The 76th U.S. Women’s Open up is set to start off at famed Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, June 3rd. In this article are five storylines to abide by as the star-studded 156-participant area prepares to compete at the year’s next important championship.
Michelle Wie West’s main return
Wie West is one particular of the greatest stars in the women’s recreation, and anticipation is constantly sky-substantial each time she’s in the industry.
Back again in 2019, Wie West introduced that she was stepping absent from the match to get better from a lingering wrist personal injury. For the duration of her recuperation, she obtained married, did some broadcast function for Golf Channel and CBS and gave delivery to her first little one, daughter Makenna.
Wie West returned to competitiveness at the LPGA’s Kia Basic in March. She skipped the cut there, and at the two events she’s played considering the fact that. But potentially becoming shut to residence will deliver some constructive vibes. The Bay area is now house for Wie West. She lives in San Francisco and graduated from Stanford College, just 35 miles south. As a former U.S. Women’s Open champion, (Wie West won at Pinehurst in 2014), she can enjoy an exemption into the Open as a result of 2024 — and we cannot wait to enjoy her tee it up this 7 days.
Jessica and Nelly Korda and Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn have a very awesome accomplishment in popular: they are two of only a few sets of sisters who have won at the very least as soon as on the LPGA tour. (The other duo? Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam.)
All four ladies are in the discipline this 7 days, and while it looks like the Korda sisters are getting an edge in the race for sister dominance (each Nelly and Jessica claimed wins earlier this year, and are rated 4th and 12th in the entire world, respectively), Ariya produced a assertion with a gain at the Honda LPGA Thailand just a few months back.
Ariya, currently ranked 23rd in the earth (Moriya is 35th) also has two majors on her resume: the 2016 Women’s British Open, and the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open. So which pair of sisters will make the most important assertion this week? Time will explain to!
Inbee Park, winner of 7 main championships, reveals no signs of slowing down. The 32-year-outdated hasn’t gained a main due to the fact the 2015 RICOH Women’s British Open up, but has claimed four LPGA titles in the yrs considering the fact that — most not long ago at the Kia Vintage in March (that marked LPGA win No. 20 for Park). Majors — and especially the U.S. Women’s Open — appear to be to convey out the very best in her video game.
Not only has Park won two U.S. Women’s Opens (2008 and 2013), she’s finished in the leading 10 a whopping nine periods in 13 appearances considering that 2007. A win this week would mark U.S. Open No. 3 and big No. 8 — boosting her to No. 6 on the all-time big checklist, tied with Betsy Rawls. She’d also be a person action nearer to matching the all-time amount of U.S. Women’s Open wins: 4, a document held by both Rawls and Mickey Wright.
A resurgent star
Lydia Ko, onetime youngster phenom, has now come to be, at age 24, one particular of the best comeback stories in the planet of golf. Again in 2012, Ko took the LPGA Tour by storm. At the tender age of 15, she turned the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA Tour event when she claimed the title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open up. She was even now an beginner at the time, and productively defended her title the next calendar year, the moment once more, as an amateur.
Ko turned pro in 2014, and among 2014 and 2018 she received 13 times and ascended to Planet No. 1, a situation she held for 84 weeks, till June 2017. But then: wrestle. Products, caddie and coaching improvements. Ko was winless for just about a few a long time concerning May of 2018 and April of this year, when she at last broke as a result of and claimed the LOTTE Championship — her 16th occupation LPGA acquire. Considering the fact that then, she’s had two leading-11s in her last a few occasions — beneficial momentum for a player who is aware how to wield it.
The historic location
San Francisco’s Olympic Club has a very long record of web hosting USGA championships, but this will be the to start with U.S. Women’s Open at the illustrious club. The men’s Open up has visited a full of 5 situations, most just lately in 2012, when Webb Simpson captured the title. Since then, there’s been only one USGA championship played: the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four Ball.
Situated on a hillside overlooking Lake Merced, Olympic’s Lake Program is rated 54th on GOLF’s most current checklist of the Top rated 100 Courses in the U.S. Reputed as a study course that calls for shot-shaping, it’s guaranteed to be a stern — and visually amazing — test.