1996 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1996 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates May 30 – June 2, 1996
Location Southern Pines,
North Carolina
Course(s) Pine Needles Lodge
and Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,207 yards (5,676 m)[1][2]
Cut 148 (+8)
Prize fund $1.2 million
Winner's share $212,500
Champion
Sweden Annika Sörenstam
272 (−8)
Pine NeedlesLodge & GC is located in the US
Pine NeedlesLodge & GC
Pine Needles
Lodge & GC
Location in the United States
Pine NeedlesLodge & GC is located in North Carolina
Pine NeedlesLodge & GC
Pine Needles
Lodge & GC
Location in North Carolina

The 1996 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 51st U.S. Women's Open, held May 30 to June 2 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Defending champion Annika Sörenstam retained the title, six strokes ahead of runner-up Kris Tschetter.[2][3][4] It was the second of her ten major titles; her third came nearly five years later. ESPN and NBC Sports televised the tournament.

Sörenstam was the sixth of seven to win consecutive titles at the U.S. Women's Open, most recently accomplished by Karrie Webb in 2001, also at Pine Needles. The championship returned to the venue for a third time in 2007, won by Cristie Kerr.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 1995 70 67 69 66 272 −8 1
Pat Bradley  United States 1981 74 70 67 69 288 E T3
Jane Geddes  United States 1986 71 69 70 70 280 E T3
Laura Davies  England 1987 74 68 70 69 281 +1 6
Liselotte Neumann  Sweden 1988 74 69 70 70 283 +3 T8
Patty Sheehan  United States 1992, 1994 74 71 72 69 286 +6 T14
Meg Mallon  United States 1991 77 69 72 70 287 +7 T19
Jan Stephenson  Australia 1983 77 70 75 73 295 +15 T54

Source:[3]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Hollis Stacy  United States 1977, 1978, 1984 74 75 149 +9
JoAnne Carner  United States 1971, 1976 74 77 151 +11
Lauri Merten  United States 1993 77 74 151 +11
Betsy King  United States 1989, 1990 81 77 158 +18

Source:[5]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, May 30, 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Beth Daniel  United States 69 −1
Kim Williams  United States
T3 Brandie Burton  United States 70 E
Riko Higashio (a)  Japan
Jenny Lidback  Peru
 Sweden
Michele Redman  United States
Annika Sörenstam  Sweden
Kris Tschetter  United States
T9 Jane Geddes  United States 71 +1
Trish Johnson  England
Rosie Jones  United States
Emilee Klein  United States
Catriona Matthew  Scotland
Missie McGeorge  United States
Joan Pitcock  United States
Maggie Will  United States

Source:[6]

Second round[edit]

Friday, May 31, 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 70-67=137 −3
T2 Brandie Burton  United States 70-70=140 E
Jane Geddes  United States 71-69=140
Emilee Klein  United States 71-69=140
5 Rosie Jones  United States 71-70=141 +1
T6 Stefania Croce  Italy 72-70=142 +2
Laura Davies  England 74-68=142
Gail Graham  Canada 72-70=142
Tammie Green  United States 72-70=142
Joan Pitcock  United States 71-71=142
Val Skinner  United States 74-68=142

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 1, 1996

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 70-67-69=206 −4
2 Brandie Burton  United States 70-70-69=209 −1
3 Jane Geddes  United States 71-69-70=210 E
T4 Pat Bradley  United States 74-70-67=211 +1
Tammie Green  United States 72-70-69=211
T6 Laura Davies  England 74-68-70=212 +2
Nancy Harvey  Canada 72-71-69=212
Mayumi Hirase  Japan 74-69-69=212
Michele Redman  United States 70-73-69=212
Kris Tschetter  United States 70-74-68=212

Source:[8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 2, 1996

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 70-67-69-66=272 −8 212,500
2 Kris Tschetter  United States 70-74-68-66=278 −2 125,000
T3 Brandie Burton  United States 70-70-69-71=280 E 60,373
Jane Geddes  United States 71-69-70-70=280
Pat Bradley  United States 74-70-67-69=280
6 Laura Davies  England 74-68-70-69=281 +1 40,077
7 Catrin Nilsmark  Sweden 72-73-68-69=282 +2 35,995
T8 Cindy Rarick  United States 73-70-72-68=283 +3 29,584
Liselotte Neumann  Sweden 74-69-70-70=283
Tammie Green  United States 72-70-69-72=283
Val Skinner  United States 74-68-71-70=283

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garrity, John (June 10, 1996). "Timeless Track". Sports Illustrated. p. G6. 
  2. ^ a b "Sorenstam strolls to victory". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (New York Times), Associated Press. June 3, 1996. p. 4C. 
  3. ^ a b c Sirak, Ron (June 3, 1996). "Sorenstam makes Open a closed affair". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. p. 1C. 
  4. ^ Bamberger, Michael (June 10, 1996). "Second Coming". Sports Illustrated. p. G2. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Women's Open: Friday's scores". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. June 1, 1996. p. 4C. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Women's Open". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. May 31, 1996. p. 4C. 
  7. ^ "Sorenstam halfway to defending title". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 1, 1996. p. 3D. 
  8. ^ "Women's Open far from closed by 3-shot lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 2, 1996. p. 8F. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°11′49″N 79°23′31″W / 35.197°N 79.392°W / 35.197; -79.392