Wednesday, day 10 at the U.S. Open

Jun. 18, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

WEATHER PRECAUTION

The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week. Each day, the USGA will provide fans with a voucher for a complimentary bottle of water upon entry. Hydration stations have also been setup at locations throughout the course. Designated air conditioned cooling sites and first aid stations will be available. All fans planning to attend are strongly encouraged to remain hydrated.

 
DEFENDING CHAMP COMES IN HOT

Inbee Park won the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in New York for, at that point, her third straight major title and the last of her six 2013 LPGA Tour victories.

She finished at 8-under for a four-stroke victory. Park also won the 2008 Open at Interlachen.

In the last LPGA Tour event before coming to Pinehurst, Park won the Manulife Financial Classic on June 8 in Waterloo, Ontario, for her first LPGA Tour title since her victory at Sebonack. She closed with a 10-under 61 for a three-stroke victory.

 
FROM THE PREZ

"I think one of the most compelling things that I saw was Sunday afternoon, as Mike Davis and I walked with Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler, was the number of the great women's players in the world inside the ropes enjoying the experience in the final round of the men's Open as they prepared to play here (Thursday)."

- Thomas O'Toole Jr., USGA president

 
STAT NERD

LPGA Tour season stats through June 8

Scoring

1. Stacy Lewis 69.00

2. Michelle Wie 69.30

3. Inbee Park 69.63

4, Suzann Pettersen 69.90

5. Lexi Thompson 70.05

6. Chella Choi 70.11

7. Cristie Kerr 70.12

8. Azahara Munoz 70.16

9. Lydia Ko 70.17

10. So Yeon Ryu 70.31

Driving Distance

1. Lexi Thompson 275.4

2. Gerina Piller 274.1

3. Joanna Klatten 273.1

4. Laura Davies 272.2

5. Anya Alvarez 271.5

6. Yani Tseng 270.5

7. Carlota Ciganda 268.8

8. Brittany Lincicome 268.7

9. Alena Sharp 268.6

10. Paula Reto 266.0

Greens in Regulation Percentage

1. Suzann Pettersen, 80.3

2. Michelle Wie, 79.2

3. Stacy Lewis, 78.9

4. Anna Nordqvist, 77.0

5. Gerina Piller, 76.9

6. Lexi Thompson, 76.6

7. Azahara Munoz, 76.1

8. Chella Choi, 75.6

9. Christina Kim, 75.6

10. So Yeon Ryu, 75.4

Birdie Average (per 18 holes)

1. Stacy Lewis, 4.49

2. Michelle Wie, 4.11

3. Inbee Park, 4.00

4. Anna Nordqvist, 3.98

5. Lexi Thompson, 3.98

6. Shanshan Feng, 3.97

7. Suzann Pettersen, 3.95

8. Azahara Munoz, 3.84

9. Chella Choi, 3.83

10. Jessica Korda, 3.77

Sand Save Percentage

1. Karin Sjodin, 71.43

2. Lee-Anne Pace, 61.90

3. Lydia Ko, 61.29

4. Sydnee Michaels, 60.00

5. Lizette Salas, 58.54

6. Natalie Gulbis, 57.14

7. Katherine Kirk, 56.60

8. Karrie Webb, 56.52

9. Jee Young Lee, 56.25

10. Mo Martin, 56.10

 
PAST CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD

- Na Yeon Choi

Won the 2012 Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. Now 26, as a 17-year-old amateur, she won a pro tour event, defeating Se Ri Pak by four shots in a Korean LPGA Tour event in 2004.

- Paula Creamer

Won the 2010 Open at Oakmont for her first and only major championship. Creamer, 27, has 10 LPGA Tour wins lifetime and has made five U.S. Solheim Cup teams. She won the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore in March; making a 75-foot eagle putt to decide a playoff with Azahara Munoz to win.

- Laura Davies

Won the 1987 Open at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. Davies has four major titles, 45 European Tour wins and 20 LPGA Tour wins. She's in her 26th U.S. Women's Open at age 50 - having advanced through sectional qualifying in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla. in May.

- Juli Inkster

Won the 1999 Open (Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, Miss.) and 2002 Open (Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.). Inkster, 53, has 31 career LPGA Tour titles and seven major championships. This is her 35th U.S. Open. She's been on team USA for nine Solheim Cups and will captain the 2015 U.S. team.

- Eun-Hee Ji

Won the 2009 U.S. Women's Open at Saucon Valley C.C. for one of her two wins on the LPGA Tour in a seven-year career. She has four pro wins between the LPGA of Korea Tour and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

- Cristie Kerr

Won the 2007 Open at Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines. She came from off the pace on moving day, the third round, with a 5-under 66 and shot 70 in the final round to be 5-under overall and defeat Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park by two strokes. She's 10 in the world rankings and finished second, shooting 20-under par in 72 holes, at the last LPGA stop, the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

- Birdie Kim

Won the 2005 Open at Cherry Hills famously holing a shot from the sand on the 72nd hole to win by two. She's one of two U.S. Women's Open champions to have started their path in local or sectional qualifying.

- Se Ri Pak

Won the 1998 Open at Blackwolf Run at age 20 in 92 holes. Pak and American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn played a 20-hole playoff on Monday. The Women's Open now utilizes a three-hole playoff, Sunday evening if necessary, should there be a tie through 72 holes. Pak has five major titles, 25 LPGA Tour titles and is a class of 2007 member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

- Inbee Park

Won the 2008 Open at Interlachen C.C. in Minnesota and is the defending champ from Sebonack in New York. She also won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and LPGA Championship for three majors in 2013. She held No. 1 in the world from April 2013 to June 1, 2014 when Stacy Lewis claimed No. 1.

- So Yeon Ryu

Won the 2011 Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. under the three-hole playoff tiebreaker. She shot 2-under 69 for each of the last three rounds of her 2011 championship. Ryu, 23, is in her fifth U.S. Open and was runner-up in last year's.

- Karrie Webb

Won the 2000 and 2001 Opens, at The Merit Club in Illinois and Pine Needles in Southern Pines, respectively. She dominated down the road 13 years ago, shooting 7-under and defeating Se Ri Pak by eight shots. Webb has seven major championships, 57 wins worldwide and 41 LPGA Tour victories including two already this season: the Women's Australian Open in Feburary and the JTBC Founders Cup in Arizona in March.

 
ON TV

Television schedule for the U.S. Women's Open

Thursday - ESPN2 - 3-7 p.m.

Friday - ESPN2 - 3-7 p.m.

Saturday - NBC - 3-6 p.m.

Sunday - NBC - 3-6 p.m.