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U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Nearly 1,600 Entries Accepted for 2021 U.S. Women's Open April 15, 2021 | Liberty Corner, N.J. By Julia Pine, USGA

2021 ANA Inspiration champ Patty Tavatanakit is among 74 players currently exempt for the 76th U.S. Women's Open. (Jeff Haynes/USGA)

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Eleven U.S. Women's Open champions and 24 of the top 25 players in the world are among those entered in the 76th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, which will be conducted by the USGA from June 3-6, 2021 at The Olympic Club (Lake Course) in San Francisco, Calif. Championship entries closed at 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 14. 

“Worldwide interest in competing in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship remains incredibly high and contributes to a strong and competitive field,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “We look forward to the return of qualifying, and to hosting the U.S. Women’s Open at such a historic venue as The Olympic Club.” 

This marks the seventh consecutive time the U.S. Women’s Open has received more than 1,500 entries, with the USGA accepting 1,595 entries for this year’s championship, the most since 2017. The 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club holds the entry record with 1,873. The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 47 states, 249 entrants from California among them, and a total of 57 countries. 

To be eligible for the U.S. Women’s Open, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4, or be a professional. Qualifying will be conducted over 36 holes between April 26-May 13 and will be held at 22 sites in the United States, as well as in Japan. Qualifiers typically held in England, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and exemption categories were added in their place.  

A Lim Kim, of the Republic of Korea, who won the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open just four months ago at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas, is one of 11 fully exempt U.S. Women’s Open champions. Kim is joined by Jeongeun Lee6 (2019), Ariya Jutanugarn (2018), Sung Hyun Park (2017), Brittany Lang (2016), In Gee Chun (2015), Michelle Wie West (2014), Inbee Park (2013, 2008), Na Yeon Choi (2012), So Yeon Ryu (2011) and Eun-Hee Ji (2009). 

The championship’s youngest entrant is 10-year-old Bella Campos, from Honolulu, Hawaii. She will compete at the qualifying site in Oahu, Hawaii on May 10. Laura Baugh, 65, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the 1971 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, is the championship's oldest entrant. She will attempt to qualify in Bradenton, Fla., on May 3.  

Two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion and three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Juli Inkster, 60, will attempt to qualify in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on April 26. Inkster has the most appearances (35) in U.S. Women’s Open history. 

Claire Chen, a 15-year-old amateur from Fremont, Calif., was the first to apply when entries opened on Feb. 17. The final entry came from Ali Green, a 26-year-old amateur from Norwood, Ohio, who filed four minutes before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline on April 14. 

Players still have several opportunities to gain a full exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open. The winner of any LPGA co-sponsored event prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open, including this week’s Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii, will earn an exemption into the championship field. Additionally, any player in the top 75 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Rankings as of May 17 who is not already exempt will be added to the field, as well as top finishers from the Ladies European Tour Investec South African Women’s Open. 

The following 74 golfers are fully exempt into the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open (as of April 15; (a) indicates amateur): 

 

Marina Alex 

Da Yeon Lee 

Brittany Altomare 

Minjee Lee 

Celine Boutier 

Mirim Lee 

Ashleigh Buhai 

Mi Hyang Lee 

Na Yeon Choi 

Jeongeun Lee6 

Hyejin Choi 

Stacy Lewis 

In Gee Chun 

Pernilla Lindberg 

Carlota Ciganda 

Yu Liu 

Austin Ernst 

Gaby Lopez 

Jodi Ewart Shadoff 

Nanna Madsen 

Ally Ewing 

Caroline Masson 

Shanshan Feng 

Yealimi Noh 

Kristen Gillman 

Anna Nordqvist 

Hannah Green 

Amy Olson 

Georgia Hall 

Kaitlyn Papp (a) 

Nasa Hataoka 

Sung Hyun Park 

Brooke Henderson 

Inbee Park 

Charley Hull 

Heeyoung Park 

Mijung Hur 

Emily Kristine Pedersen 

Eun-Hee Ji 

Sophia Popov 

Ariya Jutanugarn 

Melissa Reid 

Moriya Jutanugarn 

So Yeon Ryu 

Tsubasa Kajitani (a) 

Hae Ran Ryu 

Danielle Kang 

Madelene Sagstrom 

Megan Khang 

Lizette Salas 

A Lim Kim 

Yuka Saso 

In-Kyung Kim 

Hinako Shibuno 

Sei Young Kim 

Jennifer Song 

Hyo Joo Kim 

Angela Stanford 

Cheyenne Knight 

Jasmine Suwannapura 

Jin Young Ko 

Patty Tavatanakit 

Lydia Ko 

Lexi Thompson 

Jessica Korda 

Michelle Wie West 

Nelly Korda 

Amy Yang 

Aline Krauter (a) 

Ruoning Yin 

Jennifer Kupcho 

Angel Yin 

Brittany Lang 

Rose Zhang (a) 

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