History

2013 — Arriving at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., having won the first two majors of 2013, Inbee Park seemed immune to the pressure that can come with that distinction, grabbing the 36-hole lead before ultimately clinching a four-shot victory over I.K. Kim. Park, the 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion, was never seriously threatened down the stretch, and joined Babe Didrikson Zaharias as the second woman in history to win the first three majors in a calendar year.
2012 — Fourteen years after Se Ri Pak changed women's golf in Korea forever with her U.S. Women's Open victory at Blackwolf Run, countrywoman Na Yeon Choi followed in her childhood idol's footsteps at the Kohler, Wis., golf course, firing a third-round 65 to put her ahead of the pack and allowing her to hold on for a four-shot victory over Amy Yang. With temperatures eclipsing triple digits, Choi's round on Saturday was the lowest score in the field that weekend by three strokes.
2010 — The most recent American to claim the U.S. Women's Open title is Paula Creamer, who opened with a 72 before following with three straight under-par rounds to win the championship by four strokes over Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Creamer's final-round 69 was crucial in preserving her three-stoke 54-hole lead, as 10 scores in the 60s were posted on Sunday after only one sub-70 round was posted through the first three rounds.
2006 — In the final 18-hole playoff at a U.S. Women's Open, Annika Sorenstam claimed the final major of her legendary career, defeating Pat Hurst by four shots at Newport (R.I.) Country Club after the two were tied after 72 holes. The Women's Open title was the third of Sorenstam's career, but her first since 1996, when she won the championship in back-to-back years. The playoff format has since transitioned to three-hole aggregate score.
2005 — With one of the most memorable shots in U.S. Women's Open history, Birdie Kim holed out from a bunker right of the 18th green on Sunday afternoon to secure a two-shot victory over amateurs Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village,Colo. Kim entered the championship with just one career top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour. As she stepped into the bunker, Johnny Miller told the television audience, “This is the most important shot of her life right here.” Indeed.
2002 — Three years after capturing what had been an elusive U.S. Women's Open title for Juli Inkster, the six-time major champion made a Sunday charge at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., that would be remembered for years to come. A birdie putt on No. 16 on Sunday gave her a three-shot lead and propelled her to a final-round 66 that put her two shots ahead of 54-hole leader Annika Sorenstam, winning her second Women's Open.
1998 — In a performance that inspired a nation, Korea's Se Ri Pak captured the 1998 U.S. Women's Open title at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. Pak withstood 72nd-hole fireworks from Duke standout Jenny Chuasiriporn, who holed a winding, 45-foot putt to force a Monday playoff. After Chuasiriporn, trying to become just the second amateur in history to win the championship, couldn't convert from 12 feet on the 90th hole, the two entered extra holes, where Pak rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 92 to seal the victory, becoming the first Korean-born player to win the title. Five Korean-born players have won since.
1992 — Juli Inkster and Patty Sheehan had both tasted success at the highest levels of the game, but neither had captured the U.S. Women's Open title when they arrived at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club for the 1992 edition of the championship. It took an extra 18 holes to sort things out, as, with Inkster looking on, Sheehan made a 15-foot, uphill putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Sheehan edged Inkster by two strokes the next day to capture her first of two Women's Open titles.
1981 — Two-time U.S. Women's Amateur champion Beth Daniel gave Pat Bradley, already a major champion, all she could handle during the final round of the 1981 U.S. Women's Open at La Grange Country Club in suburban Chicago. A 24-year-old rising star, Daniel fired a final-round 68, but clutch shot-making on the back nine by Bradley on Sunday led to a 66, edging Daniel by a stroke for her second of six career major titles.
1976 — In a playoff between two U.S. Women's Open champions, JoAnne Gunderson Carner squared off against defending champion Sandra Palmer at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa. Carner, known as “Big Mama” to her adoring fans, jumped out to a quick lead before Palmer pulled even. Clutch putts on the last two holes secured a two-stroke victory for Carner, becoming the only woman to date to win eight USGA championships.
1961 — Fading after leading through 36 holes the previous year in her quest for a third straight U.S. Women's Open victory, two-time champion Mickey Wright, known for having one of the finest swings in the game's history, was solid down the stretch at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. She fired a third-round 69, the only sub-70 score of the championship, on her way to a six-shot victory over defending champion Betsy Rawls.
1960 — Betsy Rawls, already a three-time winner of the U.S. Women's Open, showed in the 1960 edition of the championship why she was able to achieve so much success at the highest levels of the game. Trailing two-time defending champion Mickey Wright by seven shots through 36 holes at Worcester (Mass.) Country Club, Rawls fired a third-round 68 to pull even with Wright, and ultimately prevailed, becoming the first player to claim the title four times.
1954 — When she arrived at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass., Babe Didrikson Zaharias was already a legend, earning Olympic gold medals in track and field before becoming the world's best women's golfer. Her win in the 1954 U.S. Women's Open, though, may have topped all of her previous athletic achievements, as just a month removed from colon cancer surgery, she recorded a dominant 12-stroke victory for her third win in the championship.

