List of U.S. Women's Open (golf) champions

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Annika Sörenstam was a three-time winner of the event in 1995, 1996 and 2006, and one of seven golfers to repeat as champion.

The U.S. Women's Open is an annual golf competition that was established in 1946.[1] As of 1953, the championship is sanctioned by the United States Golf Association (USGA), which is the governing body of the game in the United States.[2] Previously, the event was played as the "Ladies" Open, and was sanctioned by the Women's Professional Golfers Association from 1946–1948.[2] In addition, the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) sanctioned this tournament from 1949–1952.[2] This event is one of the four women's major championships.[1] The other major championships are the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship, and the Women's British Open.[3] This event has always been played in stroke play with the exception of the first competition in 1946, and is currently the third women's major of the year.[3]

The first trophy presented to the champions was from the Spokane Athletic Round Table, until 1953.[2] The original trophy by the USGA was designed by the silversmith of J. E. Caldwell and Co. of Philadelphia.[2] This trophy was first presented to the champion in 1953, when Betsy Rawls won, and was retired to the USGA Museum in 1992.[2] Now, the champion receives the Harton S. Semple trophy, named for a former USGA Committeeman and the USGA President from 1973–1974.[2] His family and friends commissioned a replacement replica trophy in July 1992.[2] The first winner to receive it was Patty Sheehan in 1992.[2]

Rawls and Mickey Wright hold the record for the most victories with four.[1] The most consecutive wins at the event is two by Wright, Susie Berning, Hollis Stacy, Annika Sörenstam, Donna Caponi, Betsy King and Karrie Webb.[1] The lowest[a] winning score for 72 holes in relation to par is 16-under by Juli Inkster in 1999.[1] The lowest aggregate winning score for 72 holes is 272 by Sörenstam in 1996 and Inkster in 1999.[1] Conversely, the highest winning score for 72 holes in relation to par is 13-over by Murle Lindstrom in 1962.[1] The highest aggregate winning score for 72 holes is 302 by Rawls in 1953 and Kathy Cornelius in 1956, and they won both events in playoffs.[1] The oldest champion was Babe Zaharias in 1954, when she was 43 years 0 months and 6 days old.[4] The youngest champion was Inbee Park in 2008, when she was 19 years 11 months and 17 days old.[4] The U.S. Women's Open has had eight wire-to-wire champions, which are the following: Zaharias in 1954, Fay Crocker in 1955, Wright in 1958, Mary Mills in 1963, Catherine Lacoste in 1967, Berning in 1968, Donna Caponi in 1970, and JoAnne Carner in 1971.[5] The current champion is Michelle Wie.

Champions[edit]

