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1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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Dates  June 25–28, 1953
Organized by  USGA
Format  Stroke play – 72 holes
Location  Rochester, New York
Tour(s)  LPGA Tour
1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship
Course(s)  Country Club of Rochester

The 1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the eighth U.S. Women's Open, held June 25–28 at the Country Club of Rochester in Rochester, New York. It was the first U.S. Women's Open conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), and the final two rounds were played on Saturday.

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Betsy Rawls won an 18-hole playoff on Sunday by six strokes over runner-up Jackie Pung, 71 to 77. It was the third of eight major championships for Rawls and the second of four U.S. Women's Opens.

Patty Berg set a course record with a 71 on Thursday and was the 36-hole leader on Friday evening, eight strokes ahead of the field. Her final two rounds of 80 and 79 on Saturday dropped her to solo third, one stroke out of the playoff.

Notably absent was two-time champion Babe Zaharias, who was recovering from colon cancer surgery. She returned in 1954 and won by a record twelve strokes in her final U.S. Women's Open.

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 27, 1953

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Playoff

Sunday, June 28, 1953

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References

1953 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship Wikipedia


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