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LPGA - U.S. Women's Open Preview
From The Sports Network
Dates: Thursday, June 27th through Sunday, June 30th
Site: Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, NewYork
Course Architect: Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus (2006)
Par: 72
Yardage: 6,796
Hole-By-Hole
HoleParHolePar
1Par 4 396 yds 10Par 4 380 yds
2Par 4 421 yds 11Par 4 434 yds
3Par 3 205 yds 12Par 3 161 yds
4Par 4 341 yds 13Par 5 549 Yds
5Par 4 381 yds 14Par 4 428 yds
6Par 4 423 yds 15Par 5 574 yds
7Par 3 167 yds 16Par 4 403 yds
8Par 5 500 yds 17Par 3 176 yds
9Par 4 334 yds 18Par 5 523 yds
35 3,168 yds37 3,628 yds
Annual: 67th
Television:
ESPN2 - Thursday/Friday -- 3-7 p.m. (et),
NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:Na Yeon Choi
Runner-Up:Amy Yang
Tournament Record: 272 (Annika Sorenstam, 1996 - Pine Needles- Par 70)
Tournament Record: 274 (Alison Nicholas, 1997 - Pumpkin RidgeGC - Par 71;
Meg Mallon, 2004 - Orchard s Golf Club - Par 71)
Tournament Record: 272 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old Waverly GC -Par 72)
54-Hole Record: 201 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old Waverly GC)
36-Hole Record: 132 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golfand CC)
18-Hole Record: 63 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golfand CC)
9-Hole Record: 63 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golfand CC)
30 (Pamela Wright, 1994 - Indianwood Golf and CC;
Juli Inkster, 1997 - Pumpkin Ridge GC;
Raquel Carriedo, 2002 - Prairie Dunes CC;
Brittany Lincicome (a), 2004 - Orchards Golf Club)
Total Purse: $3,250,000
Shares: 1st Place - $585,000; 2nd Place - $350,000; 3rd-Place- $215,493
2012 Finish
 PlayerScorePlayerScore
  Na YeonChoi 281 Giulia Sergas290
  AmyYang 285 PaulaCreamer 291
  SandraGal 289 Mika Miyazato291
  Il HeeLee 290 Five playersat292
 Shanshan Feng 290
Past U.S. Women's Open Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) --Runners-Up (Site)
2012 Na YeonChoi (281) -- Amy Yang
(Blackwolf Run Golf Course - Kohler, Wisconsin)
2011 *SoYeon Ryu (281) -- Hee Kyung Seo
(TheBroadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colorado
2010 PaulaCreamer (281) -- Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
2009 Eun HeeJi (284) -- Candie Kung
(SauconValley Country Club (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2008 InbeePark (283) -- Helen Alfredsson
(Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minnesota)
2007 CristieKerr (279) -- Angela Park, Lorena Ochoa
(PineNeedles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2006 *AnnikaSorenstam (284) -- Pat Hurst
(Newport Country Club, Newport, Rhode Island)
2005 BirdieKim (287) -- Morgan Pressel (a), Brittany Lang (a)
(CherryHills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado)
2004 MegMallon (274) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Massachusetts)
2003 *HilaryLunke (283) -- Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
2002 JuliInkster (276) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kansas)
2001 KarrieWebb (273) -- Se Ri Pak
(PineNeedles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2000 KarrieWebb (282) -- Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon
(MeritClub, Libertyville, Illinois)
1999 JuliInkster (272) -- Sherri Turner
(OldWaverly Golf Club, West Point, Mississippi)
1998 *Se RiPak (290) -- Jenny Chuasiriporn
(Blackwolf Run Golf Course, Kohler, Wisconsin)
1997 AlisonNicholas (274) -- Nancy Lopez
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
1996 AnnikaSorenstam (272) -- Kris Tschetter
(PineNeedles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
1995 AnnikaSorenstam (278) -- Meg Mallon
(Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colorado)
1994 PattySheehan (277) -- Tammie Green
(Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course), Lake Orion, Michigan)
1993 LauriMerten (280) -- Helen Alfredsson, Donna Andrews
(Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana)
1992 *PattySheehan (280) -- Juli Inkster
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1991 MegMallon (283) -- Pat Bradley
(Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas)
1990 BetsyKing (284) -- Patty Sheehan
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside Course), Duluth, Georgia)
1989 BetsyKing (278) -- Nancy Lopez
(Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course), Lake Orion, Michigan)
1988Liselotte Neumann (277) -- Patty Sheehan
(Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms East), Baltimore, Maryland)
1987 *LauraDavies (285) -- Ayako Okamoto, JoAnne Carner
(Plainfield Country Club, Edison, New Jersey)
1986 *JaneGeddes (287) -- Sally Little
(NCRCountry Club, Kettering, Ohio)
1985 KathyBaker (280) -- Judy Dickinson
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1984 HollisStacy (290) -- Rosie Jones
(SalemCountry Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1983 JanStephenson (290) -- JoAnne Carner, Patty Sheehan
(CedarRidge Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1982 JanetAnderson (283) -- Beth Daniel, Donna White, S.Haynie, J.Carner
(DelPaso Country Club, Sacramento, California)
1981 PatBradley (279) -- Beth Daniel
(LaGrange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1980 AmyAlcott (280) -- Hollis Stacy
(Richland Country Club, Nashville, Tennessee)
1979 JerilynBritz (284) -- Debbie Massey, Sandra Palmer
(Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Connecticut)
1978 HollisStacy (289) -- JoAnne Carner, Sally Little
(Country Club of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana)
1977 HollisStacy (292) -- Nancy Lopez
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1976 *JoAnneCarner (292) -- Sandra Palmer
(Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pennsylvania)