Key
* Tournament won in a playoff
# Tournament won by an amateur
Wire-to-wire victory Wire-to-wire victory
A blonde-haired woman in a mostly white shirt and yellow shorts is hitting a putt with a putter with white golfing shoes on
Patty Sheehan was a two-time champion of the event in 1992 and 1994.
A blonde-haired woman in a white hat and light blue shirt holding a golf club at the end of a swing
Karrie Webb is only one of seven golfers to repeat as champion of the event 2000 and 2001.
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Juli Inkster is a two-time champion in 1999 and 2002.
A red-haired woman in a red jacket and navy blue pants and white undershirt and white hat
Meg Mallon is a two-time champion in 1991 and 2004.
Edition Year Country Champion Course Location Total score To par[a] Notes
1st 1946  United States Berg, PattyPatty Berg Spokane Country Club Spokane, Washington 5&4[b] [6]
2nd 1947  United States Jameson, BettyBetty Jameson Starmount Forest Country Club Greensboro, North Carolina 295 −9 [7]
3rd 1948  United States Zaharias, BabeBabe Zaharias Atlantic City Country Club Northfield, New Jersey 300 E [8]
4th 1949  United States Suggs, LouiseLouise Suggs Prince Georges Golf and Country Club Landover, Maryland 291 −9 [9]
5th 1950  United States Zaharias, BabeBabe Zaharias Rolling Hills Country Club Wichita, Kansas 291 −9 [10]
6th 1951  United States Rawls, BetsyBetsy Rawls Druid Hills Golf Club Atlanta, Georgia 293 +5 [11]
7th 1952  United States Suggs, LouiseLouise Suggs Bala Golf Club Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 284 +8 [12]
8th 1953  United States Rawls, BetsyBetsy Rawls* Country Club of Rochester Rochester, New York 302 +6 [13][14][c]
9th 1954Wire-to-wire victory  United States Zaharias, BabeBabe Zaharias Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 291 +3 [15]
10th 1955Wire-to-wire victory  Uruguay Crocker, FayFay Crocker Wichita Country Club Wichita, Kansas 299 +11 [16]
11th 1956  United States Cornelius, KathyKathy Cornelius* Northland Country Club Duluth, Minnesota 302 +7 [17][18][d]
12th 1957  United States Rawls, BetsyBetsy Rawls Winged Foot Golf Club, East Course Mamaroneck, New York 299 +7 [19]
13th 1958Wire-to-wire victory  United States Wright, MickeyMickey Wright Forest Lake Country Club Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 290 −2 [20]
14th 1959  United States Wright, MickeyMickey Wright Churchill Valley Country Club Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 287 +7 [21]
15th 1960  United States Rawls, BetsyBetsy Rawls Worcester Country Club Worcester, Massachusetts 292 +4 [22]
16th 1961  United States Wright, MickeyMickey Wright Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course Springfield, New Jersey 293 +5 [23]
17th 1962  United States Lindstrom, MurleMurle Lindstrom Dunes Golf and Beach Club Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 301 +13 [24]
18th 1963Wire-to-wire victory  United States Mills, MaryMary Mills Kenwood Country Club Cincinnati, Ohio 289 −3 [25]
19th 1964  United States Wright, MickeyMickey Wright* San Diego Country Club Chula Vista, California 290 −2 [26][27][e]
20th 1965  United States Mann, CarolCarol Mann Atlantic City Country Club Northfield, New Jersey 290 +2 [28]
21st 1966  United States Spuzich, SandraSandra Spuzich Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota 297 +9 [29]
22nd 1967Wire-to-wire victory  France Lacoste, CatherineCatherine Lacoste# The Homestead, Virginia Hot Springs, Virginia 294 +10 [30]
23rd 1968Wire-to-wire victory  United States Berning, SusieSusie Berning Moselem Springs Golf Club Fleetwood, Pennsylvania 289 +5 [31]
24th 1969  United States Caponi, DonnaDonna Caponi Scenic Hills Country Club Pensacola, Florida 294 +2 [32]
25th 1970Wire-to-wire victory  United States Caponi, DonnaDonna Caponi Muskogee Country Club Muskogee, Oklahoma 287 +3 [33]
26th 1971Wire-to-wire victory  United States Carner, JoAnneJoAnne Carner Kahkwa Club Erie, Pennsylvania 288 E [34]
27th 1972  United States Berning, SusieSusie Berning Winged Foot Golf Club, East Course Mamaroneck, New York 299 +11 [35]
28th 1973  United States Berning, SusieSusie Berning Country Club of Rochester Rochester, New York 290 +2 [36]
29th 1974  United States Haynie, SandraSandra Haynie La Grange Country Club La Grange, Illinois 295 +7 [37]
30th 1975  United States Palmer, SandraSandra Palmer Atlantic City Country Club Northfield, New Jersey 295 +7 [38]
31st 1976  United States Carner, JoAnneJoAnne Carner* Rolling Green Golf Club Springfield Township, Pennsylvania 292 +8 [39][40][f]
