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DATES: Thursday, July 5th through Sunday, July 8th
SITE: Blackwolf Run (Championship Course), Kohler, Wisconsin
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,954
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 348 yds10 - Par 5 564 yds
2 - Par 5 522 yds11 - Par 4 375 yds
3 - Par 4 455 yds12 - Par 4 447 yds
4 - Par 4 341 yds13 - Par 3 195 Yds
5 - Par 4 409 yds14 - Par 4 342 yds
6 - Par 3 200 yds15 - Par 4 372 yds
7 - Par 5 590 yds16 - Par 5 602 yds
8 - Par 3 180 yds17 - Par 3 172 yds
9 - Par 4 395 yds18 - Par 4 445 yds
36 3,440 yds36 3,514 yds
Annual:  67th
Television:  ESPN2 - Thursday/Friday -- 4-8 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  So Yeon Ryu
Runner-Up:  Hee Kyung Seo
Tournament Record:  272 (Annika Sorenstam, 1996 - Pine Needles - Par 70)
Tournament Record:  274 (Alison Nicholas, 1997 - Pumpkin Ridge GC - Par 71;
  Meg Mallon, 2004 - Orchards Golf Club - Par 71)
Tournament Record:  272 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old Waverly GC - Par 72)
54-Hole Record:  201 (Juli Inkster, 1999 - Old Waverly GC)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golf and CC)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Helen Alfredsson, 1994 - Indianwood Golf and CC)
9-Hole Record:  30 (Pamela Wright, 1994 - Indianwood Golf and CC;
  Juli Inkster, 1997 - Pumpkin Ridge GC;
  Raquel Carriedo, 2002 - Prairie Dunes CC;
  Brittany Lincicome (a), 2004 - Orchards Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $3,250,000
Shares:  1st Place - $585,000; 2nd Place - $350,000; 3rd-Place - $215,493
2011 Finish
So Yeon Ryu *281Karrie Webb286
Hee Kyung Seo281Ai Miyazato286
Cristie Kerr283Inbee Park286
Angela Stanford284Ryan O'Toole287
Mika Miyazato285Three players at288

