majors were established later.

Unlike its men's counterpart, the U.S. Women's Open is not globally recognized as a major championship. The Ladies European Tour does not sanction any of the three majors held in the United States, and the LPGA of Japan Tour has its own set of majors. However the significance of this is limited as the LPGA Tour is more dominant in women's golf than the PGA Tour is in men's golf.

In 2007, non-American players outnumbered Americans for the first time. The 2008 tournament was won by 19-year-old South Koreanmarker Inbee Park, who became the event's youngest winner ever.

Qualification

The U.S. Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur female golfer. Amateurs must have an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. Players may obtain a place by being fully exempt or by competing successfully in qualifying.

In 2002, the current two stage method of qualification was introduced - 18 holes for local qualifying and 36 holes for sectional qualifying.

There are eleven full exemption categories, including winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years, winners of the other three majors for the last five years, the top 40 from the previous year's LPGA Tour money list, the top 3 from the previous year's Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour, and Ladies European Tour money lists, and official winners of LPGA co-sponsored events for the 52 week period prior to the U.S. Women's Open.

There is no lower age limit. The youngest ever qualifier was 12-year-old Alexis Thompson, who qualified in 2007.

Winners

Year Champion Country Venue Location Score
2009 Eun-Hee Ji Saucon Valley Country Clubmarker Bethlehem, Pennsylvaniamarker E
2008 Inbee Park Interlachen Country Club Edina, Minnesotamarker -9
2007 Cristie Kerr Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolinamarker -5
2006 Annika Sörenstam (3) Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Islandmarker E PO
2005 Birdie Kim Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Coloradomarker +3
2004 Meg Mallon (2) The Orchards Golf Club South Hadley, Massachusettsmarker -10
2003 Hilary Lunke Pumpkin Ridge Golf Clubmarker, Witch Hollow Course North Plains, Oregonmarker -1 PO
2002 Juli Inkster (2) Prairie Dunes Golf Clubmarker Hutchinson, Kansasmarker -4
2001 Karrie Webb (2) Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolinamarker -7
2000 Karrie Webb The Merit Club Gurnee, Illinoismarker -6
1999 Juli Inkster Old Waverly Golf Club West Point, Mississippimarker -16
1998 Se Ri Pak Blackwolf Run Kohler, Wisconsinmarker +6 PO
1997 Alison Nicholas Pumpkin Ridge Golf Clubmarker, Witch Hollow Course North Plains, Oregonmarker -10
1996 Annika Sörenstam (2) Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolinamarker -8
1995 Annika Sörenstam Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course Colorado Springs, Coloradomarker -2
1994 Patty Sheehan (2) Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Old Course Lake Orion, Michiganmarker -7
1993 Lauri Merten Crooked Stick Golf Clubmarker Carmel, Indianamarker -4
1992 Patty Sheehan Oakmont Country Clubmarker Oakmont, Pennsylvaniamarker E PO
1991 Meg Mallon Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, Texasmarker -1
1990 Betsy King (2) Atlanta Athletic Clubmarker, Riverside Course Duluth, Georgiamarker -4
1989 Betsy King Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Old Course Lake Orion, Michiganmarker -2
1988 Liselotte Neumann Baltimore Country Club, Five Farms, East Course Baltimore, Marylandmarker -7
1987 Laura Davies Plainfield Country Club Edison, New Jerseymarker -3
1986 Jane Geddes NCR Country Club Kettering, Ohiomarker -1
1985 Kathy Guadagnino Baltusrol Golf Clubmarker Springfield, New Jerseymarker -8
1984 Hollis Stacy (3) Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusettsmarker +2
1983 Jan Stephenson Cedar Ridge Country Club Tulsa, Oklahomamarker +6
1982 Janet Anderson Del Paso Country Clubmarker Sacramento, Californiamarker -5
1981 Pat Bradley La Grange Country Club La Grange, Illinoismarker -9