32nd 1977  United States Stacy, HollisHollis Stacy Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota 292 +4 [41]
33rd 1978  United States Stacy, HollisHollis Stacy Country Club of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana 289 +5 [42]
34th 1979  United States Britz, JerilynJerilyn Britz Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield, Connecticut 284 E [43]
35th 1980  United States Alcott, AmyAmy Alcott Richland Country Club Nashville, Tennessee 280 −4 [44]
36th 1981  United States Bradley, PatPat Bradley La Grange Country Club La Grange, Illinois 279 −9 [45]
37th 1982  United States Alex, JanetJanet Alex Del Paso Country Club Sacramento, California 283 −5 [46]
38th 1983  Australia Stephenson, JanJan Stephenson Cedar Ridge Country Club Tulsa, Oklahoma 290 +6 [47]
39th 1984  United States Stacy, HollisHollis Stacy Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 290 +2 [48]
40th 1985  United States Baker (golfer), KathyKathy Baker (golfer) Baltusrol Golf Club Springfield, New Jersey 280 −8 [49]
41st 1986  United States Geddes, JaneJane Geddes* NCR Country Club Kettering, Ohio 287 −1 [50][51][g]
42nd 1987  England Davies, LauraLaura Davies* Plainfield Country Club Edison, New Jersey 285 −3 [52][53][h]
43rd 1988  Sweden Neumann, LiselotteLiselotte Neumann Baltimore Country Club, Five Farms, East Course Baltimore, Maryland 277 −7 [54]
44th 1989  United States King, BetsyBetsy King Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Old Course Lake Orion, Michigan 278 −6 [55]
45th 1990  United States King, BetsyBetsy King Atlanta Athletic Club, Riverside Course Duluth, Georgia 284 −4 [56]
46th 1991  United States Mallon, MegMeg Mallon Colonial Country Club Fort Worth, Texas 283 −1 [57]
47th 1992  United States Sheehan, PattyPatty Sheehan* Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania 280 −4 [58][59][i]
48th 1993  United States Merten, LauriLauri Merten Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 280 −8 [60]
49th 1994  United States Sheehan, PattyPatty Sheehan Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Old Course Lake Orion, Michigan 277 −7 [61]
50th 1995  Sweden Sörenstam, AnnikaAnnika Sörenstam Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course Colorado Springs, Colorado 278 −2 [62]
51st 1996  Sweden Sörenstam, AnnikaAnnika Sörenstam Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolina 272 −8 [63][64]
52nd 1997  England Nicholas, AlisonAlison Nicholas Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Witch Hollow Course North Plains, Oregon 274 −10 [65]
53rd 1998  South Korea Pak, Se RiSe Ri Pak* Blackwolf Run Kohler, Wisconsin 290 +6 [66][67][j]
54th 1999  United States Inkster, JuliJuli Inkster Old Waverly Golf Club West Point, Mississippi 272 −16 [68]
55th 2000  Australia Webb, KarrieKarrie Webb The Merit Club Gurnee, Illinois 282 −6 [69]
56th 2001  Australia Webb, KarrieKarrie Webb Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolina 273 −7 [70]
57th 2002  United States Inkster, JuliJuli Inkster Prairie Dunes Golf Club Hutchinson, Kansas 276 −4 [71]
58th 2003  United States Lunke, HilaryHilary Lunke* Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Witch Hollow Course North Plains, Oregon 283 −1 [72][73][k]
59th 2004  United States Mallon, MegMeg Mallon The Orchards Golf Club South Hadley, Massachusetts 274 −10 [74]
60th 2005  South Korea Kim, BirdieBirdie Kim Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 287 +3 [75]
61st 2006  Sweden Sörenstam, AnnikaAnnika Sörenstam* Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Island 284 E [76][77][l]
62nd 2007  United States Kerr, CristieCristie Kerr Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club Southern Pines, North Carolina 279 −5 [78]
63rd 2008  South Korea Park, InbeeInbee Park Interlachen Country Club Edina, Minnesota 283 −9 [79]
64th 2009  South Korea Ji, Eun-HeeEun-Hee Ji Saucon Valley Country Club Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 284 E [80]
65th 2010  United States Creamer, PaulaPaula Creamer Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania 281 −3 [81]
66th 2011  South Korea Ryu, So YeonSo Yeon Ryu* Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course Colorado Springs, Colorado 281 −3 [82][m]
67th 2012  South Korea Choi, Na YeonNa Yeon Choi Blackwolf Run Kohler, Wisconsin 281 −7 [83]
68th 2013  South Korea Park, InbeeInbee Park Sebonack Golf Club Southampton, New York 280 −8 [84]
69th 2014  United States Wie, MichelleMichelle Wie Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 278 −2 [85]