* - Won in Playoff

Past U.S. Women's Open Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up (Site)
2011*So Yeon Ryu (281) -- Hee Kyung Seo
(The Broadmoor, East Course, Colorado Springs, Colorado)
2010Paula Creamer (281) -- Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
2009Eun-Hee Ji (284) -- Candie Kung
(Saucon Valley Country Club (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
2008Inbee Park (283) -- Helen Alfredsson
(Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minnesota)
2007Cristie Kerr (279) -- Angela Park, Lorena Ochoa
(Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2006*Annika Sorenstam (284) -- Pat Hurst
(Newport Country Club, Newport, Rhode Island)
2005Birdie Kim (287) -- Morgan Pressel (a), Brittany Lang (a)
(Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado)
2004Meg Mallon (274) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Orchards Golf Club, South Hadley, Massachusetts)
2003*Hilary Lunke (283) -- Angela Stanford, Kelly Robbins
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
2002Juli Inkster (276) -- Annika Sorenstam
(Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kansas)
2001Karrie Webb (273) -- Se Ri Pak
(Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
2000Karrie Webb (282) -- Cristie Kerr, Meg Mallon
(Merit Club, Libertyville, Illinois)
1999Juli Inkster (272) -- Sherri Turner
(Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Mississippi)
1998*Se Ri Pak (290) -- Jenny Chuasiriporn (a)
(Blackwolf Run Golf Course, Kohler, Wisconsin)
1997Alison Nicholas (274) -- Nancy Lopez
(Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Oregon)
1996Annika Sorenstam (272) -- Kris Tschetter
(Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, Southern Pines, North Carolina)
1995Annika Sorenstam (278) -- Meg Mallon
(Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colorado)
1994Patty Sheehan (277) -- Tammie Green
(Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course), Lake Orion, Michigan)
1993Lauri Merten (280) -- Helen Alfredsson, Donna Andrews
(Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana)
1992*Patty Sheehan (280) -- Juli Inkster
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1991Meg Mallon (283) -- Pat Bradley
(Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas)
1990Betsy King (284) -- Patty Sheehan
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Riverside Course), Duluth, Georgia)
1989Betsy King (278) -- Nancy Lopez
(Indianwood Golf & Country Club (Old Course), Lake Orion, Michigan)
1988Liselotte Neumann (277) -- Patty Sheehan
(Baltimore Country Club (Five Farms East), Baltimore, Maryland)
1987*Laura Davies (285) -- Ayako Okamoto, JoAnne Carner
(Plainfield Country Club, Edison, New Jersey)
1986*Jane Geddes (287) -- Sally Little
(NCR Country Club, Kettering, Ohio)
1985Kathy Baker (280) -- Judy Dickinson
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1984Hollis Stacy (290) -- Rosie Jones
(Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1983Jan Stephenson (290) -- JoAnne Carner, Patty Sheehan
(Cedar Ridge Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1982Janet Anderson (283) -- Beth Daniel, Donna White, S.Haynie, J.Carner
(Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, California)
1981Pat Bradley (279) -- Beth Daniel
(La Grange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1980Amy Alcott (280) -- Hollis Stacy
(Richland Country Club, Nashville, Tennessee)
1979Jerilyn Britz (284) -- Debbie Massey, Sandra Palmer
(Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Connecticut)
1978Hollis Stacy (289) -- JoAnne Carner, Sally Little
(Country Club of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana)
1977Hollis Stacy (292) -- Nancy Lopez
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1976*JoAnne Carner (292) -- Sandra Palmer
(Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pennsylvania)
1975Sandra Palmer (295) -- Sandra Post, Nancy Lopez, JoAnne Carner
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1974Sandra Haynie (295) -- Carol Mann, Beth Stone
(La Grange Country Club, La Grange, Illinois)
1973Susie Berning (290) -- Gloria Ehret, Shelley Hamlin
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1972Susie Berning (299) -- Kathy Ahern, Judy Rankin, Pam Barnett
(Winged Foot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1971JoAnne Carner (288) -- Kathy Whitworth
(Kahkwa Club, Erie, Pennsylvania)
1970Donna Caponi (287) -- Sandra Haynie, Sandra Spuzich
(Muskogee Country Club, Muskogee, Oklahoma)
1969Donna Caponi (294) -- Peggy Wilson
(Scenic Hills Country Club, Pensacola, Florida)
1968Susie Berning (289) -- Mickey Wright
(Moselem Springs Golf Club, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania)
1967Catherine Lacoste (294) -- Susie Berning, Beth Stone
Virginia Hot Springs G.C. (Cascades Course), Hot Springs, Virginia)
1966Sandra Spuzich (297) -- Carol Mann
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
1965Carol Mann (290) -- Kathy Cornelius
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1964*Mickey Wright (290) -- Ruth Jessen
(San Diego Country Club, Chula Vista, California)
1963Mary Mills (289) -- Sandra Haynie, Louise Suggs
(Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati, Ohio)
1962Murle Lindstrom (301) -- Ruth Jessen, JoAnn Prentice
(Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
1961Mickey Wright (293) -- Betsy Rawls
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
1960Betsy Rawls (292) -- Joyce Ziske
(Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts)
1959Mickey Wright (287) -- Louise Suggs
(Churchill Valley Country Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
1958Mickey Wright (290) -- Louise Suggs
(Forest Lake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
1957Betsy Rawls (299) -- Patty Berg
(Winged Foot Golf Club (East Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1956*Kathy Cornelius (302) -- Barbara McIntire
(Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minnesota)
1955Fay Crocker (299) -- Mary Lena Faulk, Louise Suggs
(Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1954Babe Zaharias (291) -- Betty Hicks
(Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts)
1953*Betsy Rawls (302) -- Jacqueline Pung
(Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York)
1952Louise Suggs (284) -- Marlene Bauer, Betty Jameson
(Bala Golf Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1951Betsy Rawls (293) -- Louise Suggs
(Druid Hills Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia)
1950Babe Zaharias (291) -- Betsy Rawls
(Rolling Hills Country Club, Wichita, Kansas)
1949Louise Suggs (291) -- Babe Zaharias
(Prince Georges Golf & Country Club, Landover, Maryland)
1948Babe Zaharias (300) -- Betty Hicks
(Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey)
1947Betty Jameson (295) -- Sally Sessions, Polly Riley
(Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina)
1946Patty Berg (5 & 4) -- Betty Jameson
(Spokane Country Club, Spokane, Washington)

