2012 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
|Dates||July 5–8, 2012|
Original Championship Course
|Length||6,954 yards (6,359 m)|
|Field||156 players, 65 after cut|
|Prize fund||$3.25 million|
|Na Yeon Choi|
The 2012 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 67th U.S. Women's Open, held July 5–8 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Na Yeon Choi won her first major championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Amy Yang.
The U.S. Women's Open is the oldest major championship and the third of the 2012 season. It has the largest purse in women's golf, at $3.25 million in 2012. It is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). Qualifying tournaments began on May 14, 2012 and concluded on June 3, 2012. The tournament was televised by ESPN and NBC Sports.
Blackwolf Run previously hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 with Se Ri Pak beating amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn in a Monday playoff that went to 20 holes. Their 72-hole score was 290 (+6), played on a par-71 course at 6,412 yards (5,863 m). The course for 2012 was set as a par-72 with a maximum length of 6,954 yards (6,359 m), an increase of 542 yards (496 m). The course was set at less than the maximum for all four rounds.
Qualifying and field
The championship was open to any female professional or amateur golfer with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 4.4. Players qualified by competing in one of nineteen 36-hole qualifying tournaments that tare taking place between May 14 and June 3 at sites across the United States. Additional players were exempt from qualifying because of past performances in professional or amateur tournaments around the world.
Exempt from qualifying
Many players were exempt in multiple categories. Players are listed only once, in the first category in which they became exempt, with additional categories in parentheses ( ) next to their names. Golfers qualifying in Category 12 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 (2002–2011)
Juli Inkster (9), Paula Creamer (9,13), Eun-Hee Ji (9), Cristie Kerr (5,8,9,13), Birdie Kim, Inbee Park (8,9), So Yeon Ryu (9,10,11,12,13)
Exempt but did not enter tournament: Hilary Lunke, Meg Mallon, Annika Sörenstam
2. Winner and runner-up from the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
Moriya Jutanugarn (runner-up) (The winner, Danielle Kang, turned professional in August 2011 and was no longer exempt. Kang entered the City of Industry qualifying tournament on May 29 where she earned the third of four available spots from that location.)
3. Winner of the 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) (must be an amateur)
6. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open for the last five years (2007–2011)
Catriona Matthew (9,11,13), Jiyai Shin (8,9,10) (withdrew because of injury)
Exempt but did not enter tournament: Lorena Ochoa (7)
8. 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place from the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championship
I.K. Kim (9,13), Ai Miyazato (9,10,11,12,13), Mika Miyazato (9), Hee Kyung Seo (9), Angela Stanford (9,10,11,13), Ryann O'Toole (9), Amy Yang (9,13), Karrie Webb (9,13)
9. Top 70 money leaders from the 2011 final official LPGA money list
Kyeong Bae, Amanda Blumenherst, Christel Boeljon, Chella Choi, Na Yeon Choi (10,11,13), Shanshan Feng (5,10,11,13), Katie Futcher, Sandra Gal, Julieta Granada, Natalie Gulbis, Sophie Gustafson, Hee-Won Han, Mina Harigae, Caroline Hedwall (12,13), Maria Hjorth, Katherine Hull, Amy Hung, Pat Hurst, Vicky Hurst, Tiffany Joh, Jennifer Johnson, Jimin Kang, Christina Kim, Mindy Kim, Song-Hee Kim (withdrew) Candie Kung, Cindy LaCrosse, Brittany Lang (11), Meena Lee, Paige Mackenzie, Kristy McPherson, Becky Morgan, Belen Mozo, Azahara Muñoz (10,11), Se Ri Pak, Hee Young Park (11), Suzann Pettersen (11,13), Gerina Piller, Pornanong Phatlum, Stacy Prammanasudh, Morgan Pressel (13), Beatriz Recari, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Jenny Shin, Karen Stupples, Momoko Ueda (11), Wendy Ward, Michelle Wie (13)
Exempt but did not enter tournament: Mi Hyun Kim, Heather Bowie Young
10. Top 10 money leaders from the 2012 official LPGA money list, through the close of entries on May 2 (must have filed an entry by May 2)
All players in this category already qualified in at least one other category
11. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2011 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open Championship
Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson (13)
12. Top five money leaders from the 2011 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour
Japan LPGA Tour: Sun-Ju Ahn (13) (withdrew) Chie Arimura (13) (declined to participate), Yukari Baba, Ji-Hee Lee, (13), Sakura Yokomine (13)
Korea LPGA Tour: Kim Ha-neul (declined to participate), Hyun Hwa Sim, Soo Jin Yang, Yeon Ju Jung
Ladies European Tour: Diana Luna, Lee-Anne Pace, Melissa Reid,
13. Top 25 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 25th place as of May 2, 2012
All players in this category already qualified in at least one other category
15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
The following players qualified for the 2012 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.
