The U.S. Women’s Open is just a few days away from its 70th edition. Therefore the Throwback Thursday of this week is dedicated to the oldest event on the LPGA Tour as well as to some of the players who have won the prestigious tournament.
Patty Berg won the first edition of the tournament in 1946. The event was held at the Spokane Country Club in Spokane, Washington.
Louise Suggs won in 1949 with a 14-stroke margin.
Betty Rawls captured the U.S. Open title after winning in a playoff.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias remains as the oldest champion ever at the event. She won the major in 1954 at the age of 43 years and six days old.
Mickey Wright won the U.S. Women’s Open four times (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964).
Carol Mann won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1965. This was the first time the event’s final round was televised nationally.
Catherine Lacoste is the only amateur ever to win the U.S. Women’s Open, accomplishing that feat in 1967.
With her win in 1999 Juli Inkster set the record for lowest under par score in 72 holes (16-under).
Meg Mallon won the event in 2004 with an outstanding final round of 65.
In 2006 Annika Sorenstam leaded the event from start-to-finish.
Inbee Park claimed the tournament title by four strokes and became the youngest player to win the event.
Michelle Wie is the current defending champion of the event after winning at Pinehurst with 2-under par.