The third major of the year for the LPGA is up ahead on the calendar. After traveling around North America and Asia tour professionals will play one of the most prestigious events of the season, the U.S. Women’s Open. The 71st edition of the tournament will be held July 7th thru 10th at the CordeValle Golf Resort in San Martin, California. The event is the oldest of the five majors on tour and also has the largest purse in women’s golf, set at $4.5 million.
In 2015 In Gee Chun took the prestigious U.S. Women’s Open title in her first appearance after carding a final-round of 4-under par (66), one shot over Amy Yang. In Gee mentioned that her main goal at the U.S. Women’s Open was only to learn from the challenging new experience in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
This tournament will mark the last chance for all the players who are tying to make it into their respective Olympic teams. The American and South Korean players will be the ones battling till the very last round for the a spot on the team. As of this moment Team USA would be conformed by Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis, leaving Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda and even Brittany Lincicome out of the team due to the world rankings.
A 156 world-class player field will tee it up at the CordeValle Golf Resort championship course with only one goal in mind: to become the next 2016 U.S. Women’s Open winner. But the task will not be an easy one. Competitors will find a fair and challenging layout built across a breathtaking former farmland and an adjacent vineyard that will request their “A” game to emerge victorious in this scenic layout.
The 18-hole championship course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr features a 260-acre area and was first opened in 1999. The unobstructed appearance and elevation changing views of the course might trick a couple of golfers but players will have to find the fairways if they want to succeed at CordeValle.
The layout regularly plays at 7,333 (72) yards but will be set at 6,752 yards (72) for the event. There will be a route change to the course to ease crowd flow and allow for an easier two-tee start. The par 4 that usually plays as the fourth hole will be the first hole for the championship.
LPGA World Top Picks
- Lydia Ko
- Ariya Jutanugarn
- Paula Creamer
- Suzann Pettersen
- Stacy Lewis