1975 SandraPalmer (295) -- Sandra Post, Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Carner
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1974 SandraHaynie (295) -- Carol Mann, Beth Stone
(LaGrange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1973 SusieBerning (290) -- Gloria Ehret, Shelley Hamlin
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1972 SusieBerning (299) -- Kathy Ahern, Judy Rankin, Pam Barnett
(WingedFoot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1971 JoAnneCarner (288) -- Kathy Whitworth
(KahkwaClub, Erie, Pennsylvania)
1970 DonnaCaponi (287) -- Sandra Haynie, Sandra Spuzich
(Muskogee Country Club, Muskogee, Oklahoma)
1969 DonnaCaponi (294) -- Peggy Wilson
(ScenicHills Country Club, Pensacola, Florida)
1968 SusieBerning (289) -- Mickey Wright
(Moselem Springs Golf Club, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania)
1967Catherine Lacoste (294) -- Susie Berning, Beth Stone
Virginia Hot Springs G.C. (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Virginia)
1966 SandraSpuzich (297) -- Carol Mann
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1965 CarolMann (290) -- Kathy Cornelius
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1964 *MickeyWright (290) -- Ruth Jessen
(SanDiego Country Club, Chula Vista, California)
1963 MaryMills (289) -- Sandra Haynie, Louise Suggs
(Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio)
1962 MurleLindstrom (301) -- Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice
(DunesGolf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
1961 MickeyWright (293) -- Betsy Rawls
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1960 BetsyRawls (292) -- Joyce Ziske
(Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts)
1959 MickeyWright (287) -- Louise Suggs
(Churchill Valley Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
1958 MickeyWright (290) -- Louise Suggs
(ForestLake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
1957 BetsyRawls (299) -- Patty Berg
(WingedFoot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1956 *KathyCornelius (302) -- Barbara McIntire
(Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minnesota)
1955 FayCrocker (299) -- Mary Lena Faulk, Louise Suggs
(Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1954 BabeZaharias (291) -- Betty Hicks
(SalemCountry Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1953 *BetsyRawls (302) -- Jacqueline Pung
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1952 LouiseSuggs (284) -- Marlene Bauer, Betty Jameson
(BalaGolf Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1951 BetsyRawls (293) -- Louise Suggs
(DruidHills Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia)
1950 BabeZaharias (291) -- Betsy Rawls
(Rolling Hills Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1949 LouiseSuggs (291) -- Babe Zaharias
(PrinceGeorges Golf & Country Club, Landover, Maryland)
1948 BabeZaharias (300) -- Betty Hicks
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1947 BettyJameson (295) -- Sally Sessions, Polly Riley
(Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina)
1946 PattyBerg (5 & 4) -- Betty Jameson
(Spokane Country Club, Spokane, Washington)
* -Won in Playoff.
Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Na Yeon Choi --- --- --- --- mc T-19 T-9 T-2 mc Won
Amy Yang --- --- --- --- T-50 mc T-34 T-5 T-10 2nd
Sandra Gal --- --- --- mc --- --- T-40 51st T-34 3rd
Shanshan Feng --- --- --- --- mc mc T-48 mc T-42 T-4
Mika Miyazato --- --- --- --- --- --- T-57 mc 5th T-7
Paula Creamer mc T-13 T-19 T-16 T-16 T-6 T-6 Won T-15 T-7
Cristie Kerr T-13 T-27 T-10 T-28 Won T-13 T-3 T-17 3rd T-9
Inbee Park --- mc --- --- T-4 Won T-26 T-8 T-6 T-9
SuzannPettersen T-10 T-16 T-52 T-28 mc T-13 T-6 T-2 T-15 T-9
Se Ri Pak 50th T-32 T-45 T-3 T-4 mc mc mc T-45 T-9
So Yeon Ryu --- --- --- --- --- --- --- T-25 Won T-14
Lexi Thompson --- --- --- --- mc mc T-34 T-10 mc T-14
Hee Kyung Seo --- --- --- --- --- --- T-48 T-62 2nd T-18
BrittanyLincicome--- 55th T-31 7th T-14 T-58 5th T-25 T-27 T-18
Azahara Munoz --- --- --- --- --- --- T-40 T-19 T-45 T-21
Brittany Lang --- --- T-2 mc mc T-31 T-40 T-5 T-50 T-21
Ai Miyazato --- --- mc T-28 T-10 T-27 T-6 T-31 T-6 T-28
Anna Nordqvist --- --- --- --- --- --- T-26 mc mc T-28
Lizette Salas --- --- --- --- --- --- --- mc T-15 T-32
Sun Young Yoo --- --- --- --- mc mc 33rd mc T-25 T-32
Michelle Wie T-39 T-13 T-23 T-3 wd mc --- mc T-55 T-35
Lydia Ko (a) --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- T-39
Stacy Lewis --- --- --- --- --- T-3 T-48 T-14 T-34 T-46
Karrie Webb mc T-16 T-31 T-37 mc T-38 T-34 T-17 T-6 T-50
Yani Tseng --- --- --- --- --- T-42 mc T-10 T-15 T-50
Angela Stanford T-2 mc T-10 T-49 T-16 T-58 mc T-19 4th T-54
I.K. Kim --- --- --- --- T-61 T-3 T-3 4th T-10 mc
Candie Kung mc T-5 T-6 T-28 T-58 T-19 2nd T-28 T-13 mc
CatrionaMatthew T-22 19th T-31 19th T-16 T-17 --- mc T-21 mc
Eun-Hee Ji --- --- --- --- --- T-42 Won T-39 T-27 mc
Natalie Gulbis T-13 T-37 T-4 T-16 T-35 mc --- T-14 T-32 mc
Wendy Ward mc mc T-36 T-41 mc --- --- T-14 T-34 mc
Maria Hjorth mc --- mc T-41 mc T-51 mc T-28 T-34 mc
Juli Inkster 8th T-58 T-38 6th mc mc T-26 mc mc mc
Morgan Pressel 52nd --- T-2 T-28 T-10 T-17 T-13 T-34 T-21 wd
Jiyai Shin --- --- --- --- 6th T-19 T-13 T-9 T-10 ---
Song-Hee Kim --- --- --- --- T-50 T-24 12th 13th T-34 ---
AriyaJutanugarn --- --- --- --- --- --- --- mc mc ---
mc - Missed Cut
wd - Withdrew
--- - Did Not Play
Sports Network Selections
Pickto Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Jessica Korda
LastWeek's Pick to Win (Shanshan Feng) - Tied for 13th
LastWeek's Darkhorse (Michelle Wie) - Missed the cut
NOTES:
The most coveted trophy on the women's calendar takes center stage as the bestplayers in the world converge upon Sebonack Golf Club on Long Island for the68th edition of the U.S. Women's Open Championship.

