1981 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1981 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates July 23–26, 1981
Location LaGrange, Illinois
Course(s) La Grange Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,204 yards (5,673 m)
Field 150 players, 70 after cut
Cut 153 (+9)
Prize fund $150,000
Winner's share $22,000
Champion
United States Pat Bradley
279 (−9)
La GrangeCountry Club is located in the US
La GrangeCountry Club
La Grange
Country Club
Location in the United States
La Grange Country Club is located in Illinois
La Grange Country Club
La Grange 
Country Club
Location in Illinois

The 1981 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 36th U.S. Women's Open, held July 23–26 at La Grange Country Club in LaGrange, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago.

Three strokes back after 54 holes, Pat Bradley shot a final round 66 (−6) to win her only U.S. Women's Open, one stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel.[1][2] It was the second of Bradley's six major titles.

Kathy Whitworth had her best chance to win the U.S. Women's Open, the only major championship to elude her. She co-led after 18 and 36 holes,[3] and led by a stroke over Bonnie Lauer after the third round.[4] Both faded on Sunday as Whitworth carded a 74 (+2) to finish five strokes back in solo third. With that, she became the first to exceed one million dollars in career earnings on the LPGA Tour.[5]

The course hosted the championship seven years earlier in 1974.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Donna Caponi  United States 1969, 1970 71 74 72 73 290 +2 T6
JoAnne Carner  United States 1971, 1976 73 71 72 74 290 +2 T6
Sandra Haynie  United States 1974 75 73 73 71 292 +4 T10
Hollis Stacy  United States 1977, 1978 73 75 71 73 292 +4 T10
Amy Alcott  United States 1980 75 73 72 75 295 +7 T19
Sandra Palmer  United States 1975 77 75 74 74 300 +12 T29
Jerilyn Britz  United States 1979 70 81 75 76 302 +14 T34
Sandra Spuzich  United States 1966 80 71 79 79 309 +21 T60
Susie Berning  United States 1968, 1972, 1973 78 75 76 82 311 +23 T64

Source:[1]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Carol Mann  United States 1965 77 81 158 +14

Source:[3]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, July 26, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Pat Bradley  United States 71-74-68-66=279 −9 22,000
2 Beth Daniel  United States 69-74-69-68=280 −8 12,500
3 Kathy Whitworth  United States 69-70-71-74=284 −4 9,500
T4 Bonnie Lauer  United States 72-67-72-76=287 −1 7,000
Cindy Hill  United States 76-70-69-72=287
T6 Donna Caponi  United States 71-74-72-73=290 +2 4,562
JoAnne Carner  United States 73-71-72-74=290
Marlene Floyd  United States 71-72-73-74=290
Patty Sheehan  United States 74-74-72-70=290
T10 Amelia Rorer  United States 73-77-69-73=292 +4 2,967
Debbie Massey  United States 71-72-72-77=292
Hollis Stacy  United States 73-75-71-73=292
Sally Little  South Africa 74-72-76-70=292
Sandra Haynie  United States 75-73-73-71=292
Shelley Hamlin  United States 70-75-75-72=292

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bradley shows she can't be overlooked". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. July 27, 1981. p. 4B. 
  2. ^ Kausler, Don, Jr. (July 27, 1981). "Bradley wins Open by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2. 
  3. ^ a b "Whitworth touchy about Open hopes". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 25, 1981. p. 3C. 
  4. ^ "Whitworth alone in lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 26, 1981. p. 7C. 
  5. ^ "Women's Open emotional". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. July 27, 1981. p. 1C. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°48′04″N 87°52′52″W / 41.801°N 87.881°W / 41.801; -87.881