Age Amateurs
Champions Course
Entries Scoring
Miscellaneous The Last Time It Happened


Age

Oldest Champion (years/months/days)

43/0/6 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 1954
42/0/14 — Juli Inkster, 2002
41/2/20 — Meg Mallon, 2004

Youngest Champion

19/11/17 — Inbee Park, 2008
20/9/8 — Se Ri Pak, 1998
21/0/12 — So Yeon Ryu, 2011

Youngest Competitor

10/7/21 — Beverly Klass, 1967
12/4/18 — Alexis Thompson, 2007
12/6 — Marlene Hagge, 1946

Youngest Qualifier

12/4/18 — Alexis Thompson, 2007
12/11 — Morgan Pressel, 2001

Youngest to Make Cut

13/4/13 — Marlene Hagge, 1947



Amateurs

Most Amateurs to Start Championship
57 (1958)

Most Amateurs to Complete 72 Holes

22 (1954)

Best Finish by an Amateur

1 — Catherine Lacoste, Virginia Hot Springs G. & T.C. (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va., 1967
2 — Betsy Rawls, Rolling Hills C.C., Wichita, Kan., 1950
2 — Barbara McIntire, Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn., 1956 (lost in playoff)
2 — Jenny Chuasiriporn, Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis., 1998 (lost in playoff)
T2 — Polly Riley, Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C., 1947
T2 — Sally Sessions, Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C., 1947
T2 — Nancy Lopez, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1975
T2 — Brittany Lang, Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 2005
T2 — Morgan Pressel, Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 2005

Lowest 72-Hole Score by an Amateur

283 — Grace Park (finished T8), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
285 — Aree Song (finished 5), Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 2003
285 — Paula Creamer (finished T13), Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
285 — Michelle Wie (finished T13), Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
289 — Brittany Lang (finished T2), Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 2005
289 — Morgan Pressel (finished T2), Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 2005




Champions

Most Victories

4 — Betsy Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960)
4 — Mickey Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964)
3 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954)
3 — Susie Maxwell Berning (1968, 1972, 1973)
3 — Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984)
3 — Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006)


Consecutive Victories

2 — Mickey Wright (1958, 1959)
2 — Donna Caponi (1969, 1970)
2 — Susie Maxwell Berning (1972, 1973)
2 — Hollis Stacy (1977, 1978)
2 — Betsy King (1989, 1990)
2 — Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996)
2 — Karrie Webb (2000, 2001)

Other Multiple Champions

2 — Louise Suggs (1949, 1952)
2 — JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1971, 1976)
2 — Meg Mallon (1991, 2004)
2 — Patty Sheehan (1992, 1994)
2 — Juli Inkster (1999, 2002)
2 — Inbee Park (2008, 2013)

Start-to-Finish Winners (No Ties) (9)

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1954)
Fay Crocker (1955)
Mickey Wright (1958)
Mary Mills (1963)
Catherine Lacoste (1967)
Susie Maxwell Berning (1968)
Donna Caponi (1970)
JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1971)
Hollis Stacy (1977)

Start-to-Finish Winners (Including Ties) (5)

Mickey Wright (1964)
Amy Alcott (1980)
Liselotte Neumann (1988)
Betsy King (1989)
Annika Sorenstam (2006)

Winners of Women's Amateur and Women's Open (7)

