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2013 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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Dates  June 27–30, 2013
Course(s)  Sebonack Golf Club
Tour(s)  LPGA Tour
Location  Southampton, New York
Organized by  USGA
Par  72
2013 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

The 2013 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 68th U.S. Women's Open, held June 27–30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. It was first time the championship was played on Long Island and marked a return to the greater New York City area, which last hosted the U.S. Women's Open in 1987. Inbee Park won her second U.S. Women's Open title, four strokes ahead of runner-up I.K. Kim. It was Park's fourth major title and third consecutive in 2013. She is the first to win the opening three majors of a season since Babe Zaharias in 1950. The event was televised by ESPN and NBC Sports.


The U.S. Women's Open is the oldest of the five current major championships and was the third of the 2013 season. Along with The Evian Championship, it had the largest purse in women's golf in 2013, at $3.25 million. It is one of 16 individual or team championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

Qualifying and field

The championship was open to any female professional or amateur golfer with a USGA handicap index not exceeding 4.4. Players qualified by competing in one of twenty 36-hole qualifying tournaments that were held between May 7 and May 30 at sites across the United States. Additional players were exempt from qualifying because of past performances in professional or amateur tournaments around the world.

A record 1,420 entries were received for the championship, surpassing the previous record of 1,364 in 2012.

Exempt from qualifying

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 12 who qualify by more than one method are also denoted with the tour by which they qualified.

1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years (2003–2012)
Birdie Kim, Cristie Kerr (4,8,9,11,13,14), Inbee Park (5,7,8,9,10,11,13,14), Eun-Hee Ji (9), Paula Creamer (8,9,13,14), So Yeon Ryu (9,10,11,13,14), Na Yeon Choi (8,9,10,11,13,14)

  • Exempt but did not enter tournament: Hilary Lunke, Meg Mallon, Annika Sörenstam
  • 2. Winner and runner-up from the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur (must be an amateur)
    Lydia Ko (4,11,13,14) (winner). The runner-up, Jaye Marie Green, turned professional in August 2012 and was no longer exempt from qualifying. She attempted, and failed, to qualify at the Heathrow, Florida qualifying tournament on May 28.

    3. Winner of the 2013 British Ladies Amateur (must be an amateur)
    Georgia Hall (declined to participate)

    4. Winner of the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking) (must be an amateur)
    The winner, Lydia Ko, is already qualified in Category 2.

    5. Winners of the LPGA Championship for the last five years (2009–2013)
    Anna Nordqvist (9,14), Yani Tseng (6,7,9,10,13,14), Shanshan Feng (8,9, 12-LET,13,14)

    6. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open for the last five years (2008–2012)
    Jiyai Shin (9,10,11,13,14), Catriona Matthew (9,13,14)

    7. Winners of the Kraft Nabisco Championship for the last five years (2009–2013)
    Brittany Lincicome (9,13), Stacy Lewis (9,10,11,13,14), Sun Young Yoo (9)

    8. Ten lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place from the 2012 U.S. Women's Open Championship
    Amy Yang (9,13,14), Sandra Gal (9), Ilhee Lee (9,11), Giulia Sergas (9), Mika Miyazato (9,11,13,14), Se Ri Pak (9), Suzann Pettersen (9,10,11,13.14), Nicole Castrale (9)

    9. Top 70 money leaders from the 2012 final official LPGA money list
    Ai Miyazato (13,14), Azahara Muñoz (13,14), Karrie Webb (11,13,14), Angela Stanford (13,14), Chella Choi, Lexi Thompson (13), Hee Kyung Seo, Brittany Lang, I.K. Kim (10,13,14), Karine Icher (14), Candie Kung, Haeji Kang, Jenny Shin, Julieta Granada (12-LET), Beatriz Recari (10,11,14), Hee Young Park, Vicky Hurst, Katherine Hull-Kirk, Meena Lee, Jessica Korda, Natalie Gulbis, Karin Sjödin (withdrew), Mina Harigae, Morgan Pressel, Hee-Won Han, Katie Futcher, Gerina Piller, Lindsey Wright, Jennifer Johnson (11), Lizette Salas (10,13,14), Danielle Kang, Cindy LaCrosse, Pornanong Phatlum, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Caroline Hedwall, Momoko Ueda, Mi Jung Hur, Mariajo Uribe, Alison Walshe, Sydnee Michaels, Mo Martin, Michelle Wie, Sophie Gustafson, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Sarah Jane Smith, Belén Mozo, Jimin Kang (withdrew), Pernilla Lindberg

    10. Top 10 money leaders from the 2013 official LPGA money list, through the close of entries on May 1.
    All players already qualified in other categories.

    11. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2012 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open Championship
    All players already qualified in other categories.

    12. Top five money leaders from the 2012 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour

  • Japan LPGA Tour: Mi-Jeong Jeon (13,14) (declined to participate), Bo-Mee Lee (declined to participate), Chie Arimura, Sun-Ju Ahn (13) (declined to participate), Miki Saiki
  • Korea LPGA Tour: Heo Yoon-kyung, Kim Ha-Neul, Char Young Kim, Yang Je-yoon, Yang Soo-jin
  • Ladies European Tour: Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Masson, Carly Booth
  • 13. Top 25 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 25th place as of May 1, 2013
    Ariya Jutanugarn (13,14) (withdrew from tournament on June 25)

    14. Top 25 point leaders from the current Rolex Rankings and anyone tying for 25th place as of June 24, 2013
    All players already qualified in other categories.

