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U.S. Women's Open in the 1980s

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Golfer Kathy Whitworth waves to crowd, with golf ball in hand, after sinking a birdie put on the 9th hole during the first round of the U.S Womens Open, Thursday, July 23, 1981, La Grange, Il. Whitworth was the early leader with a 3-under-par 69.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Golfer Kathy Whitworth ponders her situation from a bunker on the fifth hole of the second round of the U.S. Womens Open, July 24, 1981, La Grange Ill. Whitworths two round total of 139 ties her for the lead with Bonnie Lauer.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Kathy Whitworth, Avon, Conn., smiles July 25, 1981 after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole of the third round of the U.S. Women's Open in Lagrange, Ill. The birdie gave her the third round lead with a total of 210.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Pat Bradley, of Marco Island, Fla., displays her trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open Sunday, July 26, 1981, in La Grange, Ill. Bradley fired a course record 66 on the final round to win the tournament by one stroke with a four round total of 279.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Patty Sheehan watches her tee shot at the Cedar Ridge Country Club during the opening round of the 31st U.S. Women's Open, Friday, July 30, 1983, Tulsa, Ok. Sheehan shot an even par 71 and tied with Betsy King for the first round lead.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Golfer Kathy Whitworth watches the flight of her sixth tee shot during practice rounds at Cedar Ridge Country Club, July 27, 1983, Tulsa, Ok. Whitworth, the winningest women's golfer in history, has never captured the US Women's Open title.

Published on May 22, 2011

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Golfer Jan Stephenson drives the ball on the 18th hole during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on July 31, 1983.

Published on May 25, 2011

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British Women's Open champion Laura Davies of West Byfleet, England, cheers after winning the U.S. Women's Open at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., on July 28, 1987. Davies beat Ayako Okamoto of Japan and JoAnne Carner in a 18-hole playoff.

Published on May 25, 2011

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LPGA golfer Laura Davies of West Byfleet, England, tees off for the second round of the U.S. Women's Open in Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., on Friday, July 24, 1987.

Published on May 25, 2011

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Jan Stephenson of Fort Worth ,Texas, grimaces July 21, 1988 as she missed a putt on the 9th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Baltimore Country Club.

Published on May 25, 2011

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LPGA golfer Patty Sheehan, who came in second in last year U.S. Women's Open, practices chipping to the green, July 12, 1989 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club at Lake Orion, Mich., the site of the 1989 U.S. Women's Open.

Published on May 25, 2011

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Betsy King, practices at the Indianwood Golf and Court Club Wednesday, July 12, 1989, for the 44th U.S. Women's Open Championship at Lake Crion, Mich.

Published on May 25, 2011

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Nancy Lopez reacts as she sinks a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich., Friday, July 14, 1989.

Published on May 25, 2011

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LPGA golfer Patty Sheehan of Scotts Valley, Calif., reacts to a putt that barely misses the hole on the 9th green during third round action of the U.S. Women's Open at Lake Orion, Mich., July 15, 1989. Sheehan shot a bogey on the hole but was able to make a comeback and tie for the lead with Betsy King with a 3-under-par 210.

Published on May 25, 2011

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Patty Sheehan of Scotts Valley, Calif., leaps over a putt on the 8th hole during the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, July 15, 1989 at Lake Orion, Mich. Sheehan missed the birdie putt but saved the par and went on to tie for the lead with Betsy King at 3-under-par 210.

Published on May 25, 2011

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Betsy King, holds her trophy up Sunday, July 17, 1989, after winning her first U.S. Women's Open title at Lake Orion, Mich.

Published on May 25, 2011

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