USGA: U.S. Women’s Open

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Field Set for Final Major Championship of 2020 Season

 

Nine champions will compete, while 42 players will make their U.S. Women’s Open debuts

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2020) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that the field for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship is complete with the addition of 28 players who earned their way into the championship through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. The final major championship of the 2020 golf season will be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The 156-player field for the championship is composed entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The historic 75th anniversary field boasts nine U.S. Women’s Open champions, while 42 players will be making their championship debuts in Houston. The field will also have seven Texas residents, including 2016 champion Brittany Lang, who grew up in McKinney.

 

The 28 players who gained entry via the Rolex Rankings are: Hae Ran Ryu, Sophia Popov, Ayaka Furue, Yuka Saso, Sakura Koiwai, Na Rin An, Song Yi Ahn, Erika Hara, Yuna Nishimura, Ji Hyun Kim, Anne van Dam, Alena Sharp, Lala Anai, Eri Okayama, Cristie Kerr, Pornanong Phatlum, Jun Min Lee, Ji Hun Oh, Emily Kirstine Pedersen, Mi Jeong Jeon, Maria Fernanda Torres, Bo Ah Kim, Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Ye Rim Choi, Asuka Kashiwabara, Sarah Schmelzel, and So Yi Kim.
Hae Ran Ryu won the Jeju Samdasoo Masters in 2019 to earn her LPGA of Korea Tour card and successfully defended her title in August. The 19-year-old also has two runner-up finishes among her six top-10s this year. She will be making her U.S. Women’s Open debut.

Popov will be making her second U.S. Women’s Open start. Since turning professional in 2014, Popov has mainly played on the Symetra Tour, but she earned three tournament wins on the Cactus Tour during the COVID-19 break before earning her first major victory at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon in August.

Kerr is one of the nine U.S. Women’s Open champions set to compete in Houston. The seasoned veteran earned her first major title in the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up. Kerr has 20 LPGA Tour wins, including a second major championship title at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2010. This is Kerr’s 22nd straight Women’s Open appearance, with seven top-10 finishes in addition to her victory.

The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in Rounds 1 and 2 along with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, the USGA announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying and on Oct. 21, the USGA announced that the championship would not have fans on-site due to health and safety concerns resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The championship began in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Michelle Wie.

The list of the 156 golfers who are in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open field (as of Tuesday, Nov. 17):

