The U.S. Women's Open returns to Pine Needles for a fourth time, and first since Cristie Kerr walked away with the title in 2007. The Donald Ross design recently was the site of the 2nd U.S. Senior Women's Open in 2019, where Helen Alfredsson produced a memorable victory. Pine Needles also was the site where a 13-year-old Morgan Pressel made her U.S. Women's Open debut in 2001 and a 12-year-old Lexi Thompson followed in 2007. Annika Sorenstam registered the second of her three U.S. Women's Open titles here in 1996.
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U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN HISTORY
|1996||Annika Sorenstam||272 (-8)|
|2001||Karrie Webb||273 (-7)|
|2007||Cristie Kerr||279 (-5)|
A longtime venue for the PGA Tour's annual AT&T National Pro-Am and the site of six previous U.S. Opens, Pebble Beach Golf Links finally will host the premier women's major championship. Pebble last hosted the U.S. Open in 2019 when Gary Woodland held off Brooks Koepka, who was seeking a historic third consecutive title. Pebble also was the site of Tiger Woods' record-setting, 15-stroke victory in 2000 when he was the only competitor to break par, shooting a 12-under-par 272. In 1972, Jack Nicklaus hit a memorable 1-iron to the par-3 71st hole to secure the third of his four U.S. Open titles, and 10 years later, Tom Watson holed a chip on that very same hole from greenside rough to prevent Nicklaus from a record fifth U.S. Open title.
U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN HISTORY
|2015||In Gee Chun||272 (-8)|
Record crowds flocked to Lancaster Country Club in 2015 to witness a young Korean star have a breakout week. In Gee Chun rallied on the final day to edge countrywoman Amy Yang by one stroke. The William Flynn design proved to be a tremendous challenge for the game's top female golfers, and should once again provide a stern test. Chun was so beloved by the locals that she continues to come back to Lancaster C.C. to do a fundraiser for local charities. Lancaster C.C. also made her an honorary member.
A relative newcomer to championship golf, Erin Hills burst onto the scene in the early part of the 21st century by hosting three USGA championships. In fact, it was awarded the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links before it opened to the public. The daily-fee course then hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur, won by Kelly Kraft in a memorable duel over multi-PGA Tour winner Patrick Cantlay, and six years later, Brooks Koepka claimed the first of his two consecutive U.S. Open titles. A fourth USGA championship (U.S. Mid-Amateur) will be contested at Erin Hills in 2022 before the best females in the world take to the links-style layout just outside of Milwaukee.
Designed by George C. Thomas Jr. and William Bell, The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., opened in 1926. The 2026 U.S. Women's Open will be the club's fourth USGA championship. Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open Championships in 1948 at Riviera. The club, which was most recently redesigned in 1992 by the design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, also hosted the 1998 U.S. Senior Open won by Hale Irwin and the 2017 U.S. Amateur won by Colt Knost. It is also the annual site of a PGA Tour stop (Genesis Open).
Inverness Club is located in Toledo, Ohio, home of ProMedica, and has previously hosted eight USGA championships, including four U.S. Opens. Inverness was founded in 1903 and its current course was designed by Donald Ross in 1916. Among its historic moments, Inverness is where four-time champion Bob Jones first competed in a U.S. Open, and it most recently hosted the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur (Preston Summerhays) and the 2021 Solheim Cup won by Team Europe. The club will also host the 2029 U.S. Amateur. Andrew Green completed a restoration of the Ross design in 2018.
U.S. Women's Open History
|1992||Patty Sheehan||280 (-4)-72*|
|2010||Paula Creamer||281 (-3)|
*Won in playoff
Considered to be one of the sternest layouts in championship golf anywhere in the world, Oakmont will once again host the world's top female golfers. This will be the third U.S. Women's Open contested on the venerable western Pennsylvania layout, with Patty Sheehan (1992) and Paula Creamer (2010) previously prevailing here. Several memorable U.S. Opens have been staged on the William Fownes design, including Dustin Johnson's victory in 2016. Ben Hogan won here in 1953, the year he claimed three of the four major championships. Johnny Miller fired a historic final-round 63 at Oakmont to win the 1973 U.S. Open and Larry Nelson edged Tom Watson to take the 1983 U.S. Open. Arnold Palmer played his final U.S. Open here in 1994 when Ernie Els claimed the title in a playoff.
U.S. Women's Open History
|2014||Michelle Wie West||278 (-2)|
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club's Course No. 2, site of the 2024 and 2029 U.S. Open Championships, will host its second “back-to-back” championships in 2029. This will be the second U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, with Michelle Wie West earning her first major championship there in 2014. Pinehurst, which was named the Association’s first anchor site in September 2020, has hosted 10 USGA championships, and is set to host five additional U.S. Opens over the next 25 years. The last USGA championship contested at Pinehurst No. 2 was the 2019 U.S. Amateur, won by Andy Ogletree. Course No. 2 is one of the iconic designs by legendary architect Donald Ross. The course was restored to Ross' original intention by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw prior to the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open championships.
U.S. Women's Open History
|2008||Inbee Park||283 (-9)|
Interlachen will host its second U.S. Women’s Open and sixth USGA championship overall. The 2030 U.S. Women’s Open will be played on the 100th anniversary of Bob Jones’s U.S. Open victory at Interlachen, where his victory set the stage for Jones to secure the Grand Slam later in 1930 at Merion. The club has replica trophies of all four of Jones' major wins in 1930: the British Open, British Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. The club has also hosted the 1935 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the 1986 U.S. Senior Amateur, the 1993 Walker Cup and the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Inbee Park. Interlachen has retained Andrew Green to do restorative work to its Donald Ross design beginning in 2023. Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Geoffrey Cornish also have done work on the layout.
In 2031, Oakland Hills Country Club in suburban Detroit will host its 12th USGA championship and first U.S. Women’s Open. It will become the fifth club to have hosted a U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur, with Pebble Beach set to do so in 2023. The South Course, which has hosted six U.S. Opens, was designed by Donald Ross and opened in 1918. It was renovated by Robert Trent Jones (1950), Rees Jones (2006) and Gil Hanse (2021). It most recently hosted the 2016 U.S. Amateur, won by Curtis Luck. Steve Jones won the last U.S. Open at Oakland Hills in 2016. Jack Nickaus also won a U.S. Senior Open in 1991 in a playoff over Chi Chi Rodriguez. Oakland Hills also has hosted three PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup (2004).
While the men have staged several memorable U.S. Opens at Merion, the women have never had the opportunity to hold its marquee championship on this Main Line gem. Ben Hogan hit his famous 1-iron approach to the 72nd hole, a shot that was captured in the iconic photo by Hy Peskin. Eighteen months removed from a near-fatal automobile accident, Hogan prevailed in the 1950 U.S. Open in a playoff. Lee Trevino edged Jack Nicklaus in a 1971 playoff for the second of his two U.S. Open titles. In 2013, Justin Rose rallied past Phil Mickelson to take the championship. This was also the site where Bob Jones completed his 1930 Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Amateur.