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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, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus (2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,796
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 396 yds10 - Par 4 380 yds
2 - Par 4 421 yds11 - Par 4 434 yds
3 - Par 3 205 yds12 - Par 3 161 yds
4 - Par 4 341 yds13 - Par 5 549 Yds
5 - Par 4 381 yds14 - Par 4 428 yds
6 - Par 4 423 yds15 - Par 5 574 yds
7 - Par 3 167 yds16 - Par 4 403 yds
8 - Par 5 500 yds17 - Par 3 176 yds
9 - Par 4 334 yds18 - Par 5 523 yds
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35 3,168 yds37 3,628 yds
 
Annual:  68th
Television:  ESPN 2 - 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 Ridge GC - Par 71;
  Meg Mallon, 2004 - Orchards 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 Golf and CC)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golf and CC)
9-Hole Record:  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 - $218,840
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Na Yeon Choi281Giulia Sergas290
Amy Yang285Paula Creamer291
Sandra Gal289Mika Miyazato291
Il Hee Lee290Five players at292
Shanshan Feng290
 
Past U.S. Women's Open Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up (Site)
2012Na Yeon Choi (281) -- Amy Yang
(Blackwolf Run Golf Course - Kohler, Wisconsin)
2011*So Yeon Ryu (281) -- Hee Kyung Seo
(The Broadmoor, East Course, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
2010Paula Creamer (281) -- Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
2009Eun-Hee Ji (284) -- Candie Kung
(Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
2008Inbee Park (283) -- Helen Alfredsson
(Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minnesota)
2007Cristie Kerr (279) -- Angela Park, Lorena Ochoa
(Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2006*Annika Sorenstam (284) -- Pat Hurst
(Newport Country Club, Newport, Rhode Island)
2005Birdie Kim (287) -- Morgan Pressel (a), Brittany Lang (a)
(Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado)
2004Meg Mallon (274) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Massachusetts)
2003*Hilary Lunke (283) -- Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
2002Juli Inkster (276) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kansas)
2001Karrie Webb (273) -- Se Ri Pak
(Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2000Karrie Webb (282) -- Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon
(Merit Club, Libertyville, Illinois)
1999Juli Inkster (272) -- Sherri Turner
(Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Mississippi)
1998*Se Ri Pak (290) -- Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)
(Blackwolf Run Golf Course, Kohler, Wisconsin)
1997Alison Nicholas (274) -- Nancy Lopez
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
1996Annika Sorenstam (272) -- Kris Tschetter
(Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
1995Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Meg Mallon
(Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colorado)
1994Patty Sheehan (277) -- Tammie Green
(Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course), Lake Orion, Michigan)
1993Lauri Merten (280) -- Helen Alfredsson, Donna Andrews
(Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana)
1992*Patty Sheehan (280) -- Juli Inkster
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1991Meg Mallon (283) -- Pat Bradley
(Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas)
1990Betsy King (284) -- Patty Sheehan
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside Course), Duluth, Georgia)
1989Betsy King (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*Laura Davies (285) -- Ayako Okamoto, JoAnne Carner
(Plainfield Country Club, Edison, New Jersey)
1986*Jane Geddes (287) -- Sally Little
(NCR Country Club, Kettering, Ohio)
1985Kathy Baker (280) -- Judy Dickinson
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1984Hollis Stacy (290) -- Rosie Jones
(Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1983Jan Stephenson (290) -- JoAnne Carner, Patty Sheehan
(Cedar Ridge Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1982Janet Anderson (283) -- Beth Daniel, Donna White, S.Haynie, J.Carner
(Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, California)
1981Pat Bradley (279) -- Beth Daniel
(La Grange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1980Amy Alcott (280) -- Hollis Stacy
(Richland Country Club, Nashville, Tennessee)
1979Jerilyn Britz (284) -- Debbie Massey, Sandra Palmer
(Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Connecticut)
1978Hollis Stacy (289) -- JoAnne Carner, Sally Little
(Country Club of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana)
1977Hollis Stacy (292) -- Nancy Lopez
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1976*JoAnne Carner (292) -- Sandra Palmer
(Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pennsylvania)
1975Sandra Palmer (295) -- Sandra Post, Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Carner
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1974Sandra Haynie (295) -- Carol Mann, Beth Stone
(La Grange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1973Susie Berning (290) -- Gloria Ehret, Shelley Hamlin
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1972Susie Berning (299) -- Kathy Ahern, Judy Rankin, Pam Barnett
(Winged Foot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1971JoAnne Carner (288) -- Kathy Whitworth
(Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pennsylvania)
1970Donna Caponi (287) -- Sandra Haynie, Sandra Spuzich
(Muskogee Country Club, Muskogee, Oklahoma)
1969Donna Caponi (294) -- Peggy Wilson
(Scenic Hills Country Club, Pensacola, Florida)
1968Susie Berning (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)
1966Sandra Spuzich (297) -- Carol Mann
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1965Carol Mann (290) -- Kathy Cornelius
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1964*Mickey Wright (290) -- Ruth Jessen
(San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista, California)
1963Mary Mills (289) -- Sandra Haynie, Louise Suggs
(Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio)
1962Murle Lindstrom (301) -- Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice
(Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
1961Mickey Wright (293) -- Betsy Rawls
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1960Betsy Rawls (292) -- Joyce Ziske
(Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts)
1959Mickey Wright (287) -- Louise Suggs
(Churchill Valley Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
1958Mickey Wright (290) -- Louise Suggs
(Forest Lake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
1957Betsy Rawls (299) -- Patty Berg
(Winged Foot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1956*Kathy Cornelius (302) -- Barbara McIntire
(Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minnesota)
1955Fay Crocker (299) -- Mary Lena Faulk, Louise Suggs
(Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1954Babe Zaharias (291) -- Betty Hicks
(Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1953*Betsy Rawls (302) -- Jacqueline Pung
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1952Louise Suggs (284) -- Marlene Bauer, Betty Jameson
(Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1951Betsy Rawls (293) -- Louise Suggs
(Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia)
1950Babe Zaharias (291) -- Betsy Rawls
(Rolling Hills Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1949Louise Suggs (291) -- Babe Zaharias
(Prince Georges Golf & Country Club, Landover, Maryland)
1948Babe Zaharias (300) -- Betty Hicks
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1947Betty Jameson (295) -- Sally Sessions, Polly Riley
(Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina)
1946Patty Berg (5 & 4) -- Betty Jameson
(Spokane Country Club, Spokane, Washington)