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
So Yeon Ryu------------------------T-25Won
Hee Kyung Seo---------------------T-48T-622nd
Cristie KerrT-32T-13T-27T-10T-28WonT-13T-3T-173rd
Angela StanfordmcT-2mcT-10T-49T-16T-58mcT-194th
Mika Miyazato---------------------T-57mc5th
Inbee Park------mc------T-4WonT-26T-8T-6
Karrie WebbmcmcT-16T-31T-37mcT-38T-34T-17T-6
Ai Miyazato---------mcT-28T-10T-27T-6T-31T-6
I.K. Kim---------------T-61T-3T-34thT-10
Amy Yang---------------T-50mcT-34T-5T-10
Candie Kung---mcT-5T-6T-28T-58T-192ndT-28T-13
Paula Creamer---mcT-13T-19T-16T-16T-6T-6WonT-15
Suzann Pettersen---T-10T-16T-52T-28mcT-13T-6T-2T-15
Yani Tseng------------------T-42mcT-10T-15
Morgan Pressel---52nd---T-2T-28T-10T-17T-13T-34T-21
Sun Young Yoo---------------mcmc33rdmcT-25
Brittany Lincicome------55thT-317thT-14T-585thT-25T-27
Eun-Hee Ji------------------T-42WonT-39T-27
Natalie GulbismcT-13T-37T-4T-16T-35mc---T-14T-32
Song-Hee Kim---------------T-50T-2412th13thT-34
Stacy Lewis------------------T-3T-48T-14T-34
Wendy WardmcmcmcT-36T-41mc------T-14T-34
Maria Hjorthmcmc---mcT-41mcT-51mcT-28T-34
Sandra Gal------------mc------T-4051stT-34
Shanshan Feng---------------mcmcT-48mcT-42
Azahara Munoz---------------------T-40T-19T-45
Se Ri Pak5th50thT-32T-45T-3T-4mcmcmcT-45
Brittany Lang---------T-2mcmcT-31T-40T-5T-50
Michelle Wie---T-39T-13T-23T-3wdmc---mcT-55
Na Yeon Choi---------------mcT-19T-9T-2mc
Lexi Thompson---------------mcmcT-34T-10mc
Juli InksterWon8thT-58T-386thmcmcT-26mcmc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Stacy Lewis
Darkhorse - Inbee Park
Last Week's Pick to Win (Shanshan Feng) - Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mika Miyazato) - Finished tied for 2nd
The most coveted trophy on the women's calendar takes center stage as the best players in the world converge upon Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc. for the 67th edition of the U.S. Women's Open Championship.

The field is led by world No. 1 Yani Tseng, who will be trying to win her sixth major championship. If Tseng wins, she would complete the career grand slam at only 23 years old. Karrie Webb is the youngest to achieve that feat at 26.

Tseng will get plenty of competition from world No. 2 Stacy Lewis and world No. 4 and LPGA Championship winner Shanshan Feng. Lewis has finished in the top five in five of her last six events, including two wins. Tseng (3) and Lewis (2) are the only players with multiple victories this season.

This is the third major championship of the LPGA season. Sun Young Yoo captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship in early April, while Feng won the Wegmans LPGA Championship three weeks ago.

The 2012 U.S. Women's Open will be the second USGA championship held at Blackwolf Run. Se Ri Pak won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in 1998. This will be the 13th USGA championship conducted in Wisconsin. The most recent was the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, won by Kelly Kraft. The Championship will be conducted over holes 10-18 of the Meadow Valleys Course and holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River Course, the same layout from the 1998 Women's Open.

The U.S. Women's Open is open to any professional or amateur female golfers. Amateur golfers must maintain a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 4.4. The deadline for entries for the 2012 tournament was May 2, with a record 1,364 entries received. The previous record was 1,296 set in 2010.

In case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole playoff will be held after the round. The championship used to use the 18-hole playoff format and there were 10 of them in tournament history.

Last year, South Korean So Yeon Ryu birdied two of the three playoff holes to defeat Hee Kyung Seo. Ryu birdied the 18th in regulation in the final round to post her third straight 2-under 69 and join Seo at 3-under-par 281. The 21-year-old Ryu played the three-hole aggregate playoff in 10 strokes, while Seo needed 13 shots. Ryu became the third-youngest winner in championship history, following countrywomen Inbee Park (19 - 2008) and Se Ri Pak (20 - 1998).

