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 Alex 15
Brittany Altomare 9, 15
Na Rin An 20
a-Ho Yu An 19
Lala Anai  20
Saki Asai   20
Seon Woo Bae  15 ,16
Ana Belac  14
Celine Boutier   2, 9, 15
Nicole Broch Larsen 15
Ashleigh Buhai 18
Chella Choi   15
Hye Jin Choi      15, 16
Ye Rim Choi 20
In Gee Chun 1, 7, 15
Carlota Ciganda 9, 15
Cydney Clanton 13
a-Allisen Corpuz 19
Perrine Delacour 13
a-Caterina Don 19
Austin Ernst 15
Jodi Ewart Shadoff 13
Shanshan Feng 9, 10, 15
Fatima Fernandez Cano    14
Ayaka Furue 20
a-Amelia Garvey 19
Kristen Gillman 15
a-Linn Grant 19
Hannah Green 6, 9, 10, 15
Jaye Marie Green 2
Georgia Hall 8, 15
Jin Seon Han 20
Erika Hara 20
Mina Harigae 13
Nasa Hataoka 9, 15
Brooke Henderson 6, 9, 10, 15
Esther Henseleit 16
Mamiko Higa 2, 15
Wei-Ling Hsu 20
Charley Hull 15
a-Lily May Humphreys 19
Mi Jung Hur 9, 10, 15
Mone Inami 15
Nuria Iturrioz 16
Janie Jackson 14
Mi Jeong Jeon 20
Eun-Hee Ji 9, 15
Ariya Jutanugarn 1, 8, 9, 15
Moriya Jutanugarn 9, 15
Danielle Kang 6, 9, 10, 15
Asuka Kashiwabara 20
Minami Katsu 15
Kim Kaufman 14
Yui Kawamoto 14
Cristie Kerr 20
Megan Khang 15
A Lim Kim 15
a-Auston Kim 19
Bo Ah Kim 20
Ji Hyun Kim 20
Ji Yeong2 Kim 15
Sei Young Kim 9, 10, 15
So Yi Kim 20
a-Ina Kim-Schaad 4
Frida Kinhult 14
Katherine Kirk 18
Cheyenne Knight 10
Jin Young Ko 5, 7, 9, 10, 15
Lydia Ko 5, 7, 15
Nanna Koerstz Madsen 15
Sakura Koiwai 20
Jessica Korda 2, 9, 15
Nelly Korda 9, 10, 15
Jennifer Kupcho 15
a-Agathe Laisne 19
Brittany Lang 1
Bronte Law 9, 15
Andrea Lee 13
Jung Min Lee 20
Mi Hyang Lee 15
Minjee Lee 9, 15
Minyoung2 Lee 15, 16
Mirim Lee 5
Jeongeun Lee6 1, 2, 9, 15
Stacy Lewis 13
Hee Jeong Lim 15, 16
Xiyu Lin  13
Brittany Lincicome 21
Pernilla Lindberg 5
a-Ingrid Lindblad 19
Gaby Lopez  9, 10, 15
Teresa Lu 20
Meghan MacLaren 16
a-Lucie Malchirand 19
Caroline Masson 9, 15
Ally McDonald 2, 15
a-Olivia Mehaffey 19
a-Emilia Migliaccio 19
a-Benedetta Moresco 19
Azahara Munoz 19, 15
Yuna Nishimura 20
a-Alessia Nobilio 19
Yealimi Noh 18
Anna Nordqvist  7
Su-Hyun Oh 9, 15
Ji Hyun Oh 20
Eri Okayama 20
Amy Olson 15
Ryann O’Toole 20
Bianca Pagdanganan  18
Kaitlyn Papp 19
Annie Park 15
Hee Young Park 10
Inbee Park 1, 8, 9, 10, 15
Ji Young Park 20
Sung Hyun Park 1, 6, 9, 10, 15
Emily Kristine Pedersen 20
Pornanong Phatlum 20
Gerina Piller 2
Sophia Popov 20
Morgan Pressel 15
Mel Reid 18
a-Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 19
a-Gabriela Ruffels 3
Hae Ran Ryu 20
So Yeon Ryu 1, 2, 5, 15
Madelene Sagstrom 10, 15
Lizette Salas 9, 15
Yuka Saso 20
Sarah Schmelzel 20
Alena Sharp 20
Hinako Shibuno 8, 10, 15, 16
Jenny Shin 18
Marianne Skarpnord 16
Sarah Jane Smith 21
Jennifer Song 18
a-Emma Spitz 19
Angela Stanford 7
a-Maja Stark 19
Lauren Stephenson 18
Jasmine Suwannapura 13
Kelly Tan 13
Lexi Thompson 2, 9, 10, 15
Maria Fernanda Torres  20
a-Emily Toy 11
Momoko Ueda 15
Anne van Dam 20
a-Beatrice Wallin 19
Lindsay Weaver 13
Christine Wolf 16
Jing Yan 15
Amy Yang 9, 15
a-Lei Ye 4
Angel Yin 2, 15
a-Rose Zhang 19

 

 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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