Patty Berg (1938 Amateur; 1946 Open)
Betty Jameson (1939, 1940 Amateur; 1947 Open)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1946 Amateur; 1948, 1950, 1954 Open)
Louise Suggs (1947 Amateur; 1949, 1952 Open)
Catherine Lacoste (1969 Amateur; 1967 Open)
JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Amateur; 1971, 1976 Open)
Juli Inkster (1980, 1981, 1982 Amateur; 1999, 2002 Open)

Winner of Girls’ Junior, Women’s Amateur and Women’s Open (1)

JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1956 Junior; 1957, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968 Amateur; 1971, 1976 Open)
Longest Span Between Victories

13 years — Meg Mallon (1991, 2004)
Course

Longest Courses

7,047 yards — The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2011

Shortest Course

6,010 yards — Brooklawn C.C., Fairfield, Conn., 1979


Longest Par-3 Holes

252 yards — 8th, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2010
227 yards — 8th, Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 2008
211 yards — 13th, Newport (R.I.) C.C., 2006
211 yards — 5th, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2007

Longest Par-4 Holes

459 yards — 18th, Cherry Hills C.C., Cherry Hills Village, Colo., 2005
455 yards — 3rd, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012
453 yards — 3rd, Broadmoor G.C. (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 1995

Longest Par-5 Holes

603 yards — 17th, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2011
602 yards — 12th, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2010
602 yards — 16th, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012
590 yards — 5th, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012

Most Times Host Site

3 — Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J. (1948, 1965, 1975)
3 — Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C. (1996, 2001, 2007))



Entries

Largest

1,420 (2013)

Smallest

37 (1953)




Scoring

Evolution of U.S. Women’s Open Scoring Records

291 — Louise Suggs, Prince Georges G. & C.C., Landover, Md., 1949
291 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Rolling Hills C.C., Wichita, Kan., 1950
284 — Louise Suggs, Bala G.C., Philadelphia, Pa., 1952
284 — Jerilyn Britz, Brooklawn C.C., Fairfield, Conn., 1979
280 — Amy Alcott, Richland C.C., Nashville, Tenn., 1980
279 — Pat Bradley, La Grange (Ill.) C.C., 1981
277 — Liselotte Neumann, Baltimore (Md.) C.C. (Five Farms, East Course), 1988
277 — Patty Sheehan, Indianwood G. & C.C. (Old Course), 1994
272 — Annika Sorenstam, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 1996
272 — Juli Inkster, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999

Lowest Score, 72 Holes

272 — Annika Sorenstam (70-67-69-66), Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 1996
272 — Juli Inkster (65-69-67-71), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
273 — Karrie Webb (70-65-69-69), Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2001
274 — Alison Nicholas (70-66-67-71), Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
274 — Meg Mallon (73-69-67-65), Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004

Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes

16 — Juli Inkster, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
11 — Sherri Turner, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
10 — Alison Nicholas, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
10 — Meg Mallon, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004

Most Strokes Under Par at Any Point

16 — Juli Inkster (fourth round), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
13 — Alison Nicholas (fourth round), Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
12 — Kelli Kuehne (fourth round), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
12 — Lorie Kane (fourth round), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss, 1999

Lowest Score by Non-Winner, 72 Holes

275 (9 under) — Nancy Lopez, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997

Lowest Score, First 54 Holes

201 — Juli Inkster (65-69-67), Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
203 — Alison Nicholas (70-66-67), Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
204 — Karrie Webb (70-65-69), Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2001

Lowest Score, First 36 Holes

132 — Helen Alfredsson (63-69), Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994

Lowest Score, Any Round

63 — Helen Alfredsson, first round, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
64 — Kelli Kuehne, first round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
64 — Lorie Kane, second round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
64 — Becky Iverson, second round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
65 — Sally Little, fourth round, Country Club of Indianapolis (Ind.), 1978
65 — Judy Clark, third round, Baltusrol G.C. (Upper Course), Springfield, N.J., 1985
65 — Ayako Okamoto, fourth round, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1989
65 — Pamela Wright, second round, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
65 — Karrie Webb, third round, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
65 — Tammie Green, fourth round, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
65 — Juli Inkster, first round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
65 — Karrie Webb, second round, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2001
65 — Meg Mallon, fourth round, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
65 — Song-Hee Kim, fourth round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2010
65 — Na Yeon Choi, third round, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012

Lowest Score, First Round

63 Helen Alfredsson, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
64 — Kelli Kuehne, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
65 — Juli Inkster, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999