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Na Yeon Choi------------mcT-19T-9T-2mcWon
Amy Yang------------T-50mcT-34T-5T-102nd
Sandra Gal---------mc------T-4051stT-343rd
Shanshan Feng------------mcmcT-48mcT-42T-4
Mika Miyazato------------------T-57mc5thT-7
Paula CreamermcT-13T-19T-16T-16T-6T-6WonT-15T-7
Cristie KerrT-13T-27T-10T-28WonT-13T-3T-173rdT-9
Inbee Park---mc------T-4WonT-26T-8T-6T-9
Suzann PettersenT-10T-16T-52T-28mcT-13T-6T-2T-15T-9
Se Ri Pak50thT-32T-45T-3T-4mcmcmcT-45T-9
So Yeon Ryu---------------------T-25WonT-14
Lexi Thompson------------mcmcT-34T-10mcT-14
Hee Kyung Seo------------------T-48T-622ndT-18
Brittany Lincicome---55thT-317thT-14T-585thT-25T-27T-18
Azahara Munoz------------------T-40T-19T-45T-21
Brittany Lang------T-2mcmcT-31T-40T-5T-50T-21
Ai Miyazato------mcT-28T-10T-27T-6T-31T-6T-28
Anna Nordqvist------------------T-26mcmcT-28
Lizette Salas---------------------mcT-15T-32
Sun Young Yoo------------mcmc33rdmcT-25T-32
Michelle WieT-39T-13T-23T-3wdmc---mcT-55T-35
Lydia Ko (a)---------------------------T-39
Stacy Lewis---------------T-3T-48T-14T-34T-46
Karrie WebbmcT-16T-31T-37mcT-38T-34T-17T-6T-50
Yani Tseng---------------T-42mcT-10T-15T-50
Angela StanfordT-2mcT-10T-49T-16T-58mcT-194thT-54
I.K. Kim------------T-61T-3T-34thT-10mc
Candie KungmcT-5T-6T-28T-58T-192ndT-28T-13mc
Catriona MatthewT-2219thT-3119thT-16T-17---mcT-21mc
Eun-Hee Ji---------------T-42WonT-39T-27mc
Natalie GulbisT-13T-37T-4T-16T-35mc---T-14T-32mc
Wendy WardmcmcT-36T-41mc------T-14T-34mc
Maria Hjorthmc---mcT-41mcT-51mcT-28T-34mc
Juli Inkster8thT-58T-386thmcmcT-26mcmcmc
Morgan Pressel52nd---T-2T-28T-10T-17T-13T-34T-21wd
Jiyai Shin------------6thT-19T-13T-9T-10---
Song-Hee Kim------------T-50T-2412th13thT-34---
Ariya Jutanugarn---------------------mcmc---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Inbee Park
Darkhorse - Jessica Korda
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Shanshan Feng) - Tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michelle Wie) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The most coveted trophy on the women's calendar takes center stage as the best players in the world converge upon Sebonack Golf Club on Long Island for the 68th 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 fifth major championship. Park is coming off her fourth win of the season at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. Park, who will celebrate her 25th birthday on July 12th, has already captured the first two majors of the 2013 season, as she won earlier 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 USGA Championship. This is the 67th USGA Championship to be conducted in the state of New York. The first was the inaugural U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in 1895, 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. The deadline for entries for the 2013 tournament was in May and the USGA received a record 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 the round. The championship previously used an 18-hole playoff format. There have been 10 in championship history.

