U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
Currently Exempt Players for 77th U.S. Women's Open November 16, 2021 | Liberty Corner, N.J.

Jeungeun Lee6 is one of 10 U.S. Women's Open champions currently exempt for the 2022 championship at Pine Needles. (Chris Keane/USGA)

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The list of exempt players for the 77th U.S. Women's Open Championship, which will be conducted June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Resort in Southern Pines, N.C. BOLD denotes a first time a player is listed and (a) indicates an amateur.  

S-1. Winners of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship for the last 10 years (2012-2021).

Na Yeon Choi (2012)
Inbee Park (2013)
Michelle Wie (2014)
In Gee Chun (2015)
Brittany Lang (2016)
Sung Hyun Park (2017)
Ariya Jutanugarn (2018)
Jeongeun Lee6 (2019)
A Lim Kim (2020)
Yuka Saso (2021)

S-2. From the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place.

Yuka Saso
Nasa Hataoka
Lexi Thompson
Megan Khang
Shanshan Feng

Angel Yin
Xiyu Lin
Jin Young Ko
Ariya Jutanugarn
Brooke Henderson
Inbee Park

S-3. Winner of the 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

Annika Sorenstam

S-4. Winner of the 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Jensen Castle (a)

S-5. Winners of the 2021 U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships and the 2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship runner-up (must be an amateur).

Rose Zhang (a): 2021 U.S. Girls' Junior
Blakesly Brock (a): U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur
You-Chiang (Vivian) Hou (a): 2021 U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up

S-6. Winners of the ANA Inspiration Championship (2018-2022).

Pernilla Lindberg (2018)
Jin Young Ko (2019)
Mirim Lee (2020)
Patty Tavatanakit (2021)
2022 champion

S-7. Winners of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (2018-2021).

Sung Hyun Park (2018)
Hannah Green (2019)
Sei Young Kim (2020)
Nelly Korda (2021)

S-8. Winners of the Evian Championship (2017-2021).

Anna Nordqvist (2017)
Angela Stanford (2018)

Jin Young Ko (2019)
No Championship in 2020 due to COVID-19
Minjee Lee (2021)

S-9. Winners of the AIG Women’s British Open Championship the last five years (2017-2021).

In-Kyung Kim (2017)
Georgia Hall (2018)
Hinako Shibuno
(2019)
Sophia Popov (2020)
Anna Nordqvist (2021)

S-10. The top 30 point leaders from the 2021 LPGA Race to the CME Globe Final Points. (Final points as of the Monday preceding the CME Group Tour Championship)

Jin Young Ko
Nelly Korda
Lydia Ko
Patty Tavatanakit
Inbee Park
Ariya Jutanugarn
Lexi Thompson
Brooke Henderson
Minjee Lee
Nasa Hataoka
Sei Young Kim
Danielle Kang
Jessica Korda
Moriya Jutanugarn
Jeongeun Lee6
Yuka Saso
Leona Maguire
Celine Boutier
Lizette Salas
Hyo Joo Kim
Pajaree Anannarukarn
So Yeon Ryu
Ally Ewing
Anna Nordqvist
In Gee Chun
Jennifer Kupcho
Matilda Castren
Hannah Green
Georgia Hall
Austin Ernst

S-11. Winners of individual LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open Championship to the initiation of the 2022 U.S. Women’s Open Championship. Only events that award a full point allocation for the Race to the CME Globe are considered. (Note: The USGA will file blank entries for players who become exempt after the close of entries).

Matilda Castren (LPGA Mediheal Championship)
Nelly Korda (Meier LPGA Classic)
Nelly Korda (KPMG Women's PGA Championship)
Jin Young Ko (Volunteers of America Classic)
Nasa Hataoka (Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana)
Minjee Lee (The Amundi Evian Championship)
Pajaree Anannarukarn (ISPS Handa World Invitational)
Ryann O'Toole (Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open)
Anna Nordqvist (AIG Women's British Open)
Jin Young Ko (Cambia Portland Classic)
Nasa Hataoka (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship)
Celine Boutier (ShopRite Classic)
Jin Young Ko (Cognizant Founders Cup)
Jin Young Ko (BMW Ladies Championship)
Nelly Korda (Pelican Women's Championship)
Jin Young Ko (CME Group Tour Championship)

S-12. Winner of the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship (must be an amateur).

Event scheduled March 30-April 2

S-13. Winner of the 2021 Women’s Amateur Championship staged by The R&A (must be an amateur).

Louise Duncan (a)

S-14. Winner of the 2021 Mark H. McCormack Medal (No. 1 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking; must be an amateur):

Rose Zhang (a)

S-15. From the 2021 Race to CME Globe, the top 10 point leaders through the close of entries on April 13, 2022. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Must have filed an entry by April 13, 2022.)

Determined April 13, 2022

S-16. From the current Rolex Rankings, the top 75 point leaders and anyone tying for 75th place as of April 13, 2022. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Must have filed an entry by April 13, 2022.)

Determined April 13, 2022

S-17. From the current Rolex Rankings, the top 75 point leaders and anyone tying for 75th place as of May 16, 2022 (if not previously exempt). Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Note: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries.)

Determined May 16, 2022

S-18. Winner of the 2020 Olympic Gold Medal, contested August 4-7, 2021.

Nelly Korda

S-20. Special exemptions selected by the USGA. Must have filed an entry by April 13, 2022.  Deadline for submission of request: April 13, 2022. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (NOTE: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries.)