Lowest Score, Second Round

64 — Lorie Kane, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
64 — Becky Iverson, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
65 — Pamela Wright, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
65 — Karrie Webb, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2001
66 — Susie Maxwell Berning, Brooklawn C.C., Fairfield, Conn., 1979
66 — Michelle McGann, Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind., 1993
66 — Juli Inkster, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
66 — Alison Nicholas, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
66 — Sophie Gustafson, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 2001
66 — Michelle Wie, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012

Lowest Score, Third Round

65 — Judy Clark, Baltusrol G.C. (Upper Course), Springfield, N.J., 1985
65 — Karrie Webb, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
65 — Na Yeon Choi, Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wis., 2012

Lowest Score, Fourth Round

65 — Sally Little, Country Club of Indianapolis (Ind.), 1978
65 — Ayako Okamoto, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1989
65 — Tammie Green, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
65 — Meg Mallon, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
65 — Song-Hee Kim, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2010

Lowest Score, 9 Holes

30 — Pamela Wright, second nine, second round, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
30 — Juli Inkster, second nine, second round, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
30 — Raquel Carriedo, first nine, fourth round, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., 2002
30 — a-Brittany Lincicome, second nine, first round, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
30 — Jodi Ewart Shadoff, first nine, first round, Sebonack G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 2013

Largest 54-Hole Lead

10 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass., 1954

Largest 36-Hole Lead

9 — Patty Sheehan, Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth. Ga., 1990
8 — Patty Berg, Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.), 1953
8 — Fay Crocker, Wichita (Kan.) C.C., 1955

Largest 18-Hole Lead

3 — Louise Suggs, Prince Georges G. & C.C. (Bala Course), Landover, Md., 1949
3 — Patty Berg, Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.), 1953
3 — Ruth Jessen, Dunes G. & B.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1962
3 — Kathy Ahern, La Grange (Ill.) C.C., 1974
3 — Helen Alfredsson, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
3 — Mhairi McKay, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 2003

Best Comeback by Winner, Final Round

5 strokes — Murle Lindstrom (78-74-76-73), Dunes G. & B.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1962
5 strokes — Donna Caponi (74-76-75-73), Scenic Hills C.C., Pensacola, Fla., 1969
5 strokes — Jane Geddes (74-74-70-69), NCR C.C., Kettering, Ohio, 1986
5 strokes — Betsy King (72-71-71-70), Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside Course), Duluth, Ga., 1990
5 strokes — Lauri Merten (71-71-70-68), Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind., 1993
5 strokes — Annika Sorenstam (67-71-72-68), Broadmoor G.C. (East Course) Colorado Springs, Colo., 1995

Best Comeback to Tie, Final Round

8 strokes — a-Barbara McIntire (75-79-77-71), Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn., 1956 (lost playoff to Kathy Cornelius)

Largest Winning Margin

14 — Louise Suggs (291), Prince Georges G. & C.C. (Bala Course), Landover, Md., 1949
12 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias (291), Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass., 1954

Lowest Score by Winner, First Round

65 — Juli Inkster, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
66 — Patty Sheehan, Indianwood G. & C.C., Lake Orion, Mich., 1994
67 — Liselotte Neumann, Baltimore (Md.) C.C. (Five Farms, East Course), 1988
67 — Betsy King, Indianwood G. & C.C. (Old Course), Lake Orion, Mich., 1989
67 — Annika Sorenstam, Broadmoor G.C. (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 1995
67 — Juli Inkster, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., 2002
67 — Inbee Park, Sebonack G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 2013

Highest Score by Winner, First Round

79 — Susie Maxwell Berning, Winged Foot G.C. (East Course), 1972
78 — Murle Lindstrom, Dunes G. & B.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1962
78 — Carol Mann, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1965
78 — Sandra Palmer, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1975

Lowest Score by Winner, Final Round

65 — Meg Mallon, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass., 2004
66 — Pat Bradley, La Grange (Ill.) C.C., 1981
66 — Annika Sorenstam, Pine Needles L. & G.C., Southern Pines, N.C., 1996
66 — Juli Inkster, Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan., 2002
67 — Meg Mallon, Colonial C.C., Fort Worth, Texas, 1991

Highest Score by Winner, Final Round

79 — Kathy Cornelius, Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn., 1956
79 — a-Catherine Lacoste, Virginia Hot Springs G. & T.C. (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Va., 1967
78 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1948

