|Dates||July 8–11, 2010|
|Course(s)||Oakmont Country Club|
|Length||6,568 yards (6,006 m)|
|Field||156 players, 68 after cut|
|Prize fund||$3.25 million|
The 2010 United States Women's Open Golf Championship was the 65th U.S. Women's Open, played July 8–11 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. Paula Creamer, in her fourth tournament after surgery to her left thumb, won her first major championship, four shots ahead of runners-up Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.
It was the second U.S. Women's Open, and 15th overall USGA championship (8 U.S. Open and 5 U.S. Amateur championships also; a 16th has since been hosted) held at Oakmont, which hosted 18 years earlier in 1992; Patty Sheehan won that year, in an 18-hole playoff over Juli Inkster. The Tournament was televised by ESPN and NBC Sports.
Qualifying and field
For the first time since 2001, qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place in a single sectional qualifying tournament stage, rather than in a two-stage process of local and sectional qualifying tournaments. Twenty separate sectional qualifying tournaments took place from May 2 through June 3 in 16 states across the United States.
Exempt from qualifying
Players in eleven categories were exempt from qualifying. Players are listed only once in the first category in which they qualify, with additional categories in parentheses ( ) next to their names. Golfers qualifying in Category 10 who qualify by more than one method are also denoted with the tour by which they qualified.
1. Winners of the U.S. Women's Open for the last ten years (2000–2009)
Juli Inkster, Eun-Hee Ji (6,7), Cristie Kerr (3,6,7,8,9), Birdie Kim, Hilary Lunke, Inbee Park (7,8), Karrie Webb (5,7)
(Eligible but not playing: Annika Sörenstam1 and Meg Mallon3) Kim and Lunke did not play.
2. Winner and runner-up from the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
(The winner, Jennifer Song, turned professional on June 17, 2010 and lost her exemption in this category. She remains exempt in Category 6 below.)
4. Winners of the Ricoh Women's British Open for the last five years
Jeong Jang, Catriona Matthew (7,9,10–LET), Jiyai Shin (6,7,8,9), Sherri Steinhauer
(Eligible but not playing: Lorena Ochoa1 (5,7,8,9))
6. From the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship, the 15 lowest scores and anyone tying for 15th place
Sun Ju Ahn (10–Korea), Kyeong Bae (7), Na Yeon Choi (7,9), Paula Creamer (7), In-Kyung Kim (7), Song-Hee Kim (7,8), Candie Kung (7), Ai Miyazato (7,8,9), Hee Young Park (7), Morgan Pressel (7), Jennifer Song
7. From the 2009 final official LPGA money list, the top 50 money leaders
Helen Alfredsson, Meaghan Francella, Sandra Gal, Natalie Gulbis, Sophie Gustafson (9,10–LET), Hee-Won Han, Maria Hjorth, Katherine Hull, M. J. Hur (9), Pat Hurst, Vicky Hurst, Christina Kim, Brittany Lang, Jee Young Lee, Meena Lee, Seon Hwa Lee, Stacy Lewis (8), Mika Miyazato, Ji Young Oh, Michele Redman, Angela Stanford, Momoko Ueda, Wendy Ward, Michelle Wie (8,9), Lindsey Wright, Amy Yang, Eunjung Yi, Sun Young Yoo
8. From the 2010 official LPGA money list, the top 10 money leaders through the close of entries on May 5
9. Winners of LPGA co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship to the initiation of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open Championship
Bo Bae Song2
10. Top five money leaders from the 2009 Japan LPGA Tour, Korea LPGA Tour, and Ladies European Tour
Japan LPGA Tour: Sakura Yokomine, Shinobu Moromizato, Chie Arimura, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Yuko Mitsuka, Korea LPGA Tour: Hee Kyung Seo, So Yeon Ryu, Bo-Mee Lee, Jeong-Eun Lee Ladies European Tour: Becky Brewerton, Tania Elósegui, Marianne Skarpnord
11. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
1Both Sörenstam and Ochoa have announced their retirement, but are officially listed by the LPGA as "inactive".
2Bo Bae Song was not an LPGA Tour member when she won the Mizuno Classic in 2009. This means that her victory and prize money are not included in LPGA career statistics. However, since the Mizuno Classic is sanctioned by the LPGA as an official money event, Song's victory is considered "official" for purposes of U.S. Women's Open entry.
3Mallon announced her retirement from competitive golf on July 7, 2010 and withdrew from the tournament. She was replaced by alternate Nicole Vandermade.
The following players qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open through one of the sectional qualifying tournaments. At sites with multiple qualifiers, players are listed in order of qualifying scores, from lowest score to highest.
