Se Ri Pak, whose 1998 U.S. Women’s Open victory is a seminal moment in the history of women’s golf, has received a special exemption from the United States Golf Association into the 71st U.S. Women’s Open Championship. The championship will be conducted July 7-10, 2016, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
“Without a doubt, Se Ri Pak’s 1998 U.S. Women’s Open victory revolutionized women’s golf and inspired scores of players from the Republic of Korea and around the world,” said Stuart Francis, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee. “Now in her final season, the USGA is proud to honor Se Ri and applaud her historic career. We look forward to celebrating with her when she and the world’s best players take on CordeValle in July.”
Pak’s special exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open was extended in honor of her lifelong dedication to the game and the indelible mark left by her success. In March, Pak announced her intention to retire following the 2016 professional season. She plans to return to Korea and serve as an ambassador for the game of golf.
"The U.S. Women's Open has a very special meaning in my career and life,” said Pak. “It has opened up the doors for all my dreams to come true. With that, I am very honored and pleased to be given this opportunity to participate for the last time before finishing up my playing career. I have learned so much. I will do all my best to give back the love and support I have received for the future of golf."