2011 US Women's Open Week
The US Women's Open kicks off this week (July 7 - 10) at The Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs, CO where defending champion Paula Creamer will do her best to fight off the rest of the field at the LPGA's longest-running tournament. In 2010 Creamer defeated Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen by four strokes and ultimately posting a 3-under 284. All eyes will be on Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, who tries to complete her career Grand Slam this week in Colorado. Tseng will be among a field of 131 professionals and 25 amateurs who will be competing for one of the most coveted trophies in all of golf. The field of 156 will compete for a purse of $3.25 million and a first-place prize of $585,000.
According to the LPGA's tournament website, Tseng, who has held the top spot in the Rolex Rankings since mid-February, became the youngest player in LPGA history to capture four major titles when she won the Wegmans LPGA Championship two weeks ago. Tseng also became the youngest golfer ever - male or female - to accomplish that feat since Young Tom Morris in 1872.
Creamer's win last season was her first career major on the LPGA TOUR, and is one of 10 former U.S. Women’s Open champions in this week’s field: Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Inbee Park (2008), Kerr (2007), Birdie Kim (2005), Juli Inkster (2002, 1999), Karrie Webb (2000, 2001), Se Ri Pak (1998), Betsy King (1990, 1989) and Laura Davies (1987).
Players will have be faced with quite the test this week, and just as their male counterparts faced at the men's US Open at Congressional, Broadmoor's East Course will be the longest in US Women's Open history (7,047).