Alternates added to field
Jisoo Keel, the first alternate from the Colorado Springs qualifier, was added to the field on July 2 when Mi-Jeong Jeon who qualified by moving into the top 25 in the Rolex Rankings by that date (exemption category 14) declined to participate in the tournament.
The following players were added to the field on July 2 when spots reserved for players qualifying in various categories, including 5, 10, 11, 12 and 14, after the conclusion of open qualifying tournaments, were not used.
- Ashley Armstrong, the first alternate from the St. Louis qualifier
- Shannon Aubert, the alternate from the Ormond Beach qualifier
- Kylene Pulley, the first alternate from the Sanford, North Carolina qualifier
- Reilley Rankin, the first alternate from the Dunwoody, Georgia qualifier
- Jenny Suh, the first alternate from the Fairfax, Virginia qualifier
- Angel Yin, the first alternate from the City of Industry qualifier
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Paula Creamer||United States||2010||73||73||71||74||291||+3||T7|
|Se Ri Pak||South Korea||1998||72||73||76||71||292||+4||T9|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||2008||71||70||76||75||292||+4||T9|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||2007||69||71||77||75||292||+4||T9|
|So Yeon Ryu||South Korea||2011||74||71||74||74||293||+5||T14|
|Karrie Webb||Australia||2000, 2001||75||72||81||74||302||+14||T50|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Eun-Hee Ji||South Korea||2009||76||78||154||+10|
|Birdie Kim||South Korea||2005||81||77||158||+14|
|Juli Inkster||United States||1999, 2002||79||82||161||+17|
Original Championship Course 
- "Original Championship Course" uses the back nine from Meadow Valleys for its front nine, and the first four and final five holes from River for its back nine.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
|T1||Cristie Kerr||United States||69||−3|
|Brittany Lincicome||United States|
|Lizette Salas||United States|
|Lexi Thompson||United States|
|Jennie Lee||United States|
|T8||Meena Lee||South Korea||71||−1|
|Inbee Park||South Korea|
|Vicky Hurst||United States|
|Na Yeon Choi||South Korea|
Friday, July 6, 2012
|T2||Michelle Wie||United States||74-66=140||−4|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||69-71=140|
|T4||Vicky Hurst||United States||71-70=141||−3|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||71-70=141|
|Lizette Salas||United States||69-73=142|
|T9||Nicole Castrale||United States||73-70=143||−1|
|Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||71-72=143|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||70-73=143|
Amateurs: Ko (+2), Talley (+4), Lee (+5), Kim (+6), Bernabe (+9), Chen (+9), Green (+9), Altomare (+10), Dominguez (+10), O'Sullivan (+10), J. Park (+10), Khang (+11), Perry (+11), Shon (+11), Jutanugarn (+13), Keel (+15), Lopez (+15), Weaver (+16), Aubert (+17), Meadow (+17), Armstrong (+18), Meier (+20), A. Park (+21), Yin (+21), Mao (+22), Marks (+22), Mitsunaga (+24), Stoll (+26).
Saturday, July 7, 2012
|1||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||71-72-65=208||−8|
|2||Amy Yang||South Korea||73-72-69=214||−2|
|T3||Lexi Thompson||United States||70-73-72=215||−1|
|6||Vicky Hurst||United States||71-70-75=216||E|
|T7||Paula Creamer||United States||73-73-71=217||+1|
|Nicole Castrale||United States||73-70-74=217|
|Lizette Salas||United States||69-73-74=217|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||71-70-76=217|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||69-71-77=217|
Sunday, July 8, 2012
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||71-72-65-73=281||−7||585,000|
|2||Amy Yang||South Korea||73-72-69-71=285||−3||350,000|
|T4||Ilhee Lee||South Korea||72-71-77-70=290||+2||128,487|
|T7||Paula Creamer||United States||73-73-71-74=291||+3||94,736|
|T9||Se Ri Pak||South Korea||72-73-76-71=292||+4||72,596|
|Nicole Castrale||United States||73-70-74-75=292|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||71-70-76-75=292|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||69-71-77-75=292|
Amateurs: Ko (+12), Talley (+13), Lee (+18).
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2012 LPGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2012 Women's British Open