U.S. Women's Open Golf Tournament

Brittany Lang holds the US Women's Open trophy after winning in 2016
2016 US Women's Open champion Brittany Lang with the trophy. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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.

2018 US Women's Open

  • When: May 31-June 3, 2018
  • Where: Shoal Creek Country Club, Shoal Creek, Alabama

2017 US Women's Open

Sung Hyun Park shot 67-67 on the weekend to win her first major championship.

It was also the first LPGA Tour win for the LPGA rookie, although she had 10 wins previously on the Korean LPGA. Amateur Hye-Jin Choi finished two strokes behind in second place.

Recent US Women's Opens

2016 U.S. Women's Open
Brittany Lang won a 3-hole, aggregate-score playoff with the help of a 2-stroke penalty on her opponent. Lang and Anna Nordqvist finished 72 holes tied at 6-under 282, so entered the playoff. Both parred the first hole. But on the second extra hole, Nordqvist's club brushed the sand in a bunker after she grounded it, resulting in a 2-stroke penalty. Lang won the playoff by three strokes, and with it the trophy. It was a disappointing finish for Nordqvist, who started the final round six strokes behind but then shot 67 to post the clubhouse lead. Lang was at 7-under with two holes remaining in regulation, but bogeyed the 17th to fall into the playoff. Third-round leader Lydia Ko surprised everyone by struggling through the middle of her round with a bogey on the eighth hole and a double-bogey on No.

9. Ko finished tied for third.

2015 Tournament
In Gee Chun, little-known in the U.S. but a star in Asia, won the 2015 US Women's Open in record-tying fashion. Her final score of 272 tied the tournament's 72-hole record, previous set by Annika Sorenstam and Juli Inkster. At age 20, Chun became the third-youngest winner of the tournament, behind Inbee Park and Se Ri Pak.

Chun shot 66 in the final round, with birdies on 15, 16 and 17. She survived a bogey on the final hole when Amy Yang, who began the day in the lead, also bogied the 18th. Chun entered the tournament with major wins in Korea and Japan, but this is her first LPGA victory. She was ranked No. 20 in the world at the start of the tournament.

2014 US Women's Open
Michelle Wie earned her first win in a major championship by two strokes over runner-up Stacy Lewis. Wie began the day at 2-under, tied for the lead with Amy Yang. Yang fell back, shooting 74, but Lewis charged up the leaderboard with a 66 and posted even-par playing several holes ahead of Wie. Wie led by three until double-bogeying the 16th hole, but she responded to that bad hole by birdying the 17th. That pushed her lead back to two strokes, and par at the final hole closed it out.

US Women's Open Official Web site

US Women's Open Records

  • Low round: 63 — Helen Alfredsson, first round, 1994
  • Low total: 272 - Annika Sorenstam, 1996; Juli Inkster, 1999

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US Women's Open Golf Courses

Recent Sites

  • 2017 - Trump National, Bedminster, N.J.
  • 2016 - CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, Calif.
  • 2015 - Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.
  • 2014 - Pinehurst Resort's No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 2013 - Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
  • 2012 - Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wisc.
  • 2011 - The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Future Sites

  • 2018 - Shoal Creek Country Club, Shoal Creek, Alabama
  • 2019 - Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.
  • 2020 - Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas
  • 2021 - Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.

US 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.

Winners of the US Women's Open

2017 - Sung Hyun Park
2016 - Brittany Lang
2015 - In Gee Chun
2014 - Michelle Wie
2013 - Inbee Park
Full List of U.S. Women's Open Winners

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