2012 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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2012 U.S. Women's Open
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Tournament information
Dates July 5–8, 2012
Location Kohler, Wisconsin
Course(s) Blackwolf Run
Original Championship Course[1]
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,954 yards (6,359 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 65 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $3.25 million[2]
Winner's share $585,000
Champion
South Korea Na Yeon Choi
281 (−7)
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Location in the United States
BlackwolfRun is located in Wisconsin
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Location in Wisconsin

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.[2] 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.[2] It is one of 13 national championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).[3] Qualifying tournaments began on May 14, 2012 and concluded on June 3, 2012.[4] 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).[5][6] 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).[1] The course was set at less than the maximum for all four rounds.

Qualifying and field[edit]

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.[4]

The USGA reports that a record 1,364 entries were received for the Championship, surpassing the previous record of 1,296 entries for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open.[4]

Exempt from qualifying[edit]

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.[4][7]

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.[8])

3. Winner of the 2012 Ladies British Open Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
Stephanie Meadow

4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) (must be an amateur)
Lydia Ko

5. Winners of the LPGA Championship for the last five years (2008–2012)
Anna Nordqvist (9), Yani Tseng (6,7,9,10,11,13)

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)[9]
Exempt but did not enter tournament: Lorena Ochoa (7)

7. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship for the last five years (2008–2012)
Stacy Lewis (9,10,11,13), Brittany Lincicome (9,11,13), Sun-Young Yoo (9,10,11,13)

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)[10] 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)[11] 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

14. Top 25 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 25th place as of July 2, 2012
Mi-Jeong Jeon (declined to participate in tournament)

15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
None offered

Qualifiers[edit]

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.[7]

May 14 at Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Bellingham Washington
Sue Kim, Emma Talley[12]

May 15 at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club, Ormond Beach, Florida
Katie Burnett, Veronica Felibert, Jennifer Gleason, Jaye Marie Green[12][13]

May 15 at Trump National Golf Club, Colts Neck, New Jersey
Annie Park, Seon Hwa Lee, Jeong Jang, Mi Jung Hur, Jennie Lee, Jennifer Song[12][14]

May 21 at Longmeadow Country Club, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Alison Walshe, Megan Khang[12][15]

May 21 at Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mina Nakayama[12]

May 21 at Half Moon Bay Golf Links (Ocean Course), Half Moon Bay, California
Gigi Stoll, Hannah O'Sullivan, Mo Martin[12][16]

May 21 at Big Foot Country Club, Fontana, Wisconsin
Carlota Ciganda, Junthima Gulyanamitta[12][17]

May 21 at Dunwoody Country Club, Dunwoody, Georgia
Victoria Tanco, Cydney Clanton, Mi Hyang Lee, Jin Young Pak[12][18]

May 22 at The Woodlands Country Club (Player Course), The Woodlands, Texas
Maria Gabriela Lopez, Katy Harris, Lili Alvarez[12][19]

May 23 at Terravita Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
Lizette Salas, Lindsey Weaver, Nicole Castrale, Jane Rah[12]

May 29 at Industry Hills Golf Club (Eisenhower Course and Zaharias Course), City of Industry, California
Brianna Do, Jisoo Park, Elizabeth Bernabe, Danielle Kang[8][12]

May 29 at The Oaks Club (Eagle Course), Osprey, Florida
Doris Chen, Paola Moreno, Haley Wilson[12][20]

May 29 at Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
Lorie Kane, Haru Nomura, Brittany Altomare, Ilhee Lee, Samantha S Marks, Angela Oh, Kelly Shon[12][21]

May 29 at Wayzata Country Club, Wayzata, Minnesota
Briana Mao[12][22]

May 29 at Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
Isabelle Beisiegel, Brooke Pancake[12][23]

May 30 at Carolina Trace Country Club (Lake Course), Sanford, North Carolina
Katherine Perry, Cheyenne Woods, Rinko Mitsunaga[12][24]

May 30 at Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Giulia Sergas, Christine Meier[12]

May 30 at Stonebriar Country Club (Fazio Course), Frisco, Texas
Gabriella Dominguez, Tessa Teachman, Jamie Hullett[12]

June 3 at Broadmoor Golf Club (West Course), Colorado Springs, Colorado
Becca Huffer, Kelly Jacques, Anya Sarai Alvarez[25]

Alternates added to field[edit]

Kyung Kim, the first alternate from the Scottsdale, Arizona qualifier, was added to the field on June 12 when Jiyai Shin, who had qualified in multiple categories, withdrew because of injury.[9]

Alison Lee, the first alternate from the Half Moon Bay, California qualifier, was added to the field on June 29 when Sun Ju Ahn, who had qualified from the JLPGA money list, withdrew.[11]

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.[26]

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.

Cathryn Bristow, the second alternate from the Frisco, Texas qualifier, was added to the field on July 5 when Song-Hee Kim who qualified in category 9, withdrew citing a sore back and neck.[10]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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[edit]

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

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Blackwolf Run

Original Championship Course [1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 348 522 455 341 409 200 590 180 395 3,440 564 375 447 195 342 372 602 172 445 3,514 6,954
Par 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 36 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72
  • "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.[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Cristie Kerr  United States 69 −3
Brittany Lincicome  United States
Lizette Salas  United States
T4 Beatriz Recari  Spain 70 −2
Ai Miyazato  Japan
Lexi Thompson  United States
Jennie Lee  United States
T8 Meena Lee  South Korea 71 −1
Sandra Gal  Germany
Inbee Park  South Korea
Mika Miyazato  Japan
Vicky Hurst  United States
Na Yeon Choi  South Korea
Suzann Pettersen  Norway

Source:[29][30]

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 6, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 71-68=139 −5
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
Sandra Gal  Germany 71-70=141
T7 Mika Miyazato  Japan 71-71=142 −2
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

Source:[31][32]

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).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Place Player Country Score To par
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
Mika Miyazato  Japan 71-71-73=215
Sandra Gal  Germany 71-70-74=215
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
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 71-68-78=217

Source:[33][34]

Final round[edit]

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
3 Sandra Gal  Germany 71-70-74-74=289 +1 218,840
T4 Ilhee Lee  South Korea 72-71-77-70=290 +2 128,487
Shanshan Feng  China 74-74-71-71=290
Giulia Sergas  Italy 74-71-73-72=290
T7 Paula Creamer  United States 73-73-71-74=291 +3 94,736
Mika Miyazato  Japan 71-71-73-76=291
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
Suzann Pettersen  Norway 71-68-78-75=292

Source:[35]

Amateurs: Ko (+12), Talley (+13), Lee (+18).

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
2012 LPGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2012 Women's British Open

Coordinates: 43°43′34″N 87°46′26″W / 43.726°N 87.774°W / 43.726; -87.774