Highest Score to Lead Field, 18 Holes

74 — a-Polly Riley, Louise Suggs and Patty Berg, Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C., 1947
74 — Peggy Kirk, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1948
74 — Louise Suggs, Rolling Hills C.C., Wichita, Kan., 1950
74 — Fay Crocker, Wichita (Kan.) C.C., 1955
74 — Mickey Wright, Forest Lake C.C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 1958

Highest Score to Lead Field, 36 Holes

149 — a-Polly Riley and a-Estelle Page, Starmount Forest C.C., Greens­boro, N.C., 1947
149 — Betty Bush, Rolling Hills C.C., Wichita, Kan., 1950
149 — Sandra Spuzich and Mickey Wright, Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska, Minn., 1966

Highest Score to Lead Field, 54 Holes

225 — Betty Jameson, Starmount Forest C.C., Greensboro, N.C., 1947
225 — Fay Crocker, Wichita (Kan.) C.C., 1955
225 — Sandra Spuzich, Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska, Minn., 1966

Highest Score to Lead Field, 72 Holes

302 Betsy Rawls and Jacqueline Pung, Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.), 1953
302 Kathy Cornelius and a-Barbara McIntire, Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn., 1956
300 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Atlantic City C.C., Northfield, N.J., 1948

Most Sub-Par Rounds, Championship

135 — Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
91 — Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 2008
89 — Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind., 1993

Most Sub-Par Scores, One Round

61 — Second round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
44 — First round, Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
38 — Second round, Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind., 1993

Players Who Led First Three Rounds But Did Not Win (6)

Mickey Wright (1960)
Ruth Jessen (1962)
Kathy Whitworth (1981)
Patty Sheehan (1990)
Pat Bradley (1991)
Helen Alfredsson (1993)

Lowest Cut

144 (Even) — Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss., 1999
145 (3 over) — Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind., 1993

Highest Cut

179 (35 over) — Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass., 1954
179 (31 over) — Northland C.C., Duluth, Minn., 1956



Miscellaneous

Most Consecutive Women’s Opens Started

31 — Hollis Stacy (1970-2000)
30 — Betsy King (1975-2004)
29 — Kathy Whitworth (1959-1987)
29 — Marilynn Smith (1948-1976)


Most Appearances

34 — Juli Inkster
33 — Marlene Hagge
32 — a-Carol Semple Thompson
31 — Betsy King
31 — Hollis Stacy
31 — Kathy Whitworth

Most Players Completed 72 Holes

79 — NCR C.C., Kettering, Ohio, 1986
76 — Broadmoor G.C. (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 1995
74 — Colonial C.C., Fort Worth, Texas, 1991
74 — Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 2008

Most Top-5 Finishes

14 — Louise Suggs
10 — Mickey Wright
9 — JoAnne Gunderson Carner

Most Top-10 Finishes

19 — Louise Suggs
14 — Kathy Whitworth
13 — Patty Berg
13 — Mickey Wright

Consecutive Top-5 Finishes

5 — Mickey Wright (1958-62)
5 — JoAnne Gunderson Carner (1974-78)
4 — Ruth Jessen (1961-64)
4 — Dottie Pepper (1988-91)
4 — Louise Suggs (1949-52)
4 — Kathy Whitworth (1968-71)
4 — Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1948-51)
3 — Patty Berg (1948-50, 1955-57)
3 — I.K. Kim (2008-10)
3 — Louise Suggs (1957-59, 1961-63)

Consecutive Top-10 Finishes

15 — Louise Suggs (1949-63)
8 — Patty Berg (1946-53)
8 — Beverly Hanson (1948-55)
6 — Clifford Ann Creed (1965-70)

Most Career Sub-Par Rounds

24 — Beth Daniel
24 — Betsy King
21 Meg Mallon
21 Pat Bradley
21 Patty Sheehan

Most Rounds in the 60s

14 — Beth Daniel
13 — Patty Sheehan
12 — Juli Inkster
12 — Meg Mallon
12 — Se Ri Pak
12 — Kelly Robbins

Most Holes-in-One, One Championship

3 — 1998, Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis.

