US Women's Open Records

Tournament records and the golfers who set them

Juli Inkster waves to the crowd after chipping in on the 16th during the Quarterfinals of the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship on July 8, 2006
Juli Inkster holds a few US Women's Open tournament records, including the 72-hole scoring record and most appearances. Scott Halleran/Getty Image

Here is a selection of tournament 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 2nd-Place Finishes
5 - JoAnne Carner (1975, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1987)
5 - Louise Suggs (1951, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1963)
4 - Nancy Lopez (1975, 1977, 1989, 1997)
3 - Sandra Haynie (1963, 1970, 1982)
3 - Patty Sheehan (1983, 1988, 1990)

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
35 - 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
• In Gee Chun, 2015 - 20 years, 11 months
• 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
• Lucy Li, 2014 - 11 years, 8 months, 19
• Lexi Thompson, 2007 - 12 years, 4 months, 18 days

Youngest to Qualify
• Lucy Li, 2014 - 11 years, 8 months
• Lexi 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
29 - Chella Choi, first nine of third round, 2015
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
30 - Jodi Ewart Shadoff, first nine of first round, 2013
30 - Sei Young Kim, first nine of second round, 2015

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
64 - Chella Choi, third round, 2015
64 - Mirim Lee, first round, 2016

Lowest Score, 72 Holes
272 - Annika Sorenstam (70-67-69-66), 1996
272 - Juli Inster (65-69-67-71), 1999
272 - In Gee Chun (68-70-68-66), 2015
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
273 (7-under) - Amy Yang, 2015
275 (9-under) - Nancy Lopez, 1997

Highest Winning Score
302 - Betsy Rawls, 1953
302 - Kathy Cornelius, 1956
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 - Juli Inkster
13 - Se Ri Pak
13 - Patty Sheehan
12 - Meg Mallon
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 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 on 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
• Second Place, Lost in Playoff - Barbara McIntire, 1956 (lost in playoff); Jenny Chuasiriporn, 1998 (lost in playoff)
• Solo Second Place - Betsy Rawls, 1950; Hye Jin Choi, 2017
• Tied Second Place - Polly Riley, 1947; Sally Sessions, 1947; Nancy Lopez, 1975; Brittany Lang, 2005; Morgan Pressel, 2005

Low Score by an Amateur
279 - Hye Jin Choi, 2017
283 - Grace Park, 1999
285 - Aree Song, 2003
285 - Paula Creamer, 2004
285 - Michelle Wie, 2004
285 - Brooke Henderson, 2014
285 - Meghan Khang, 2015

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(Source: USGA Media Guide)