2019 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
|Dates||May 30 – June 2, 2019|
|Location||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Course(s)||Country Club of Charleston|
|Field||156 players, 70 after cut|
|Prize fund||$5.5 million|
The U.S. Women's Open is the oldest of the five current major championships and the second of the 2019 season. It has the largest purse in women's golf at $5.5 million. The tournament will be televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports.
Qualifying and fieldEdit
The championship is open to any female professional or amateur golfer with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 2.4. Players qualify by competing in one of 24 36-hole qualifying tournaments held at sites across the United States and at international sites in China, England, Japan, and South Korea. Additional players are exempt from qualifying because of past performances in professional or amateur tournaments around the world.
Exempt from qualifyingEdit
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 15 who qualified in other categories are denoted with the tour by which they qualified.
1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years (2009–2018)
Choi Na-yeon, Chun In-gee (10,12,14,17,18), Paula Creamer, Ji Eun-hee (12,13,14,17,18), Ariya Jutanugarn (8,11,12,14,17,18), Brittany Lang, Park Sung-hyun (7,12,13,14,17,18), Inbee Park (7,8,11,12,17,18), Ryu So-yeon (9,12,14,17,18)
2. Winners from the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Senior Women's Open
- Helen Alfredsson did not play.
4. Winner of the 2018 British Ladies Amateur (must be an amateur)
Leonie Harm (a)
5. Winner of the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking) (must be an amateur)
Jennifer Kupcho (6) forfeited her exemption by turning professional before the start of the tournament. She chose to forfeit after qualifying for the tournament via regional qualifying on April 29.
6. Winner of the 2019 Augusta National Women's Amateur (must be an amateur)
7. Winners of the Women's PGA Championship for the last five years (2015–2018)
8. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open for the last five years (2014–2018)
Georgia Hall (12,14,15–LET,17,18)
9. Winners of the ANA Inspiration for the last five years (2015–2019)
10. Winners of the Evian Championship for the last five years (2014–2018)
11. Ten lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place from the 2018 U.S. Women's Open
Carlota Ciganda (12,13,17,18), Nasa Hataoka (12,13,14,17,18), Wei-Ling Hsu (12), Charley Hull (12,17,18), Megan Khang (12), Kim Ji-hyun, Nelly Korda (12,13,14,17,18), Patty Tavatanakit, Lexi Thompson (12,14,17,18)
12. Top 75 money leaders from the 2018 final official LPGA money list
Marina Alex (14,17,18), Brittany Altomare (17), Aditi Ashok, Céline Boutier (14), Ashleigh Buhai, Pei-Yun Chien, Chella Choi, Jacqui Concolino, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst (17,18), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (17), Shanshan Feng (17,18), Sandra Gal, Hannah Green, Jaye Marie Green, Moriya Jutanugarn (17,18), Haeji Kang, Cristie Kerr (17,18), Kim Sei-young (14,17,18), Katherine Kirk, Jessica Korda (17,18), Bronte Law (14,18), Lee Jeong-eun, Lee Mi-hyang (13,17,18), Mirim Lee, Minjee Lee (13,14,17,18), Yu Liu (17,18), Gaby López (14,18), Caroline Masson (17,18), Ally McDonald, Azahara Muñoz (13,17,18), Su-Hyun Oh, Amy Olson (17,18), Ryann O'Toole, Annie Park (14,18), Jane Park, Pornanong Phatlum, Lizette Salas (17,18), Jenny Shin (17,18), Jennifer Song, Mariah Stackhouse, Thidapa Suwannapura (14), Emma Talley, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, Ayako Uehara, Amy Yang (13,14,17,18), Angel Yin (17,18), Sakura Yokomine
13. Top 10 money leaders from the 2019 official LPGA money list, through the close of entries on April 17
14. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2018 U.S. Women's Open to the initiation of the 2019 U.S. Women's Open
Jenny Haglund (LET), Caroline Hedwall (LET), Mamiko Higa (JLPGA,17,18), Sarah Kemp (LET), Lee Jeong-eun (KLPGA,17,18), Misuzu Narita (JLPGA), Jiyai Shin (JLPGA,17,18), Ai Suzuki (JLPGA,17,18), Anne Van Dam (LET)
- Ahn Sun-ju (JLPGA,17,18), Bae Seon-woo (KLPGA,17,18), Choi Hye-jin (KLPGA,17,18), Lee So-young (KLPGA), and Oh Ji-hyun (KLPGA,17) did not play.