Holes-in-One (20)

a-Martha Cowden, 4th hole, Druid Hills G.C., Atlanta, Ga., 1951
Patty Berg, 7th hole, Churchill Valley C.C., Pittsburgh, Pa., 1959
Gerda Whalen, 7th hole, Scenic Hills C.C., Pensacola, Fla., 1969
a-Nancy Porter, 6th hole, Winged Foot G.C. (East Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 1972
a-Nancy Porter, 16th hole, Rolling Green G.C., Springfield, Pa., 1976
a-Amy Geithner, 14th hole, La Grange (Ill.) C.C., 1981
Julie Stanger, 17th hole, La Grange (Ill.) C.C., 1981
Pat Bradley, 6th hole, Cedar Ridge C.C., Tulsa, Okla., 1983
Susan Fromuth, 15th hole, Cedar Ridge C.C., Tulsa, Okla., 1983
Jane Lock, 15th hole, Cedar Ridge C.C., Tulsa, Okla., 1983
a-Joan Ellis, 15th hole, Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass., 1984
a-Sarah Dekraay, 8th hole, NCR C.C., Kettering, Ohio, 1986
Kristi Albers, 4th hole, Baltimore (Md.) C.C. (Five Farms, East Course), 1988
Susan Sanders, 4th hole, Colonial C.C., Fort Worth, Texas, 1991
Susie Redman, 15th hole, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997
Helen Alfredsson, 8th hole, Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis., 1998
Clarissa Childs, 8th hole, Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis., 1998
Brandie Burton, 13th hole, Blackwolf Run G.C., Kohler, Wis., 1998
Tracy Hanson, 12th hole, Pumpkin Ridge G.C. (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 2003
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, 12th hole, Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minn., 2008
a-Sun Gyoung Park, 6th hole, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2010

Most Eagles at One Championship

36 — 2004, Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass.
30 — 1993, Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind.

Most Eagles, One Hole, One Championship

27 — 2004, 13th hole (par 5), Orchards G.C., South Hadley, Mass.
24 — 1993, 9th hole (par 5), Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind.

