Staff picks: U.S. Women’s Open

Cristie Kerr won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pine Needles.
Cristie Kerr won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pine Needles. ( Getty Images )

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


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U.S. Women’s Open

When: June 8-11

Where: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club

Par: 71

Yardage: 6,598

Defending champion: Eun-Hee Ji (even-par 284 at Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.)

Purse: $3.25 million

Winner’s share: 585,000 (2009)

Television: ESPN2, Thursday-Friday (3-7 p.m.), NBC, Saturday-Sunday (3-6 p.m.)

BETH ANN BALDRY

  • Winner: Cristie Kerr. Have you seen her putt lately? Kerr’s confidence right now is through the roof, and understandably so. Kerr, who nearly won last year’s Open, said Oakmont is one of the “best courses she’s ever seen” and is “exactly the way I would’ve designed it.” She was an Oakmont favorite before the LPGA Championship.
  • Sleeper: Stacy Lewis. Darling of the Open in 2008, Lewis has matured since that final-round 78. Showed moxie on Sunday in Morelia last April, nearly winning. Thrives on tough conditions and knows how to maneuver around tough bunkers (St. Andrews) and difficult greens.
  • Low amateur: Jessica Korda. 17-year-old Curtis Cupper loves Sundays at the Open, carding a 69 in the final round the last two years. Often in the shadow of good friend Alexis Thompson, but definitely worth watching.

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SEAN MARTIN

  • Winner: Suzann Pettersen. Pettersen hasn’t won yet this year, but is third on the money list because of some incredibly consistent play. She’s finished 11th or better in seven of nine starts this year, and has finished in the top five in more than half her starts. Pettersen’s Open record isn’t the best, but she finished sixth last year.
  • Sleeper: Jennifer Song. Song has had no trouble transitioning to the pro game after her standout amateur career. She finished first and fifth in her first two Futures Tour starts as a pro. Song finished 13th at last year’s Open, and 21st at this year’s Kraft Nabisco.
  • Low amateur: Ariya Jutanugarn. It’s hard to pick against the likes of Jessica Korda and Jennifer Johnson, but Jutanugarn’s is a name you need to learn. The 14-year-old from Thailand was medalist at this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links. She finished 30th in the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand earlier this year.