The field is led by world No. 1 Inbee Park, who will be trying to win her fifthmajor championship. Park is coming off her fourth win of the season at theWegmans LPGA Championship. Park, who will celebrate her 25th birthday on July12th, has already captured the first two majors of the 2013 season, as she wonearlier this year at the Kraft Nabisco.

Sebonack Golf Club, which opened in 2006, was designed by legendary architects,Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. The course will be hosting its first USGAChampionship. This is the 67th USGA Championship to be conducted in the stateof New York. The first was the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in1895, hosted by the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, Long Island.

The U.S. Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur female golfers.Amateur golfers must maintain a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. Thedeadline for entries for the 2013 tournament was in May and the USGA received arecord 1,420 entries, breaking the previous mark set last year of 1,364.

In case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff will be held after theround. The championship previously used an 18-hole playoff format. There havebeen 10 in championship history.

Last year, Na Yeon Choi took control of the championship with a third-round 65and despite a final round 73, cruised to a four-shot win over Amy Yang.

Four shots behind Suzann Pettersen after two rounds, Choi blitzed the BlackwolfRun layout for eight birdies en route to a seven-under-par and course record65, as she took a six-shot advantage into the final round. The lowest third-round score in championship history was nearly 12 strokes better than thefield's scoring average of 76.893.

Heading into the par-5 10th hole, Choi was five clear of Yang, but an erranttee shot led to an eight and her advantage was now down to two. Following abirdie on 11, Choi made back-to-back amazing up and downs to save par on 12 and13 and with birdies on 15 and 16, her lead was up to five and the championshipwas hers.

With the win, Choi became the fourth Korean in the past five years to win thischampionship and fifth since Pak in 1998. Choi and Yang were the only playersin the field, not only to shoot three rounds of par or better, they were theonly players to finish the championship under par.

