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U.S. Women's Open Conducted by the USGA
Shoal Creek, AL
May 31 - Jun 03
Shoal Creek
Shoal Creek, AL
  • Race to the CME Globe: 625 Points
  • Format: 72 holes
  • Purse: $5,000,000
  • Par: 72
  • History: The U.S. Women's Open is solely conducted by the USGA. This event began in 1946 and is the longest-running tournament currently on the LPGA Tour. It is one of the LPGA's five major championships.
  • Yardage: 6,732

In 2017, Sung Hyun Park shot a final round 67 to come from behind and defeat Shanshan Feng, capturing her first victory and major title on the LPGA Tour at the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship.

Hole Description

The left side of the fairway is the ideal position for a drive on this long par-5 opening hole. If you miss it, it's better to find the bunker on the left than the trees on the right. Bunkers close to the green can grab mis-hit layups, but the slightly elevated green complex can be reached in two when not hitting into the wind.

The bunker along the upper-right side of the fairway comes into play when hitting driver from the elevated tee, but a shorter play to the left leaves a better approach angle. This extremely deep green is long and thin, creating a two- to three-club difference between a front and back hole location.

This dogleg left demands a very good tee shot that avoids hazards on both sides of the fairway. A longer iron will likely be used to play to a slightly elevated green that is deep but narrow. It also has quite a bit of contouring: the front quarter is a false front, the middle is bowl shaped, and the final portion feed back and to the left.
A slightly downhill shot on the first par 3 requires a mid to long iron. Hole location is key here, with the potential for a two-club difference between a front and back hole location. The green works left to right, turning a miss left into a very tough up and down.
A very difficult tee shot to a fairway that works dramatically from right to left. Misses left end up in rough and behind trees, likely forcing a pitch out, while bunkers on the right side make for a difficult recovery. The elevated green works from front right to back left, and is guarded by deep bunkers. There's not much undulation, but the overall slope adds to challenge. The prudent play is short and to the right, with an alleyway into the green from there.
The most dramatic elevation change on the course is from this tee to a wide fairway. The huge green has plenty of movement, with three distinct portions. Wind usually plays a large role here. If a drive is far enough left, then a bump-and-run shot can be considered; otherwise it's a forced carry over water, especially to a back-right hole location.
Another demanding par 3 features a tiny green that angles away from the tee. The slightly elevated left side is ideal since the green pitches back toward the water. You have to trust yardage here.
Longer hitters can play a tee shot over bunkers on the left and go for this very elevated green in two. Play to the right and your second shot is a lay up-either in front of or across a wetland area, the latter leaving an uphill pitch to the mostly hidden putting surface. Collection areas are found left, right and long of the green.
Hugging the right-side treeline cuts off some yardage, while too far left can bring very penal rough into play. Favor the right side of the very deep green complex, where a natural contour provides a slight backboard that moves shots left.
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