    15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
    Juli Inkster


    Additional players qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women's Open through one of the sectional qualifying tournaments. At sites with multiple qualifiers, players are listed in order of qualifying scores, from lowest score to highest.

    May 7 at The Eldridge Club, Baltimore, Maryland
    Christina Kim, Irene Cho, Thidapa Suwannapura, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Taylore Karle, Nicole Jeray, Felicity Johnson, Paz Echeverria, Tiffany Joh, Janice Moodie, Stephanie Sherlock

    May 13 at Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
    Jane Park, Macarena Silva, Laura Diaz, Austin Ernst, Amelia Lewis, Kristy McPherson, Jennifer Rosales, Kris Tamulis

    May 13 at Mount Pleasant Country Club, Boylston, Massachusetts
    Becky Morgan

    May 13 at Butler Country Club, Butler, Pennsylvania
    Erica Herr (a), Rachel Rohanna

    May 14 at Cantigny Golf, Wheaton, Illinois
    Caroline Powers (a), Chelsea Harris

    May 15 at Oak Valley Golf Club, Beaumont, California
    Tiffany Lua (a), Gabriella Then (a), Stacey Keating

    May 20 at Arrowhead Country Club, Glendale, Arizona
    Alexandra Kaui (a), Elena Robles

    May 20 at Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, California
    Casie Cathrea (a), Emily Childs, Elizabeth Schultz (a)

    May 20 at Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Mariel Galdiano (a)

    May 20 at Waverley Country Club, Portland, Oregon
    Karinn Dickinson (a), Kelli Bowers (a)

    May 21 at The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas
    Katy Harris, Jessica Shepley, Christi Cano

    May 28 at Industry Hills Golf Club, City of Industry, California
    Mariah Stackhouse (a), Alice Kim, Aimee Cho (a)

    May 28 at Heathrow Country Club, Heathrow, Florida
    Lorie Kane, Yueer Feng (a), Caroline Westrup, Doris Chen (a)

    May 28 at Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
    Ayako Uehara, Kirby Dreher

    May 29 at Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Nicole Zhang (a), Sally Watson

    May 29 at Bear Lakes Country Club, West Palm Beach, Florida
    Nelly Korda (a), Shannon Aubert (a), Emily Tubert (a), Jackie Barenborg Stoelting

    May 30 at Algonquin Golf Club, St. Louis, Missouri
    Izzy Beisiegel, Megan Grehan

    May 30 at Carolina Trace Country Club, Sanford, North Carolina
    Patcharajutar Kongkraphan, Tiffany Tavee, Christine Song

    May 30 at Edgewood Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey
    Brooke Henderson (a), Annie Park (a), Kendra Little

    May 30 at Bent Tree Country Club, Dallas, Texas
    Jamie Hullett, Catherine Matranga, Kyung Kim (a)

    (a) denotes amateur

    Alternates added to field

    The following players were added to the field on June 10 when spots reserved for players qualifying in various categories, including 5, 10, 12, and 13, were not used.

  • Moira Dunn, the first alternate from the Heathrow, Florida qualifier
  • Ji Young Oh, the first alternate from the Baltimore qualifier
  • Brooke Pancake, the first alternate from the Atlanta qualifier
  • Karen Stupples, the second alternate from the Atlanta qualifier
  • Danah Bordner, the second alternate from the Baltimore qualifier, was added to the field on June 12 when Jimin Kang, who qualified in category 9, withdrew from the tournament.

    Ryann O'Toole, the first alternate from the Boylston, Massachusetts qualifier, was added to the field on June 24 when Karin Sjödin who qualified in category 9, withdrew from the tournament citing a shoulder injury.

    Christel Boeljon, the first alternate from the River Vale, New Jersey qualifier, was added to the field on June 24 when the space reserved for the winner of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship was not used because the winner, Inbee Park, had already qualified in multiple categories.

    Amy Meier, the first alternate from the St. Louis qualifier, Lindy Duncan, the first alternate from the West Palm Beach, Florida qualifier, and Mikayla Harmon, an amateur and the first alternate from the Glendale Arizona qualifier, were added to the field when Mi-Jeong Jang, Bo-Mee Lee, and Sun-Ju Ahn, who all qualified in category 12, declined to participate in the tournament.

    Hannah Suh, an amateur and the first alternate from the Daly City, California qualifier, was added to the field on June 25 when Ariya Jutanugarn, who qualified in category 13, withdrew with a shoulder injury.

    Course layout

    The front nine was slightly altered for the championship, starting at the members' second hole and concluding at the first. The back nine was unchanged.

    First round

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Kim Ha-Neul shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to lead by one stroke over Inbee Park. Park won the first two majors of the 2013 season, only Babe Zaharias in 1950 has won the first three majors in a season. Defending champion Na Yeon Choi shot 71 to tie for 17th.


    Second round

    Friday, June 28, 2013
    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    The second round was interrupted by fog on Friday afternoon with only 114 players completing their second rounds. Inbee Park, in the last group to finish Friday, was the clubhouse leader at 9-under-par.


    Third round

    Saturday, June 29, 2013


    Final round

    Sunday, June 30, 2013



    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    2013 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship Wikipedia

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