2010 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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2010 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates July 8–11, 2010
Location Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Oakmont Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Par 71
Length 6,598 yards (6,033 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 68 after cut
Cut 152 (+10)
Prize fund $3.25 million
Winner's share $585,000
United States Paula Creamer
281 (−3)
Oakmont CC is located in the US
Oakmont CC
Oakmont CC
Location in the United States
Oakmont CC is located in Pennsylvania
Oakmont CC
Oakmont CC
Location in Pennsylvania

The 2010 United States Women's Open Golf Championship was the 65th U.S. Women's Open, played July 8–11 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh.[2] Paula Creamer, in her fourth tournament after surgery to her left thumb, won her first major championship, four shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

It was the second U.S. Women's Open, and 15th overall USGA championship (8 U.S. Open and 5 U.S. Amateur championships also; a 16th has since been hosted) held at Oakmont, which hosted 18 years earlier in 1992; Patty Sheehan won that year, in an 18-hole playoff over Juli Inkster. The Tournament was televised by ESPN and NBC Sports.

Qualifying and field[edit]

For the first time since 2001, qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place in a single sectional qualifying tournament stage, rather than in a two-stage process of local and sectional qualifying tournaments. Twenty separate sectional qualifying tournaments took place from May 2 through June 3 in 16 states across the United States.[3][4]

Exempt from qualifying[edit]

Players in eleven categories were exempt from qualifying. Players are listed only once in the first category in which they qualify, with additional categories in parentheses ( ) next to their names. Golfers qualifying in Category 10 who qualify by more than one method are also denoted with the tour by which they qualified.

1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years (2000–2009)
Juli Inkster, Eun-Hee Ji (6,7), Cristie Kerr (3,6,7,8,9), Birdie Kim, Hilary Lunke, Inbee Park (7,8), Karrie Webb (5,7)
(Eligible but not playing: Annika Sörenstam1 and Meg Mallon3) Kim and Lunke did not play.

2. Winner and runner-up from the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
Jennifer Johnson
(The winner, Jennifer Song, turned professional on June 17, 2010 and lost her exemption in this category. She remains exempt in Category 6 below.)

3. Winners of the LPGA Championship for the last five years
Anna Nordqvist (7,9), Se Ri Pak (7,9), Suzann Pettersen (6,7,8,9), Yani Tseng (5,7,8,9)

4. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open for the last five years
Jeong Jang, Catriona Matthew (7,9,10–LET), Jiyai Shin (6,7,8,9), Sherri Steinhauer
(Eligible but not playing: Lorena Ochoa1 (5,7,8,9))

5. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship for the last five years
Brittany Lincicome (6,7), Morgan Pressel (6,7)

6. From the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship, the 15 lowest scores and anyone tying for 15th place
Sun Ju Ahn (10–Korea), Kyeong Bae (7), Na Yeon Choi (7,9), Paula Creamer (7), In-Kyung Kim (7), Song-Hee Kim (7,8), Candie Kung (7), Ai Miyazato (7,8,9), Hee Young Park (7), Morgan Pressel (7), Jennifer Song

7. From the 2009 final official LPGA money list, the top 50 money leaders
Helen Alfredsson, Meaghan Francella, Sandra Gal, Natalie Gulbis, Sophie Gustafson (9,10–LET), Hee-Won Han, Maria Hjorth, Katherine Hull, M. J. Hur (9), Pat Hurst, Vicky Hurst, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Jee Young Lee, Meena Lee, Seon Hwa Lee, Stacy Lewis (8), Mika Miyazato, Ji Young Oh, Michele Redman, Angela Stanford, Momoko Ueda, Wendy Ward, Michelle Wie (8,9), Lindsey Wright, Amy Yang, Eunjung Yi, Sun Young Yoo

8. From the 2010 official LPGA money list, the top 10 money leaders through the close of entries on May 5

9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship
Bo Bae Song2

10. Top five money leaders from the 2009 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour, and Ladies European Tour
Japan LPGA Tour: Sakura Yokomine, Shinobu Moromizato, Chie Arimura, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Yuko Mitsuka, Korea LPGA Tour: Hee Kyung Seo, So Yeon Ryu, Bo-Mee Lee, Jeong-Eun Lee Ladies Europen Tour: Becky Brewerton, Tania Elosegui, Marianne Skarpnord

11. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
none offered

1Both Sörenstam and Ochoa have announced their retirement, but are officially listed by the LPGA as "inactive".
2Bo Bae Song was not an LPGA Tour member when she won the Mizuno Classic in 2009. This means that her victory and prize money are not included in LPGA career statistics. However, since the Mizuno Classic is sanctioned by the LPGA as an official money event, Song's victory is considered "official" for purposes of U.S. Women's Open entry.
3Mallon announced her retirement from competitive golf on July 7, 2010 and withdrew from the tournament. She was replaced by alternate Nicole Vandermade.[5]


The following players qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open through one of the sectional qualifying tournaments. At sites with multiple qualifiers, players are listed in order of qualifying scores, from lowest score to highest.[6]

May 17 at White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
Martha Nause

May 17 at Shady Oaks Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
Maria Hernandez, Taylor Leon, Heather Young

May 19 at Plantation Bay Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida
Alexis Thompson, Yueer Feng, Jaye Marie Green, Shasta Averyhardt, Sarah Kemp, Veronica Felibert

May 24 at Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
Aiko Ueno, Shi Hyun Ahn, Paige Mackenzie, Nicole Zhang, Juliana Murcia Ortiz, Esther Choe

May 24 at Corral de Tierra Country Club, Corral de Tierra, California
Mina Harigae, Tiffany Lim, Sofie Andersson Sally Watson

May 24 at Mission Viejo Country Club, Mission Viejo, California
Tiffany Joh, Alison Lee, Jenny Shin, Gabriella Then

May 24 at The Oaks Club, Osprey, Florida
Jessica Korda, Samantha Richdale, Jennifer Gleason, Victoria Tanco, Sandra Changkija

May 24 at Twin Orchard Country Club, Long Grove, Florida
Libby Smith, Nicole Jeray, Laura Kueny, Ashli Bunch

May 24 at Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
Chella Choi, Karine Icher, Pornanong Phatlum, Hye Jung Choi, Laura Diaz, Meredith Duncan, Alison Walshe, Julieta Granada, Alena Sharp, Shanshan Feng, Jung Yeon Lee, Louise Friberg

May 24 at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Kelli Shean, Lucy Nunn

May 24 at Shadow Hawk Golf Club, Richmond, Texas
Lisa McCloskey, Christi Cano, Janine Fellows

May 25 at Hawk Pointe Golf Club, Washington, New Jersey
Amanda Blumenherst, Azahara Muñoz, Na On Min, Jennifer Rosales

May 26 at White Columns Country Club, Milton, Georgia
Allison Fouch, Karen Stupples, Irene Cho, Stacy Prammanasudh, Sarah Lynn Sargent

May 26 at Tumble Creek Club, Roslyn, Washington
Christine Wong

May 30 at Hoakalei Country Club, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Sakurako Mori

May 31 at Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Kimberly Kim, Jill McGill, Mhairi McKay

June 1 at Industry Hills Golf Club, City of Industry, California
Giulia Sergas, Kaitlin Drolson, Belen Mozo, Stephanie Kono, Sun Gyoung Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Charlotte Mayorkas, Tamie Durdin, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Anna Rawson

June 1 at Twin Hills Country Club, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Brittany Altomare, Liz Janangelo

June 2 at Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Janice Moodie, Jennifer Kirby, Becky Morgan

June 3 at Carolina Trace (Lakes Course), Sanford, North Carolina
Hsiao-Ching Lu, Gwladys Nocera, Joomi Kim


  1. Courtney Ellenbogen – the first alternate from the Sanford, North Carolina qualifier with a score of 77-68=145 was added to the field when the last three winners on the LPGA Tour—Meaghan Francella, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr—already had qualified for the tournament, opening up additional spots.[7]
  2. Nicole Vandermade – replaced Meg Mallon who announced her retirement from golf and withdrew from the tournament on July 7. Vandermade was the first alternate from the Richmond, Texas qualifier with a score of 74-71=145.[5][6]
  3. Sara-Maude Juneau – replaced Chie Arimura. Juneau was the first alternate from the St. Louis qualifier with a score of 75-71=146.[6]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Inbee Park  South Korea 2008 70 78 73 68 289 +5 T8
Karrie Webb  Australia 2000, 2001 74 72 73 74 293 +9 T17
Cristie Kerr  United States 2007 72 71 75 75 293
Eun-Hee Ji  South Korea 2009 77 75 74 75 299 +15 T39

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Juli Inkster  United States 1999, 2002 77 76 153 +11
Se Ri Pak  South Korea 1998 77 78 155 +13

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
Yards 437 325 400 559 360 170 392 252 447 3,372 440 340 602 153 350 442 209 245 445 3,226 6,598
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Lengths of the course for previous U.S. Women's Opens:

  • 1992: 6,312 yards (5,772 m), par 71

Note: The 9th hole is par 5 for women only in USGA championships. For men's majors, it is a par 4.

