2008 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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2008 U.S. Women's Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 26–29, 2008
Location Edina, Minnesota
Course(s) Interlachen Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par 73
Length 6,789 yards (6,208 m)
Field 156 players, 74 after cut
Cut 150 (+4)
Prize fund $3.25 million
Winner's share $585,000
Champion
South Korea Inbee Park
283 (–9)
Interlachen  Country Club is located in United States
Interlachen  Country Club
Interlachen  
Country Club
Location in the United States
Interlachen  Country Club is located in Minnesota
Interlachen  Country Club
Interlachen  
Country Club
Location in Minnesota

The 2008 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 63rd U.S. Women's Open, held June 26–29 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. It was the first U.S. Women's Open played at the course, which hosted the Solheim Cup in 2002. The winner was 19-year old Inbee Park, four strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson.

The course hosted the U.S. Open in 1930, part of the grand slam of Bobby Jones.

Field[edit]

Exempt players[edit]

1. Last 10 U.S. Women's Open Champions
Juli Inkster, Birdie Kim, Cristie Kerr, Hilary Lunke, Meg Mallon, Se Ri Pak, Annika Sörenstam, Karrie Webb

2. Top two finishers in the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur and winner of the 2006 U.S. Women's Amateur
Amanda Blumenherst (a), Kimberly Kim (a), Mariajo Uribe (a)

3. Last five LPGA Champions
Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng

4. Last five Women's British Open Champions
Jeong Jang, Lorena Ochoa, Sherri Steinhauer, Karen Stupples

5. Last five Kraft Nabisco Champions
Grace Park, Morgan Pressel

6. From the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, the 20 lowest scorers and ties.
Kyeong Bae, Paula Creamer, Julieta Granada, Amy Hung, Jimin Kang, Christina Kim, Mi Hyun Kim, Jee Young Lee, Brittany Lincicome, Catriona Matthew, Ai Miyazato, Angela Park, Inbee Park, Ji-Yai Shin, Angela Stanford

7. From the 2007 LPGA Tour money list, the top 40 money leaders
Shi Hyun Ahn, Nicole Castrale, Laura Davies, Laura Diaz, Meaghan Francella, Natalie Gulbis, Sophie Gustafson, Rachel Hetherington, Maria Hjorth, Pat Hurst, I.K. Kim, Young Kim, Brittany Lang, Sarah Lee, Seon Hwa Lee, Na On Min, Stacy Prammanasudh, Reilley Rankin, Lindsey Wright

8. From the 2008 LPGA Tour money, the top 35 money leaders through June 1
Minea Blomqvist, Na Yeon Choi, Allison Fouch, Hee-Won Han, Song-Hee Kim, Candie Kung, Leta Lindley, Teresa Lu, Jane Park, Momoko Ueda, Sun Young Yoo

9. Winner of tournaments from the conclusion of last year's U.S. Women's Open until now
Louise Friberg

10. Top 3 players from the Japan LPGA Tour, LPGA of Korea Tour, and Ladies European Tour
Sun-Ju Ahn, Bettina Hauert, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Eun-Hee Ji, Gwladys Nocera, Sakura Yokomine

Qualifiers[edit]

(a) - amateur

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) Won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Cristie Kerr  United States 2007 72 70 75 75 292 E T13
Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1995, 1996, 2006 75 70 72 78 295 +3 T24
Karrie Webb  Australia 2000, 2001 75 75 72 76 298 +6 T38
Meg Mallon  United States 1991, 2004 75 72 82 74 303 +11 T58

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) Won R1 R2 Total To par
Laura Davies  England 1987 70 81 151 +5
Hilary Lunke  United States 2003 74 78 152 +6
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 1998 76 78 154 +8
Juli Inkster  United States 1999, 2002 74 81 155 +9
Birdie Kim  South Korea 2005 79 77 156 +10
Liselotte Neumann  Sweden 1988 78 78 156

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yardage 344 473 557 178 438 412 316 227 413 3,358 528 353 164 525 185 345 360 441 530 3,431 6,789
Par 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 36 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 4 37 73

Source:[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Open kicked off on Thursday with the field playing in threesomes starting from either the first tee or the tenth tee. Featured threesomes included Annika Sörenstam, Suzann Pettersen, and Paula Creamer, ranked 2, 3, and 4 respectively in the world rankings. Sorenstam and Petterssen opened their U.S. Opens with scores of 75 (+2) and 77 (+4) respectively. Creamer shot a 70 to move three shots off the pace. The other featured threesome included number one ranked player Lorena Ochoa, defending U.S. Open champion Cristie Kerr, and 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Maria José Uribe. Uribe led that group with a 69 to lead all amateurs and end the day in a tie for fourth overall; Kerr shot a 1-under 72; Ochoa had an up-and-down round of even-par 73. The rounds of the day belonged to Ji Young Oh, who had eight birdies and two bogeys and to Pat Hurst who had six birdies and an eagle. Oh and Hurst tied after Round 1 at six-under par 67.