YearChampionScoreClubCityStateEntries
2013Inbee Park280Sebonack G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.1420
2012Na Yeon Choi281Blackwolf RunKohlerWis.1364
2011So Yeon Ryu*281The BroadmoorColorado SpringsColo.1295
2010Paula Creamer281Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.1296
2009Eun-Hee Ji284Saucon Valley C.C. BethlehemPa.1278
2008Inbee Park283Interlachen C.C.EdinaMinn.1236
2007Cristie Kerr279Pine Needles L. & G.C.Southern PinesN.C.1251
2006Annika Sorenstam*284Newport C.C.NewportR.I.1097
2005Birdie Kim287Cherry Hills C.C.Cherry Hills VillageColo.1158
2004Meg Mallon274Orchards G.C.South HadleyMass.1097
2003Hilary Lunke*283Pumpkin Ridge G.C.North PlainsOre.929
2002Juli Inkster276Prairie Dunes C.C.HutchinsonKan.971
2001Karrie Webb273Pine Needles L. & G.C.Southern PinesN.C.980
2000Karrie Webb282The Merit ClubGurneeIll.953
1999Juli Inkster272Old Waverly G.C.West PointMiss.844
1998Se Ri Pak*290Blackwolf Run G.C.KohlerWis.925
1997Alison Nicholas274Pumpkin Ridge G.C.North PlainsOre.830
1996Annika Sorenstam272Pine Needles L. & G.C.Southern PinesN.C.875
1995Annika Sorenstam278Broadmoor G.C.Colorado SpringsColo.826
1994Patty Sheehan277Indianwood G. & C.C. Lake OrionMich.858
1993Lauri Merten280Crooked Stick G.C.CarmelInd.850
1992Patty Sheehan*280Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.843
1991Meg Mallon283Colonial C.C.Fort WorthTexas865
1990Betsy King284Atlanta Athletic Club DuluthGa..785
1989Betsy King278Indianwood G. & C.C. Lake OrionMich.736
1988Liselotte Neumann277Baltimore C.C. BaltimoreMd.736
1987Laura Davies*285Plainfield C.C.PlainfieldN.J.712
1986Jane Geddes*287NCR C.C.KetteringOhio704
1985Kathy Baker280Baltusrol G.C.SpringfieldN.J.626
1984Hollis Stacy290Salem C.C.PeabodyMass.558
1983Jan Stephenson290Cedar Ridge C.C.TulsaOkla.414
1982Janet Alex283Del Paso C.C.SacramentoCalif.360
1981Pat Bradley279La Grange C.C.La GrangeIll.434
1980Amy Alcott280Richland C.C.NashvilleTenn.337
1979Jerilyn Britz284Brooklawn C.C.FairfieldConn.335
1978Hollis Stacy289C.C. of IndianapolisIndianapolisInd.297
1977Hollis Stacy292Hazeltine National G.C.ChaskaMinn.197
1976JoAnne Carner*292Rolling Green G.C.SpringfieldPa.205
1975Sandra Palmer295Atlantic City C.C.NorthfieldN.J.175
1974Sandra Haynie295La Grange C.C.La GrangeIll.155
1973Susie Berning290C.C. of RochesterRochesterN.Y.150
1972Susie Berning299Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.176
1971JoAnne Carner288Kahkwa ClubEriePa.141
1970Donna Caponi287Muskogee C.C.MuskogeeOkla.131
1969Donna Caponi294Scenic Hills C.C.PensacolaFla.99
1968Susie Berning289Moselem Springs G.C.FleetwoodPa.104
1967Catherine Lacoste294Virginia Hot Springs G. & C.C.Hot SpringsVa.98
1966Sandra Spuzich297Hazeltine National G.C.ChaskaMinn.101
1965Carol Mann290Atlantic City C.C.NorthfieldN.J.84
1964Mickey Wright*290San Diego C.C.Chula VistaCalif.57
1963Mary Mills289Kenwood C.C.CincinnatiOhio84
1962Murle Lindstrom301Dunes G. & B.C.Myrtle BeachS.C.70
1961Mickey Wright293Baltusrol G.C.SpringfieldN.J.85
1960Betsy Rawls292Worcester C.C.WorcesterMass.57
1959Mickey Wright287Churchill Valley C.C.PittsburghPa.63
1958Mickey Wright290Forest Lake C.C.Bloomfield HillMich.57
1957Betsy Rawls299Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.98
1956Kathy Cornelius*302Northland C.C.DuluthMinn.46
1955Fay Crocker299Wichita C.C.WichitaKan.49
1954Babe Zaharias291Salem C.C.PeabodyMass.58
1953Betsy Rawls*302C.C. of RochesterRochesterN.Y.37
1952Louise Suggs284Bala G.C.PhiladelphiaPa.
1951Betsy Rawls293Druid Hills G.C.AtlantaGa.
1950Babe Zaharias291Rolling Hills C.C.WichitaKan.
1949Louise Suggs291Prince Georges G. & C.C.LandoverMd.
1948Babe Zaharias300Atlantic City C.C.NorthfieldN.J.
1947Betty Jameson295Starmount Forest C.C.GreensboroN.C.
1946Patty Berg5 and 4#Spokane C.C.SpokaneWash.

*Won in Playoff
# Only championship conducted at match play
Entries not available prior to 1953, the first year the USGA conducted the championship