1980 Amy Alcott Richland Country Club Nashville, Tennesseemarker -4
1979 Jerilyn Britz Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield, Connecticutmarker E
1978 Hollis Stacy (2) Country Club of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indianamarker +5
1977 Hollis Stacy Hazeltine National Golf Clubmarker Chaska, Minnesotamarker +4
1976 JoAnne Carner (2) Rolling Green Golf Club Springfield, Pennsylvania +8 PO
1975 Sandra Palmer Atlantic City Country Clubmarker Northfield, New Jerseymarker +7
1974 Sandra Haynie La Grange Country Club La Grange, Illinoismarker +7
1973 Susie Berning (3) Country Club of Rochester Rochester, New Yorkmarker +2
1972 Susie Berning (2) Winged Foot Golf Clubmarker, East Course Mamaroneck, New Yorkmarker +11
1971 JoAnne Carner Kahkwa Club Erie, Pennsylvaniamarker E
1970 Donna Caponi (2) Muskogee Country Club Muskogee, Oklahomamarker -1
1969 Donna Caponi Scenic Hills Country Club Pensacola, Floridamarker +6
1968 Susie Berning Moselem Springs Golf Club Fleetwood, Pennsylvaniamarker +5
1967 Catherine Lacoste (Am) The Homestead Hot Springs, Virginiamarker +6
1966 Sandra Spuzich Hazeltine National Golf Clubmarker Chaska, Minnesotamarker +9
1965 Carol Mann Atlantic City Country Clubmarker Northfield, New Jerseymarker +2
1964 Mickey Wright (4) San Diego Country Club Chula Vista, Californiamarker -3 PO
1963 Mary Mills Kenwood Country Club Cincinnati, Ohiomarker -3
1962 Murle Lindstrom Dunes Golf and Beach Club Myrtle Beach, South Carolinamarker +13
1961 Mickey Wright (3) Baltusrol Golf Clubmarker, Lower Course Springfield, New Jerseymarker +6
1960 Betsy Rawls (4) Worcester Country Club Worcester, Massachusettsmarker +4
1959 Mickey Wright (2) Churchill Valley Country Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker -1
1958 Mickey Wright Forest Lake Country Club Bloomfield Hills, Michiganmarker -2
1957 Betsy Rawls (3) Winged Foot Golf Clubmarker, East Course Mamaroneck, New Yorkmarker +7
1956 Kathy Cornelius Northland Country Club Duluth, Minnesotamarker +11 PO
1955 Fay Crocker Wichita Country Club Wichita, Kansasmarker +11
1954 Babe Zaharias (3) Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusettsmarker +3
1953 Betsy Rawls (2) Country Club of Rochester Rochester, New Yorkmarker +12 PO
1952 Louise Suggs (2) Bala Golf Club Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker -4
1951 Betsy Rawls Druid Hills Golf Clubmarker Atlanta, Georgiamarker +5
1950 Babe Zaharias (2) Rolling Hills Country Club Wichita, Kansasmarker +3
1949 Louise Suggs Prince Georges Golf and Country Club Landover, Marylandmarker +3
1948 Babe Zaharias Atlantic City Country Clubmarker Northfield, New Jerseymarker +12
1947 Betty Jameson Starmount Forest Country Club Greensboro, North Carolinamarker +7
1946 Patty Berg Spokane Country Club Spokane, Washingtonmarker MP


PO - Won in playoff

Am = Amateur

MP = Match play tournament

  1. U.S. Women's Open Notebook, Associated Press article on pgatour.com, June 26, 2007.
  2. U.S. Women's Open Qualifying, web page from 2008 U.S. Open web site


Multiple champions

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one U.S. Women’s Open.
Golfer Total Years
Betsy Rawls 4 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960
Mickey Wright 4 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964
Babe Zaharias 3 1948, 1950, 1954
Susie Berning 3 1968, 1972, 1973
Hollis Stacy 3 1977, 1978, 1984
Annika Sörenstam 3 1995, 1996, 2006
Louise Suggs 2 1949, 1952
Donna Caponi 2 1969, 1970
JoAnne Carner 2 1971, 1976
Betsy King 2 1989, 1990
Patty Sheehan 2 1992, 1994
Karrie Webb 2 2000, 2001
Juli Inkster 2 1999, 2002
Meg Mallon 2 1991, 2004


Champions by nationality

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality.
Nationality Number
of wins
49
4
4
3
2
1
1


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References

  1. U.S. Women's Open Notebook, Associated Press article on pgatour.com, June 26, 2007.
  2. U.S. Women's Open Qualifying, web page from 2008 U.S. Open web site


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