|Dates||June 29 – July 2, 1972|
|Location||Mamaroneck, New York|
|Course(s)||Winged Foot Golf Club,|
|Format||Stroke play – 72 holes|
|Length||6,226 yards (5,693 m)|
|Field||150 players, 53 after cut|
Susie Berning won the second of her three U.S. Women's Open titles, a stroke ahead of runners-up Kathy Ahern, Pam Barnett, and Judy Rankin. Berning opened with a 79 (+7) and started the final round at 228 (+12), four strokes behind 54-hole leader Barnett. Berning carded a one-under 71 for the third of her four major wins. Defending champion JoAnne Carner finished at 312 (+24), thirteen strokes back.
With a winner's share of $6,000, the 1972 edition was the first to exceed that of the inaugural championship in 1946, the only one conducted as a match play event. The course conditions at Winged Foot were soft, affected by the recent heavy rains of tropical storm Agnes, originally a hurricane. Two-time champion Louise Suggs made the cut at age 48.
Final leaderboard edit
Sunday, July 2, 1972
|Place||Player||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T6||Jane Booth (a)||79-75-78-72=304||+16||0|
|Carol Semple Thompson (a)||79-79-74-73=305||0|
- "Surprising Shirley tops women's golf". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 30, 1972. p. 23.
- "Pam Barnett's 75 takes Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 2, 1972. p. 1, sports.
- "Finishing 71 brings victory to Susie Maxwell Berning". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 3, 1972. p. 10.
- "Marriage great for new champ of Women's Open". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. July 3, 1972. p. 6.
- "Englehorn stays in front, but her lead falls to one". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 1, 1972. p. 5B.
- Golf Observer final leaderboard
- U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
- U.S. Women's Open – past champions – 1972