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Brittany Lang  United States 69 −2
T2 M. J. Hur  South Korea 70 −1
Inbee Park  South Korea 70
Kelli Shean (a)  South Africa 70
Amy Yang  South Korea 70
T6 Mhairi McKay  Scotland 71 E
Sakura Yokomine  Japan 71
T8 Shi Hyun Ahn  South Korea 72 +1
Paula Creamer  United States 72
Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 72
Vicky Hurst  United States 72
Cristie Kerr  United States 72
Christina Kim  United States 72
Song-Hee Kim  South Korea 72
Jeong Eun Lee  South Korea 72
Jee Young Lee  South Korea 72
Kristy McPherson  United States 72
Shinobu Moromizato  Japan 72
Hee-Kyung Seo  South Korea 72
Alena Sharp  Canada 72
Wendy Ward  United States 72

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 9, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Weather interrupted play on Friday afternoon, and the round was concluded Saturday.

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Paula Creamer  United States 72-70=142 E
Sakura Yokomine  Japan 71-71=142
T3 Cristie Kerr  United States 72-71=143 +1
Brittany Lang  United States 69-74=143
T5 Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 72-72=144 +2
Christina Kim  United States 72-72=144
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 73-71=144
T8 Maria Hjorth  Sweden 73-72=145 +3
Jeong Jang  South Korea 73-72=145
I.K. Kim  South Korea 74-71=145
Stacy Lewis  United States 75-70=145
Angela Stanford  United States 73-72=145
Wendy Ward  United States 72-73=145
Amy Yang  South Korea 70-75=145
  • The 36-hole cut was at 152 (+10) or better; 68 of the 156 players advanced to the third and fourth rounds, including six amateurs.

Amateurs (a): Shean (+7), McCloskey (+8), Johnson (+9), Kang (+10), Lim (+10), Wong (+10), Watson (+11), Kono (+12), Changkija (+14), Gulyanamitta (+14), Salas (+14), Zhang (+14), Ellenbogen (+15), Korda (+15), Tanco (+16), Fellows (+17), Jutanugarn (+17), Kirby (+17), Park (+17), Juneau (+18), Murcia Ortiz (+18), Altomare (+19), Lee-Bentham (+20), Drolson (+22), Feng (+22), Then (+23), Lee (+24), Vandermade (+24), Green (+29).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 10, 2011

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paula Creamer  United States 72-70-70=212 −1
2 Wendy Ward  United States 72-73-70=215 +2
T3 Amy Yang  South Korea 70-75-71=216 +3
Christina Kim  United States 72-72-72=216
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 73-71-72=216
6 Lexi Thompson  United States 73-74-70=217 +4
T7 Natalie Gulbis  United States 73-73-72=218 +5
I.K. Kim  South Korea 74-71-73=218
Sophie Gustafson  Sweden 72-72-74=218
Cristie Kerr  United States 72-71-75=218
Brittany Lang  United States 69-74-75=218
Sakura Yokomine  Japan 71-71-76=218

Final round[edit]

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Paula Creamer  United States 72-70-70-69=281 −3 585,000
T2 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 75-72-72-66=285 +1 248,468
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 73-71-72-69=285
4 I.K. Kim  South Korea 74-71-73-68=286 +2 152,565
T5 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 76-71-72-68=287 +3 110,481
Brittany Lang  United States 69-74-75-69=287
Amy Yang  South Korea 70-75-71-71=287
T8 Inbee Park  South Korea 70-78-73-68=289 +5 87,202
Christina Kim  United States 72-72-72-73=289
T10 Yani Tseng  Taiwan 73-76-73-68=290 +6 72,131
Sakura Yokomine  Japan 71-71-76-72=290
Lexi Thompson  United States 73-74-70-73=290


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Championship Facts: 2010 U.S. Women's Open". USGA. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Women's Open Official Site". Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2010 U.S. Open Qualifying Archived June 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ https://champs.usga.org/EntryForms/womensopen.pdf[dead link]
  5. ^ a b Baldry, Beth Ann (July 7, 2010). "As will to win fades, Mallon, 47, retires". Golfweek. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "U.S. Women's Open Sectional Qualifying Results". USGA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ King, Randy (July 7, 2010). "Ellenbogen gets 3rd shot at U.S. Women's Open". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "65th U.S. Women's Open Championship 2010: Championship Summary" (PDF). USGA. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "2010 U.S. Women's Open: leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2010 LPGA
Major Championships Succeeded by
2010 Women's British Open

Coordinates: 40°31′34″N 79°49′37″W / 40.526°N 79.827°W / 40.526; -79.827