1946: The first U.S. Women's Open is conducted by the Women's Professional Golfers Association. Patty Berg defeats Betty Jameson, 5 and 4, at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club in the 36-hole final. It is the only Women's Open conducted at match play.
1948: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins the first of her three U.S. Women's Opens, an eight-stroke victory at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, N.J.
1949: The Ladies Professional Golf Association is founded and assumes control of the U.S. Women's Open. Louise Suggs cruises to a 14-stroke victory at Prince Georges Golf & Country Club in Landover, Md., the largest margin of victory in championship history.
1951: Betsy Rawls claims the first of her record-tying four U.S. Women's Opens, a five-stroke triumph at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga.
1952: Louise Suggs wins her second U.S. Women's Open title, a seven-stroke victory over Marlene Bauer and Betty Jameson. Her record 72-hole score of 284 would stand until 1980.
1953: The USGA assumes control of the championship at the LPGA's request. Betsy Rawls defeats Jacqueline Pung at the Country Club of Rochester (N.Y.) in the first playoff in Women's Open history.
1954: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins the U.S. Women's Open at age 43 at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass., to become the oldest champion in Women's Open history.
1955: Fay Crocker, of Uruguay, becomes the first foreign-born U.S. Women's Open champion, winning by four strokes at Wichita (Kan.) Country Club.
1964: Mickey Wright matches Betsy Rawls by winning her fourth U.S. Women's Open, defeating Ruth Jessen in an 18-hole playoff at San Diego Country Club in Wright's hometown. All of Wright's victories come in a seven-year span (1958, 1959, 1961).
1965: The U.S. Women's Open is televised nationally for the first time as Carol Mann claims victory at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield, N.J.
1967: France's Catherine Lacoste, the daughter of tennis champion and fashion designer René Lacoste, becomes the only amateur to win the U.S. Women's Open, prevailing by two strokes at Virginia Hot Springs Golf & Tennis Club in Hot Springs, Va.
1971: Eight-time USGA champion JoAnne Gunderson Carner wins her first of two U.S. Women's Open titles, a seven-stroke victory at the Kahkwa Club in Erie, Pa.
1976: U.S. Women's Open entries reach a record 205, and sectional qualifying is introduced at three sites.
1977: Hollis Stacy earns her first of three U.S. Women's Opens with a two-stroke win over Nancy Lopez at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. She would go on to win again in 1978 and 1984.
1980: Amy Alcott sets the U.S. Women's Open scoring record with a 72-hole total of 280 at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. Her nine-stroke margin of victory is the championship's largest since 1954.
1987: The U.S. Women's Open requires a three-way playoff to determine a champion for the first time. Laura Davies emerges victorious over Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Gunderson Carner at Plainfield (N.J.) Country Club. Davies' win begins a run of 15 victories in 27 years for foreign-born players after they had claimed just three of the first 41 championships.
1989: Betsy King claims the first of consecutive U.S. Women's Opens, topping Nancy Lopez by four strokes at Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course) in Lake Orion, Mich.
1994: Helen Alfredsson cards an 8-under-par 63 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, the lowest round in Women's Open history.
1995: Sweden's Annika Sorenstam wins her first of three U.S. Women's Opens, edging Meg Mallon by one stroke at Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
1996: Annika Sorenstam defends her U.S. Women's Open crown, setting a 72-hole scoring record of 272 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
1998: Se Ri Pak, of Korea, outlasts amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in a playoff at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. At 20 years old, Pak becomes the youngest U.S. Women's Open champion. The playoff between Pak and Chuasiriporn is the first to require more than 18 holes, with Pak winning on the second extra hole . Pak becomes the first Korean-born player to win the championship; five of her countrywomen have claimed victory since.
1999: Juli Inkster ties Annika Sorenstam's U.S. Women's Open 72-hole scoring record of 272 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.
2000: Karrie Webb wins the first of back-to-back U.S. Women's Opens with a five-stroke win at The Merit Club in Gurnee, Ill. She is the second Australia native to win the Women's Open, joining Jan Stephenson in 1983.
2002: Qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open is held in two stages for the first time: 18 holes for local qualifying and 36 holes for sectional qualifying.
2003: Hilary Lunke defeats Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins in a three-way U.S. Women's Open playoff at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course) in North Plains, Ore. Lunke's win makes her the only champion in Women's Open history to win after competing in both local and sectional qualifying.
2004: Meg Mallon shoots 65 – the lowest score ever by a champion in the final round – to defeat Annika Sorenstam by two strokes at Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass., and claim her second U.S. Women's Open title. Women's Open entries eclipse 1,000 for the first time.
2006: Annika Sorenstam wins her third U.S. Women's Open title, defeating Pat Hurst in an 18-hole playoff at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. A three-hole aggregate score playoff format, immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round, is adopted for subsequent championships.
2007: Lexi Thompson becomes the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history, competing in the championship at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., at the age of 12 years, 4 months and 18 days.
2008: Inbee Park, of Korea, becomes the youngest U.S. Women's Open champion at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, 10 months younger than Se Ri Pak, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
2011: So Yeon Ryu, of Korea, defeats countrywoman Hee Kyung Seo in the first three-hole, aggregate-score playoff in U.S. Women's Open history, 3-4-3 to 3-6-4, to claim the title on the East Course of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
2013: The USGA receives a record 1,420 entries for the U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y.
2014: International qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open is introduced, with sites in China, Japan, England and Korea. The championship is contested at the same site as that year's U.S. Open for the first time, at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2) in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
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