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Pat Hurst  United States 67 –6
Ji Young Oh  South Korea
3 Song-Hee Kim  South Korea 68 –5
T4 Louise Friberg  Sweden 69 –4
Ji-Yai Shin  South Korea
Mariajo Uribe (a)  Colombia
T7 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 70 –3
Paula Creamer  United States
Laura Davies  England
Catriona Matthew  Scotland
Linda Wessberg  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 27, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008

With Thursday's rounds completed many well-known American players took a step down on the competition while many lesser-known and international players took a step up. A two-hour weather delay required some to finish their rounds on Saturday morning. Angela Park had an even round on Thursday, and a 6-under 67 in the second round. She held a one-stroke lead over three others: Inbee Park of Korea, Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, and the only Finnish player in the tournament, Minea Blomqvist. The two leading Americans were Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr at 4-under 142. Both first-round leaders took a severe fall on Friday, with Ji Young Oh, who had to finish her second round on Saturday due to the weather delay, shooting a 76 and Pat Hurst turning in a 5-over 78. Many top-ranked or well-known players missed the cut, including Laura Davies (70-81), Natalie Gulbis (73-80), 13-year old Alexis Thompson (75-77), 2003 champion and Minnesotan Hilary Lunke (74-78), Juli Inkster (74-81), and Michelle Wie (81-75).

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Angela Park  Brazil
 United States
73-67=140 –6
T2 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 70-71=141 –5
Minea Blomqvist  Finland 72-69=141
Inbee Park  South Korea 72-69=141
T5 Jeong Jang  South Korea 73-69=142 –4
Cristie Kerr  United States 72-70=142
Candie Kung  United States 72-70=142
Paula Creamer  United States 70-72=142
T9 Stacy Lewis  United States 73-70=143 –3
Momoko Ueda  Japan 72-71=143
Teresa Lu  Taiwan 71-72=143
Ai Miyazato  Japan 71-72=143
Louise Friberg  Sweden 69-74=143
Jiyai Shin  South Korea 69-74=143
Mariajo Uribe (a)  Colombia 69-74=143
Ji Young Oh  South Korea 67-72=143

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Stacy Lewis  United States 73-70-67=210 –9
2 Paula Creamer  United States 70-72-69=211 –8
T3 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 70-71-71=212 –7
Inbee Park  South Korea 72-69-71=212
5 I.K. Kim  South Korea 71-73-69=213 –6
6 Mi Hyun Kim  South Korea 72-72-70=214 –5
T7 Mariajo Uribe (a)  Colombia 69-74-72=215 –4
Angela Park  Brazil
 United States
73-67-75=215
T9 Young Kim  South Korea 74-71-71=216 –3
Momoko Ueda  Japan 72-71-73=216
Teresa Lu  Taiwan 71-72-73=216
Jeong Jang  South Korea 73-69-74=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Inbee Park  South Korea 72-69-71-71=283 –9 585,000
2 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 70-71-71-75=287 –5 350,000
T3 Angela Park  Brazil
 United States
73-67-75-73=288 –4 162,487
In-Kyung Kim  South Korea 71-73-69-75=288
Stacy Lewis  United States 73-70-67-78=288
T6 Giulia Sergas  Italy 73-74-72-70=289 –3 94,117
Nicole Castrale  United States 74-70-74-71=289
Mi Hyun Kim  South Korea 72-72-70-75=289
Paula Creamer  United States 70-72-69-78=289
T10 Teresa Lu  Taiwan 71-72-73-74=290 –2 75,734
Mariajo Uribe (a)  Colombia 69-74-72-75=290 0

Source:[2][3]

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 5 4
South Korea Park −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −9
Sweden Alfredsson −7 −8 −7 −6 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5
South Korea I.K. Kim −6 −7 −6 −6 −5 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −4 −5 −4 −5 −3 −4
United States Lewis −9 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −5 −5 −5 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4
United States Creamer −8 −6 −6 −7 −7 −6 −6 −5 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3
South Korea M.H. Kim −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −2 −3 −3 −4 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "63rd U.S. Women's Open - Course Statistics - All Rounds". USGA. June 29, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2008 U.S. Women's Open Championship: Final Results". USGA. July 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2008 U.S. Women's Open: leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "63rd U.S. Women's Open - Round 4 Full Leaderboard". USGA. June 28, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2008 LPGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2008 Women's British Open

Coordinates: 44°54′54″N 93°22′48″W / 44.915°N 93.380°W / 44.915; -93.380