Back in 2011, South Korean So Yeon Ryu birdied two of the three playoff holesto defeat Hee Kyung Seo. Ryu birdied the 18th in regulation in the final roundto post her third straight 2-under 69 and join Seo at 3-under-par 281. The 21-year-old Ryu played the three-hole aggregate playoff in 10 strokes, while Seoneeded 13 shots. Ryu became the third-youngest winner in championship history,following countrywomen Inbee Park (19 - 2008) and Se Ri Pak (20 - 1998).

In 2010, Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes at 2-under par, more thanenough to earn her first major championship. Creamer closed with a 2-under 69and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club, asshe claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at 3-under-par 281, fourstrokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

Eun-Hee Ji rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole in 2009 to earnher first major championship. Ji shot an even-par 71 in the final round tofinish at even-par 284. All it took for Ji to get her first major was threebirdies in her last six holes. It was exactly what was required since shetrailed by three with six to go.

World number one Inbee Park shot rounds of 72-69-71-71 in 2008 to win her firstprofessional title. Park completed the championship at 9-under-par 283 for afour-stroke win over Helen Alfredsson. It was her second USGA title, as shealso captured the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior. She also finished second in thatevent twice. The then, 19 year-old Park carded her fourth sub-par round of theweek to become the youngest winner in event history. Her closing 71 was theonly sub-par round in the final nine twosomes on Sunday and she was the onlyplayer with four sub-par rounds on the week.

In 2007, Cristie Kerr closed with a 1-under 70 in the final round to win herfirst major championship. Kerr fended off Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park by twostrokes and completed the championship at 5-under-par 279.

Annika Sorenstam carded a 1-under 70 in an 18-hole playoff back in 2006 toknock off Pat Hurst and claim her third U.S. Women's Open title and 10th majorchampionship crown. Hurst three-putted for bogey on the first at NewportCountry Club and three-putted for double bogey on the sixth en route to a 4-over 75. Sorenstam previously won this title in 1995 and 1996. The 10 yearsbetween wins is the second-longest stretch in Open history. Meg Mallon went 13years between her wins in 1991 and 2004.

Birdie Kim holed a bunker shot on the final hole in 2005 for birdie to captureher first event in only her 14th career start. Kim defeated 17-year-old amateurMorgan Pressel, who was tied for the lead in the 18th fairway until Kim's hole-out, and 19-year-old amateur Brittany Lang by two shots.

In 2004, Mallon used a hot putter in the final round to roll to a 2-stroke win.Mallon fired a final-round, 6-under 65, the lowest final round score by awinner in tournament history. Mallon closed the event at 10-under-par 274, asshe held off a hard-charging Sorenstam. Mallon played the final 25 holes atminus-9, without a bogey. In the final round, Mallon posted 10 one-putts. Shehad no 3-putts over the four rounds. Mallon, who also won in 1991 at ColonialCountry Club, became the third-oldest champion at the age of 41.

When Hilary Lunke won in 2003, she became the first qualifier of any kind towin this championship in an 18-hole playoff over Kelly Robbins and AngelaStanford.

Webb was the last player to capture two straight titles when she won in2000-01. Other players to accomplish the feat are: Sorenstam (1995-96), MickeyWright (1958-59), Donna Caponi (1969-70), Susie Berning (1972-73), Hollis Stacy(1977-78) and Betsy King (1989-90). The only player to win three straight U.S.Open titles was men's champion Willie Anderson back in 1903-05. Wright andBetsy Rawls share the record for most U.S. Women's Open wins with four each.

Nancy Lopez is the only player in tournament history to shoot all four roundsin the 60s when she finished second to Alison Nicholas in 1997. Although nevera winner of this major, Lopez finished second four times. Lopez competed in herfinal U.S. Women's Open in 2002 and missed the cut.

Besides the prize money, the champion receives a gold medal, custody of theHarton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year and an exemption from qualifyingfor the next 10 U.S. Women's Opens.

JoAnne Carner is the only player to participate in two playoffs, winning in1976 and losing in 1987.

Sixteen players have combined to win 36 of the previous 67 Women's Opens. Twoplayers have won four Women's Opens: Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Wright(1958, 1959, 1961, 1964). Four players have won three Women's Opens: BabeZaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Stacy (1977, 1978,1984) and Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006). Eight players have won two Women'sOpens each. They are Suggs (1949, 1952), Caponi (1969, 1970), Carner (1971,1976), King (1989, 1990), Sheehan (1992, 1994), Inkster (1999, 2002), Webb(2000, 2001) and Mallon (1991, 2004).

Next year's U.S. Women's Open will be held at Pinehurst Resort's famed No. 2course, the week following the men's U.S. Open.

The LPGA Tour moves to Canada in two weeks for the Manulife Financial LPGAClassic in Ontario, as Brittany Lang defends her title.


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