Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Information on the 72nd U.S. Women's Open Championship

(RELEASE) - The 72nd U.S. Women's Open Championship will be played July 13-16 at Trump National Golf Club (Old Course) in Bedminster, N.J. For more information, visit

Course Setup
The Old Course at Trump National Golf Club will be set up at 6,732 yards and will play to a par of 36-36–72. Based on the setup, the Course Rating is 80.4 and the Slope Rating is 153.

About Trump National Golf Club 
The Old Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened for play in 2004. It is routed through more than 500 acres of rolling farmland and horse pastures with numerous water hazards and demanding green complexes. Approach shots call for careful strategy. Wetlands and restored farm buildings are found throughout the property.

The championship is open to any female professional, and any female amateur golfer with a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4, who filed an entry by May 17, 2017. The USGA accepted 1,709 entries for the 2017 championship, marking the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Women’s Open has received more than 1,700 entries. The 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club holds the entry record with 1,873.

Championship Field
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties. Sectional

Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at 21 domestic and four international sites between May 22-June 12, 2017. For the fourth consecutive year, international qualifying was conducted in England, Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea. Qualifying results can be found at

Championship Tickets
A variety of ticket options are available for purchase at Juniors 17 and under enter the championship free of charge all week.

Schedule of Play
Practice rounds will be played Monday, July 10, through Wednesday, July 12. Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from Thursday, July 13, through Sunday, July 16. If the championship is tied after four rounds, a three-hole aggregate playoff will take place immediately following the conclusion of the fourth round. If the playoff results in a tie, play will immediately continue hole by hole until a champion is determined.

Television Coverage
The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open will receive at least 20 hours of live network coverage. Fox will air 10 hours of coverage on the weekend. FS1 will air 10 hours over the first two days of play. All times EDT.
- July 10, 7-8 p.m., Drive to the U.S. Women's Open on FS1
- July 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Wednesday at the U.S. Women's Open on FS1
- July 13, 2-7 p.m., First Round on FS1
- July 14, 2-7 p.m., Second Round on FS1
- July 15, 2-7 p.m., Third Round on Fox
- July 16, 2-7 p.m., Fourth Round on Fox

Live Streaming Coverage
The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open will receive at least 24 hours of live streaming coverage on
- July 13,10 a.m.-noon, First Round: streaming coverage
- July 13, 2-7 p.m., First Round: featured group
- July 14,10 a.m.-noon, Second Round: streaming coverage
- July 14, 2-7 p.m., Second Round: featured group
- July 15, 2-7 p.m., Third Round: featured group
- July 16, 2-7 p.m., Fourth Round: featured group

What the Winner Receives 
The champion will receive 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 Open Championships.

The 2017 purse is $5 million. The 2016 purse was $4.5 million, and the winner earned $810,000.

2016 Champion
Brittany Lang, 30, of McKinney, Texas, won the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. Lang won the second three-hole aggregate playoff in Women’s Open history, taking the title over Anna Nordqvist, 29, of Sweden. For more information, visit

Title Defense
Since 1991, two players have successfully defended their championship (Annika Sorenstam, 1996; Karrie Webb, 2001), and only three other players have finished in the top 10 in the championship following their victory (Juli Inkster, 2002; Patty Sheehan, 1992; Meg Mallon, 1991).

Championship History
This is the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship. The first U.S. Women’s Open, played at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club in 1946, was the only one conducted at match play. The Women’s Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) conducted the inaugural championship, won by Patty Berg. The WPGA conducted the Women’s Open until 1949, when the newly formed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) took over operation of the championship. The LPGA ran the Women’s Open for four years but in 1953 asked the United States Golf Association to conduct the championship, which it has done ever since.

The youngest winner of the U.S. Women’s Open is Inbee Park, who won the 2008 championship at the age of 19 years, 11 months, 18 days. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who won the 1954 Women’s Open at age 43 years, 6 months, is the oldest winner.

In 1967, Catherine Lacoste, daughter of French tennis player Rene Lacoste and 1927 British Ladies Amateur champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, became the only amateur to win the U.S. Women’s Open. Six other amateurs – most recently Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel in 2005 – have finished as runner(s)-up.

Future U.S. Women’s Open Sites         
- May 31-June 3, 2018: Shoal Creek (Ala.)
- May 30-June 2, 2019: Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)
- June 4-7, 2020: Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas
- June 3-6, 2021: The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.

USGA Championships at Trump National Golf Club 
- 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Amy Anderson def. Kimberly Kim, 6 and 5
- 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur: Jordan Spieth def. Jay Hwang, 4 and 3
- 2017 U.S. Women’s Open

USGA Championships in New Jersey
The 2017 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 61st USGA championship conducted in New Jersey and the seventh U.S. Women’s Open. The most recent U.S. Women’s Open in the Garden State took place 30 years ago, when Laura Davies captured the 1987 title at Plainfield Country Club. The first USGA championship contested in New Jersey was the 1896 U.S. Women’s Amateur, conducted at Morris County Golf Club in Morristown, and won by Beatrix Hoyt. Most recently, Eun Jeong Seong won the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus.

Following the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, the next USGA championship slated to be conducted in New Jersey is the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield (July 16-21).

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