Last year, Na Yeon Choi took control of the championship with a third-round 65 and 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 Blackwolf Run layout for eight birdies en route to a seven-under-par and course record 65, 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 the field's scoring average of 76.893.

Heading into the par-5 10th hole, Choi was five clear of Yang, but an errant tee shot led to an eight and her advantage was now down to two. Following a birdie on 11, Choi made back-to-back amazing up and downs to save par on 12 and 13 and with birdies on 15 and 16, her lead was up to five and the championship was hers.

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

Back in 2011, South Korean So Yeon Ryu birdied two of the three playoff holes to defeat Hee Kyung Seo. Ryu birdied the 18th in regulation in the final round to 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 Seo needed 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 than enough to earn her first major championship. Creamer closed with a 2-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club, as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at 3-under-par 281, four strokes 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 earn her first major championship. Ji shot an even-par 71 in the final round to finish at even-par 284. All it took for Ji to get her first major was three birdies in her last six holes. It was exactly what was required since she trailed by three with six to go.

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

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

Annika Sorenstam carded a 1-under 70 in an 18-hole playoff back in 2006 to knock off Pat Hurst and claim her third U.S. Women's Open title and 10th major championship crown. Hurst three-putted for bogey on the first at Newport Country 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 years between wins is the second-longest stretch in Open history. Meg Mallon went 13 years between her wins in 1991 and 2004.

Birdie Kim holed a bunker shot on the final hole in 2005 for birdie to capture her first event in only her 14th career start. Kim defeated 17-year-old amateur Morgan 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 a winner in tournament history. Mallon closed the event at 10-under-par 274, as she held off a hard-charging Sorenstam. Mallon played the final 25 holes at minus-9, without a bogey. In the final round, Mallon posted 10 one-putts. She had no 3-putts over the four rounds. Mallon, who also won in 1991 at Colonial Country 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 to win this championship in an 18-hole playoff over Kelly Robbins and Angela Stanford.

Webb was the last player to capture two straight titles when she won in 2000-01. Other players to accomplish the feat are: Sorenstam (1995-96), Mickey Wright (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 and Betsy 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 rounds in the 60s when she finished second to Alison Nicholas in 1997. Although never a winner of this major, Lopez finished second four times. Lopez competed in her final U.S. Women's Open in 2002 and missed the cut.

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

JoAnne Carner is the only player to participate in two playoffs, winning in 1976 and losing in 1987.

Sixteen players have combined to win 36 of the previous 67 Women's Opens. Two players 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: Babe Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984) and Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006). Eight players have won two Women's Opens 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. 2 course, the week following the men's U.S. Open.

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

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