Multiple champions[edit]

This table lists the golfers who have won more than one U.S. Women's Open. Champions who win consecutively are indicated by the years with italics*.

Key
Golfer is deceased. Deceased golfer
Golfer won the career grand slam. Career Grand Slam winners
T1 Tied for first place
T3 Tied for third place
T7 Tied for seventh place
Rank Country Golfer Total Years
T1  United States Rawls, BetsyBetsy Rawls 4 1951, 1953, 1957, 1960
T1  United States Wright, MickeyMickey Wright Golfer won the career grand slam. 4 1958*, 1959*, 1961, 1964
T3  United States Zaharias, BabeBabe Zaharias Golfer is deceased. 3 1948, 1950, 1954
T3  United States Berning, SusieSusie Berning 3 1968, 1972*, 1973*
T3  United States Stacy, HollisHollis Stacy 3 1977*, 1978*, 1984
T3  Sweden Sörenstam, AnnikaAnnika Sörenstam Golfer won the career grand slam. 3 1995*, 1996*, 2006
T7  United States Suggs, LouiseLouise Suggs Golfer won the career grand slam. 2 1949, 1952
T7  United States Caponi, DonnaDonna Caponi 2 1969*, 1970*
T7  United States Carner, JoAnneJoAnne Carner 2 1971, 1976
T7  United States King, BetsyBetsy King 2 1989*, 1990*
T7  United States Sheehan, PattyPatty Sheehan 2 1992, 1994
T7  Australia Webb, KarrieKarrie Webb Golfer won the career grand slam. 2 2000*, 2001*
T7  United States Inkster, JuliJuli Inkster Golfer won the career grand slam. 2 1999, 2002
T7  United States Mallon, MegMeg Mallon 2 1991, 2004
T7  South Korea Park, InbeeInbee Park 2 2008, 2013

Champions by nationality[edit]

This table lists the total number of titles won by golfers of each nationality.

Key
T6 Tied for sixth place
Rank Nationality Wins Winners First title Last title
1  United States 51 32 1946 2014
2  South Korea 7 6 1998 2013
3  Sweden 4 2 1988 2006
4  Australia 3 2 1983 2001
5  England 2 2 1987 1997
T6  France 1 1 1967 1967
T6  Uruguay 1 1 1955 1955

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a Par is a predetermined number of strokes that a golfer should require to complete a hole, a round (the sum of the total pars of the played holes), or a tournament (the sum of the total pars of each round). E stands for even, which means the tournament was completed in the predetermined number of strokes. The best score should always be the lowest in relation to par.[86]
  • b The first event was contested in match play competition. This means the score is reported differently.[6]
  • c Betsy Rawls won in an 18-hole playoff over Jackie Pung, 70–77.[1]
  • d Kathy Cornelius won in an 18-hole playoff over Barbara McIntire (a), 75–82.[1]
  • e Mickey Wright won in an 18-hole playoff over Ruth Jessen, 70–72.[1]
  • f JoAnne Carner won in an 18-hole playoff over Sandra Palmer, 76–78.[1]
  • g Jane Geddes won in an 18-hole playoff over Sally Little, 71–73.[1]
  • h Laura Davies won in an 18-hole playoff over Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner, 71–73–74.[1]
  • i Patty Sheehan won in an 18-hole playoff over Juli Inkster, 72–74.[1]
  • j Se Ri Pak won in an 18-hole playoff over Jenny Chuasiriporn (a), 73–73, which she won in sudden death after that on the second extra hole.[1]
  • k Hilary Lunke won in an 18-hole playoff over Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins, 70–71–73.[1]
  • l Annika Sörenstam won in an 18-hole playoff over Pat Hurst, 70–74.[1]
  • m So Yeon Ryu won won in a 3-hole playoff over Hee Kyung Seo, 10–13.[82]

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