May 17 at White Bear Yacht Club, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
May 24 at Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Maryland
Chella Choi, Karine Icher, Pornanong Phatlum, Hye Jung Choi, Laura Diaz, Meredith Duncan, Alison Walshe, Julieta Granada, Alena Sharp, Shanshan Feng, Jung Yeon Lee, Louise Friberg
May 26 at Tumble Creek Club, Roslyn, Washington
May 30 at Hoakalei Country Club, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
June 1 at Industry Hills Golf Club, City of Industry, California
Giulia Sergas, Kaitlin Drolson, Belen Mozo, Stephanie Kono, Sun Gyoung Park, Ariya Jutanugarn, Charlotte Mayorkas, Tamie Durdin, Danielle Kang, Lizette Salas, Anna Rawson
- Courtney Ellenbogen – the first alternate from the Sanford, North Carolina qualifier with a score of 77-68=145 was added to the field when the last three winners on the LPGA Tour—Meaghan Francella, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr—already had qualified for the tournament, opening up additional spots.
- Nicole Vandermade – replaced Meg Mallon who announced her retirement from golf and withdrew from the tournament on July 7. Vandermade was the first alternate from the Richmond, Texas qualifier with a score of 74-71=145.
- Sara-Maude Juneau – replaced Chie Arimura. Juneau was the first alternate from the St. Louis qualifier with a score of 75-71=146.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||2008||70||78||73||68||289||+5||T8|
|Karrie Webb||Australia||2000, 2001||74||72||73||74||293||+9||T17|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||2007||72||71||75||75||293|
|Eun-Hee Ji||South Korea||2009||77||75||74||75||299||+15||T39|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Juli Inkster||United States||1999, 2002||77||76||153||+11|
|Se Ri Pak||South Korea||1998||77||78||155||+13|
Lengths of the course for previous U.S. Women's Opens:
- 1992: 6,312 yards (5,772 m), par 71
Note: The 9th hole is par 5 for women only in USGA championships. For men's majors, it is a par 4.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
|1||Brittany Lang||United States||69||−2|
|T2||M. J. Hur||South Korea||70||−1|
|Inbee Park||South Korea||70|
|Kelli Shean (a)||South Africa||70|
|Amy Yang||South Korea||70|
|T8||Shi Hyun Ahn||South Korea||72||+1|
|Paula Creamer||United States||72|
|Vicky Hurst||United States||72|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||72|
|Christina Kim||United States||72|
|Song-Hee Kim||South Korea||72|
|Jeong Eun Lee||South Korea||72|
|Jee Young Lee||South Korea||72|
|Kristy McPherson||United States||72|
|Hee-Kyung Seo||South Korea||72|
|Wendy Ward||United States||72|
Friday, July 9, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Weather interrupted play on Friday afternoon, and the round was concluded Saturday.
|T1||Paula Creamer||United States||72-70=142||E|
|T3||Cristie Kerr||United States||72-71=143||+1|
|Brittany Lang||United States||69-74=143|
|Christina Kim||United States||72-72=144|
|Jeong Jang||South Korea||73-72=145|
|I.K. Kim||South Korea||74-71=145|
|Stacy Lewis||United States||75-70=145|
|Angela Stanford||United States||73-72=145|
|Wendy Ward||United States||72-73=145|
|Amy Yang||South Korea||70-75=145|
- The 36-hole cut was at 152 (+10) or better; 68 of the 156 players advanced to the third and fourth rounds, including six amateurs.
Amateurs (a): Shean (+7), McCloskey (+8), Johnson (+9), Kang (+10), Lim (+10), Wong (+10), Watson (+11), Kono (+12), Changkija (+14), Gulyanamitta (+14), Salas (+14), Zhang (+14), Ellenbogen (+15), Korda (+15), Tanco (+16), Fellows (+17), Jutanugarn (+17), Kirby (+17), Park (+17), Juneau (+18), Murcia Ortiz (+18), Altomare (+19), Lee-Bentham (+20), Drolson (+22), Feng (+22), Then (+23), Lee (+24), Vandermade (+24), Green (+29).
Saturday, July 10, 2011
|1||Paula Creamer||United States||72-70-70=212||−1|
|2||Wendy Ward||United States||72-73-70=215||+2|
|T3||Amy Yang||South Korea||70-75-71=216||+3|
|Christina Kim||United States||72-72-72=216|
|6||Lexi Thompson||United States||73-74-70=217||+4|
|T7||Natalie Gulbis||United States||73-73-72=218||+5|
|I.K. Kim||South Korea||74-71-73=218|
|Cristie Kerr||United States||72-71-75=218|
|Brittany Lang||United States||69-74-75=218|
Sunday, July 11, 2010
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Paula Creamer||United States||72-70-70-69=281||−3||585,000|
|T2||Na Yeon Choi||South Korea||75-72-72-66=285||+1||248,468|
|4||I.K. Kim||South Korea||74-71-73-68=286||+2||152,565|
|T5||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||76-71-72-68=287||+3||110,481|
|Brittany Lang||United States||69-74-75-69=287|
|Amy Yang||South Korea||70-75-71-71=287|
|T8||Inbee Park||South Korea||70-78-73-68=289||+5||87,202|
|Christina Kim||United States||72-72-72-73=289|
|Lexi Thompson||United States||73-74-70-73=290|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
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|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
2010 Women's British Open