In 2010, Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes at 2-under par, more than enough to earn her first major championship. Creamer closed with a 2-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club, as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at 3-under-par 281, four strokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen.

Eun-Hee Ji rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole in 2009 to earn her first major championship. Ji shot an even-par 71 in the final round to finish at even-par 284. All it took for Ji to get her first major was three birdies in her last six holes. It was exactly what was required since she trailed by three with six to go.

Park shot rounds of 72-69-71-71 in 2008 to win her first professional title. Park completed the championship at 9-under-par 283 for a four-stroke win over Helen Alfredsson. It was her second USGA title, as she also captured the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior. She also finished second in that event twice. The 19-year- old Park carded her fourth sub-par round of the week to become the youngest winner in event history. Her closing 71 was the only sub-par round in the final nine twosomes on Sunday and she was the only player with four sub-par rounds on the week.

In 2007, Cristie Kerr closed with a 1-under 70 in the final round to win her first major championship. Kerr fended off Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park by two strokes and completed the championship at 5-under-par 279.

Annika Sorenstam carded a 1-under 70 in an 18-hole playoff back in 2006 to knock off Pat Hurst and claim her third U.S. Women's Open title and 10th major championship crown. Hurst three-putted for bogey on the first at Newport Country Club and three-putted for double bogey on the sixth en route to a 4-over 75. Sorenstam previously won this title in 1995 and 1996. The 10 years between wins is the second-longest stretch in Open history. Meg Mallon went 13 years between her wins in 1991 and 2004.

Birdie Kim holed a bunker shot on the final hole in 2005 for birdie to capture her first event in only her 14th career start. Kim defeated 17-year-old amateur Morgan Pressel, who was tied for the lead in the 18th fairway until Kim's hole-out, and 19-year-old amateur Brittany Lang by two shots.

In 2004, Mallon used a hot putter in the final round to roll to a 2-stroke win. Mallon fired a final-round, 6-under 65, the lowest final round score by a winner in tournament history. Mallon closed the event at 10-under-par 274, as she held off a hard-charging Sorenstam. Mallon played the final 25 holes at minus-9, without a bogey. In the final round, Mallon posted 10 one-putts. She had no 3-putts over the four rounds. Mallon, who also won in 1991 at Colonial Country Club, became the third-oldest champion at the age of 41.

When Hilary Lunke won in 2003, she became the first qualifier of any kind to win this tournament in an 18-hole playoff over Kelly Robbins and Angela Stanford.

Webb was the last player to capture two straight titles when she won in 2000-01. Other players to accomplish the feat are: Sorenstam (1995-96), Mickey Wright (1958-59), Donna Caponi (1969-70), Susie Berning (1972-73), Hollis Stacy (1977-78) and Betsy King (1989-90). The only player to win three straight U.S. Open titles was men's champion Willie Anderson back in 1903-05. Wright and Betsy Rawls share the record for most U.S. Women's Open wins with four each.

Nancy Lopez is the only player in tournament history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s when she finished second to Alison Nicholas in 1997. Although never a winner of this major, Lopez finished second four times. Lopez competed in her final U.S. Women's Open in 2002 and missed the cut.

Besides the prize money, the champion receives a gold medal, custody of the Harton S. Semple Trophy for the ensuing year and an exemption from qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Women's Opens.

JoAnne Carner is the only player to participate in two playoffs, winning in 1976 and losing in 1987.

Sixteen players have combined to win 36 of the previous 64 Women's Opens. Two players have won four Women's Opens: Rawls (1951, 1953, 1957, 1960) and Wright (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964). Four players have won three Women's Opens: Babe Zaharias (1948, 1950, 1954), Berning (1968, 1972, 1973), Stacy (1977, 1978, 1984) and Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006). Eight players have won two Women's Opens each. They are Suggs (1949, 1952), Caponi (1969, 1970), Carner (1971, 1976), King (1989, 1990), Sheehan (1992, 1994), Inkster (1999, 2002), Webb (2000, 2001) and Mallon (1991, 2004).

Next year's U.S. Women's Open will be held at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York. The LPGA moves to Europe in three weeks for the Evian Masters in France, as Ai Miyazato defends her title.

07/02 14:51:39 ET

As of July 2, 2012, at 02:52 PM ET

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