The U.S. Women’s Open field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 1. Cristie Kerr
  • 2. Jiyai Shin
  • 3. Song-Hee Kim
  • 4. Suzann Pettersen
  • 5. Na Yeon Choi
  • 6. Ai Miyazato
  • 8. Yani Tseng
  • 9. Karrie Webb
  • 10. Michelle Wie
  • 11. Anna Nordqvist
  • 12. Morgan Pressel
  • 13. Paula Creamer
  • 14. Angela Stanford
  • 15. Catriona Matthew
  • 17. Sakura Yokomine
  • 18. Mi-Jeong Jeon
  • 19. Momoko Ueda
  • 20. In-Kyung Kim
  • 21. Inbee Park
  • 22. Chie Arimura
  • 23. Amy Yang
  • 24. Kristy McPherson
  • 25. Sun Young Yoo
  • 26. Maria Hjorth
  • 27. Shinobu Moromizato
  • 28. Azahara Munoz
  • 31. Brittany Lincicome
  • 32. Sophie Gustafson
  • 33. Seon Hwa Lee
  • 34. Brittany Lang
  • 35. Juli Inkster
  • 37. Stacy Lewis
  • 38. Katherine Hull
  • 39. Jee Young Lee
  • 40. M.J. Hur
  • 42. Hee Young Park
  • 44. Hee-Won Han
  • 45. Yuko Mitsuka
  • 46. Meena Lee
  • 47. Amanda Blumenherst
  • 49. Stacy Prammanasudh
  • 50. Michele Redman
  • 52. Karen Stupples
  • 55. Candie Kung
  • 56. Jeong Jang
  • 57. Shi Hyun Ahn
  • 58. Shanshan Feng
  • 59. Lindsey Wright
  • 60. Chella Choi
  • 61. Karine Icher
  • 62. Paige Mackenzie
  • 67. Christina Kim
  • 68. Natalie Gulbis
  • 69. Heather Young
  • 70. Pat Hurst
  • 72. Eun-Hee Ji
  • 73. Kyeong Bae
  • 75. Se Ri Pak
  • 76. Jennifer Rosales
  • 79. Sandra Gal
  • 80. Alena Sharp
  • 82. Vicky Hurst
  • 83. Giulia Sergas
  • 85. Helen Alfredsson
  • 89. Mina Harigae
  • 90. Tamie Durdin
  • 95. Hye Jung Choi
  • 96. Mika Miyazato
  • 107. Becky Brewerton
  • 107. Mhairi McKay
  • 109. Janice Moodie
  • 117. Ji Young Oh
  • 121. Eunjung Yi
  • 123. Wendy Ward
  • 125. Meaghan Francella
  • 130. Jill McGill
  • 137. Marianne Skarpnord
  • 138. Allison Fouch
  • 140. Irene Cho
  • 142. Becky Morgan
  • 144. Pornanong Phatlum
  • 147. Tania Elosegui
  • 149. Maria Hernandez
  • 152. Gwladys Nocera
  • 155. Julieta Granada
  • 156. Samantha Richdale
  • 159. Taylor Leon
  • 174. Sarah Kemp
  • 188. Anna Rawson
  • 207. Esther Choe
  • 208. Elizabeth Janangelo
  • 213. Louise Friberg
  • 218. Joo Mi Kim
  • 229. Alison Walshe
  • 252. Laura Diaz
  • 254. Sakurako Mori
  • 281. Ashli Bunch
  • 290. Nicole Jeray
  • 292. Meredith Duncan
  • 300. Libby Smith
  • 303. Jennifer Gleason
  • 306. Christi Cano
  • 310. Tiffany Joh
  • 314. Veronica Felibert
  • 323. Meg Mallon
  • 395. Sofie Andersson
  • 402. Lucy Nunn

Players not ranked

  • N/R. a-Brittany Altomare
  • N/R. Shasta Averyhardt
  • N/R. a-Sandra Changkija
  • N/R. a-Kaitlin Drolson
  • N/R. a-Janine Fellows
  • N/R. a-Yueer "Cindy" Feng
  • N/R. a-Jaye Marie Green
  • N/R. a-Junthima Gulyanamitta
  • N/R. a-Jennifer Johnson
  • N/R. a-Ariya Jutanugarn
  • N/R. a-Danielle Kang
  • N/R. a-Kimberly Kim
  • N/R. a-Jennifer Kirby
  • N/R. a-Stephanie Kono
  • N/R. a-Jessica Korda
  • N/R. a-Laura Kueny
  • N/R. a-Alison Lee
  • N/R. Bo-Mee Lee
  • N/R. Jeong-Eun Lee
  • N/R. Jung Yeon Lee
  • N/R. a-Tiffany Lim
  • N/R. Hsiao-Ching Lu
  • N/R. Charlotte Mayorkas
  • N/R. a-Lisa McCloskey
  • N/R. Na On Min
  • N/R. Belen Mozo
  • N/R. Martha Nause
  • N/R. a-Juliana Murcia Ortiz
  • N/R. a-Sun Gyoung Park
  • N/R. So-Yeon Ryu
  • N/R. a-Lizette Salas
  • N/R. Sarah Lynn Sargent
  • N/R. Hee-Kyung Seo
  • N/R. a-Kelli Shean
  • N/R. Jenny Shin
  • N/R. Bo Bae Song
  • N/R. a-Jennifer Song
  • N/R. Sherri Steinhauer
  • N/R. a-Victoria Tanco
  • N/R. a-Alexis Thompson
  • N/R. a-Gabriella Then
  • N/R. Aiko Ueno
  • N/R. a-Sally Watson
  • N/R. a-Christine Wong
  • N/R. a-Nicole Zhang

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