Marina Alex15
Brittany Altomare9, 15
Na Rin An20
a-Ho Yu An19
Lala Anai 20
Saki Asai  20
Seon Woo Bae 15 ,16
Ana Belac 14
Celine Boutier  2, 9, 15
Nicole Broch Larsen15
Ashleigh Buhai18
Chella Choi  15
Hye Jin Choi     15, 16
Ye Rim Choi20
In Gee Chun1, 7, 15
Carlota Ciganda9, 15
Cydney Clanton13
a-Allisen Corpuz19
Perrine Delacour13
a-Caterina Don19
Austin Ernst15
Jodi Ewart Shadoff13
Shanshan Feng9, 10, 15
Fatima Fernandez Cano   14
Ayaka Furue20
a-Amelia Garvey19
Kristen Gillman15
a-Linn Grant19
Hannah Green6, 9, 10, 15
Jaye Marie Green2
Georgia Hall8, 15
Jin Seon Han20
Erika Hara20
Mina Harigae13
Nasa Hataoka9, 15
Brooke Henderson6, 9, 10, 15
Esther Henseleit16
Mamiko Higa2, 15
Wei-Ling Hsu20
Charley Hull15
a-Lily May Humphreys19
Mi Jung Hur9, 10, 15
Mone Inami15
Nuria Iturrioz16
Janie Jackson14
Mi Jeong Jeon20
Eun-Hee Ji9, 15
Ariya Jutanugarn1, 8, 9, 15
Moriya Jutanugarn9, 15
Danielle Kang6, 9, 10, 15
Asuka Kashiwabara20
Minami Katsu15
Kim Kaufman14
Yui Kawamoto14
Cristie Kerr20
Megan Khang15
A Lim Kim15
a-Auston Kim19
Bo Ah Kim20
Ji Hyun Kim20
Ji Yeong2 Kim15
Sei Young Kim9, 10, 15
So Yi Kim20
a-Ina Kim-Schaad4
Frida Kinhult14
Katherine Kirk18
Cheyenne Knight10
Jin Young Ko5, 7, 9, 10, 15
Lydia Ko5, 7, 15
Nanna Koerstz Madsen15
Sakura Koiwai20
Jessica Korda2, 9, 15
Nelly Korda9, 10, 15
Jennifer Kupcho15
a-Agathe Laisne19
Brittany Lang1
Bronte Law9, 15
Andrea Lee13
Jung Min Lee20
Mi Hyang Lee15
Minjee Lee9, 15
Minyoung2 Lee15, 16
Mirim Lee5
Jeongeun Lee61, 2, 9, 15
Stacy Lewis13
Hee Jeong Lim15, 16
Xiyu Lin 13
Brittany Lincicome21
Pernilla Lindberg5
a-Ingrid Lindblad19
Gaby Lopez 9, 10, 15
Teresa Lu20
Meghan MacLaren16
a-Lucie Malchirand19
Caroline Masson9, 15
Ally McDonald2, 15
a-Olivia Mehaffey19
a-Emilia Migliaccio19
a-Benedetta Moresco19
Azahara Munoz19, 15
Yuna Nishimura20
a-Alessia Nobilio19
Yealimi Noh18
Anna Nordqvist 7
Su-Hyun Oh9, 15
Ji Hyun Oh20
Eri Okayama20
Amy Olson15
Ryann O’Toole20
Bianca Pagdanganan 18
Kaitlyn Papp19
Annie Park15
Hee Young Park10
Inbee Park1, 8, 9, 10, 15
Ji Young Park20
Sung Hyun Park1, 6, 9, 10, 15
Emily Kristine Pedersen20
Pornanong Phatlum20
Gerina Piller2
Sophia Popov20
Morgan Pressel15
Mel Reid18
a-Pauline Roussin-Bouchard19
a-Gabriela Ruffels3
Hae Ran Ryu20
So Yeon Ryu1, 2, 5, 15
Madelene Sagstrom10, 15
Lizette Salas9, 15
Yuka Saso20
Sarah Schmelzel20
Alena Sharp20
Hinako Shibuno8, 10, 15, 16
Jenny Shin18
Marianne Skarpnord16
Sarah Jane Smith21
Jennifer Song18
a-Emma Spitz19
Angela Stanford7
a-Maja Stark19
Lauren Stephenson18
Jasmine Suwannapura13
Kelly Tan13
Lexi Thompson2, 9, 10, 15
Maria Fernanda Torres 20
a-Emily Toy11
Momoko Ueda15
Anne van Dam20
a-Beatrice Wallin19
Lindsay Weaver13
Christine Wolf16
Jing Yan15
Amy Yang9, 15
a-Lei Ye4
Angel Yin2, 15
a-Rose Zhang19

 

 Bold – U.S. Women’s Open champion      a-amateur

 

The Key to Player Exemptions:

1. Winners of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship for the last 10 years (2010-2019)

2. From the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place

3.Winner of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

4. Winners of the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up (must be an amateur)

5. Winners of the ANA Inspiration Championship the last five years (2016-2020)

6. Winners of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (2016-2019)

7. Winners of the Evian Championship the last five years (2015-2019)

8. Winners of the AIG Women’s British Open Championship the last five years (2015-2019)

9. The top 30 points leaders from the 2019 LPGA Race to the CME Globe

10. Winners of LPGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship to the originally scheduled 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship (June 1-7)

11. Winner of the 2019 Women’s Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur)

12. Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®; must be an amateur)

13. From the 2020 official LPGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders, not otherwise exempt, through the close of entries (Nov. 11, 2020)

14. From the 2020 official Symetra Tour money list, the top five money leaders, not otherwise exempt, through the close of entries (Nov. 11, 2020)

15. From Week 11 (March 16, 2020) of the Rolex Rankings, the top 75 points leaders and ties

16. Top five Ladies European Tour (LET) members from the final 2019 LET Order of Merit and the top five money leaders from the final 2019 Japan LPGA and Korea LPGA Tours

17. Top three money leaders from the 2019 China LPGA Tour

18. The top two players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 NW Arkansas Championship, Cambria Portland Classic, ShopRite LPGA Classic, and the top three players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

19. From the Nov. 4, 2020 Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR®, the top 20 point leaders within the top 100 in the ranking who apply to play and are not otherwise exempt as of Nov. 4, 2020. (Must have filed an entry by Nov. 11, 2020 and still be an amateur)

20. Remaining spots in the championship field filled in order using the Rolex Rankings as of Nov. 9

21. Special exemptions as selected by the USGA

For more information, visit uswomensopen.com.

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