United States Women's Open Championship (golf)
Infobox Golf Tournament
tournament_name = U.S. Women's Open
location = USA
establishment = 1946
Interlachen Country Clubin 2008
par = 72 in 2008
yardage = 6,789 in 2008
purse=$3,100,000 in 2008
month_played = June-July
defunct = No
aggregate = 272
to-par = −16
Current Champion = flagicon|South Korea
Inbee ParkThe 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 Tourdoes not sanction any of the three majors held in the United States, and the LPGA of Japan Tourhas 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 Touris in men's golf.
In 2007, non-American players outnumbered Americans for the first time. [ [http://www.pgatour.com/2007/r/06/26/uswonotebook062607/index.html U.S. Women's Open Notebook] , "
Associated Press" article on "pgatour.com", June 26, 2007.] The 2008 tournament was won by 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park, who became the event's youngest winner ever.
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. [ [http://www.2008uswomensopen.com/qualifying.php U.S. Women's Open Qualifying] , web page from 2008 U.S. Open web site]
There is no lower age limit. The youngest ever qualifier was 12-year-old
Alexis Thompson, who qualified in 2007. cite web
last = Dixon
first = Peter
title = Thompson proves that youngsters can have fun
publisher = Times Newspapers Ltd.
year = 2007
url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/golf/article2007602.ece
accessdate = 2008-04-24]
PO - Won in playoff
Am = Amateur
Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright
Babe Zaharias, Susie Berning, Hollis Stacy, Annika Sörenstam
Louise Suggs, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Betsy King, Patty Sheehan, Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Meg Mallon
Saucon Valley Golf Club, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Blackwolf Run, Kohler, Wisconsin
Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, New York
* [http://www.usga.org/ United States Golf Association website]
* [http://www.uswomensopen.com/ U.S. Women's Open official site]
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