16. Top three money leaders from the 2018 China LPGA Tour
17. Top 50 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 50th place as of April 17
18. Top 50 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 50th place as of May 27
19. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
Apr 22 at Ohtone Country Club, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Apr 25 at Dream Park Country Club, Incheon, South Korea
Apr 29 at Contra Costa Country Club, Pleasant Hill, California
Apr 29 at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe, California
Apr 29 at Country Club of Ocala, Ocala, Florida
Apr 29 at Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 30 at Springfield Golf & Country Club, Springfield, Virginia
May 2 at Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas
May 6 at Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
May 6 at Marin Country Club, Novato, California
May 6 at Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, Westminster, Colorado
May 6 at Bradenton Country Club, Bradenton, Florida
May 6 at The Wanderers Club, Wellington, Florida
May 6 at Oahu Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 6 at Elgin Country Club, Elgin, Illinois
- Celeste Dao (a)
May 6 at Chartiers Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 7 at Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove, Minnesota
(a) denotes amateur
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (62)||South America (1)||Europe (28)||Oceana (8)||Asia (56)||Africa (1)|
|Canada (4)||Argentina (1)||England (7)||Australia (7)||China (4)||South Africa (1)|
|Mexico (3)||Northern Ireland (1)||New Zealand (1)||Hong Kong (1)|
|Puerto Rico (1)||Ireland (1)||India (1)|
|United States (54)||Denmark (1)||Japan (13)|
|France (2)||South Korea (22)|
|Germany (4)||Philippines (2)|
|Iceland (1)||Taiwan (3)|
|Italy (1)||Thailand (10)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||2011||71||68||71||70||280||−4||T2|
|Park Sung-hyun||South Korea||2017||71||69||71||72||283||−1||T12|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||2008, 2013||70||70||75||69||284||E||T16|
|Ji Eun-hee||South Korea||2009||72||72||71||74||289||+5||T39|
|Brittany Lang||United States||2016||76||69||74||75||294||+10||T68|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Paula Creamer||United States||2010||73||73||146||+4|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||2007||76||74||150||+8|
|Karrie Webb||Australia||2000, 2001||77||73||150||+8|
|Chun In-gee||South Korea||2015||74||79||153||+11|
|Choi Na-yeon||South Korea||2012||74||80||154||+12|
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Mamiko Higa, playing in her first U.S. Women's Open, shot a 6-under-par 65 to take a one stroke lead over Esther Henseleit and amateur Gina Kim. Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn and world number 1 Ko Jin-young were seven strokes back after rounds of 72.
|Gina Kim (a)||United States|
|T5||Kim Sei-young||South Korea||68||−3|
|Jessica Korda||United States|
|Nelly Korda||United States|
|Andrea Lee (a)||United States|
|Jenny Shin||South Korea|
Friday, May 31, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
A two-hour weather delay meant that the second round could not be completed on Friday. 45 players completed their second rounds on Saturday morning. Mamiko Higa shot an even-par 71 to maintain a one-stroke lead over Céline Boutier and Jessica Korda.
|Jessica Korda||United States||69-68=137|
|4||Gina Kim (a)||United States||66-72=138||−4|
|T5||Jaye Marie Green||United States||71-68=139||−3|
|Kim Sei-young||South Korea||68-71=139|
|Lee Jeong-eun||South Korea||70-69=139|
|Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||71-68=139|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||70-69=139|
|T10||Nelly Korda||United States||69-71=140||−2|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||70-70=140|
|Park Sung-hyun||South Korea||71-69=140|
|Gerina Piller||United States||70-70=140|
|Angel Yin||United States||72-68=140|
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Céline Boutier and Yu Liu, former teammates at Duke University, shared the lead after the third round. They were one stroke ahead of first and second round leader Mamiko Higa, Jaye Marie Green, and Lexi Thompson.
|T3||Jaye Marie Green||United States||71-68-68=207||−6|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||70-69-68=207|
|6||Lee Jeong-eun||South Korea||70-69-69=208||−5|
|T7||Jessica Korda||United States||69-68-72=209||−4|
|Nanna Koerstz Madsen||Denmark||73-71-66=210|
|Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||71-68-71=210|
Sunday, June 2, 2019
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Lee Jeong-eun||South Korea||70-69-69-70=278||−6||1,000,000|
|T2||Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||71-68-71-70=280||−4||412,168|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||70-69-68-73=280|
|Angel Yin||United States||72-68-72-68=280|
|Jaye Marie Green||United States||71-68-68-74=281|
|Gerina Piller||United States||70-70-73-68=281|
|T10||Jessica Korda||United States||69-68-72-73=282||−2||125,518|
|Ally McDonald||United States||72-72-67-71=282|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey
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