Americans looking to take back Open title


PINEHURST, N.C. – The American women have taken charge of the 2014 season.

The resurgence would go to yet another level if they can take back the U.S. Women’s Open trophy this week.

With Stacy Lewis returning to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, with Lexi Thompson taking the year’s first major championship, with American women winning eight of the first 13 LPGA events this year, there’s red-white-and-blue momentum in Pinehurst No. 2 this week.

With the dominance the South Koreans have shown in this championship, the Americans can use some momentum. South Koreans are going for their sixth U.S. Women’s Open title in the last seven years. Inbee Park is the defending champion. Paula Creamer is the only American to win a U.S. Women's Open since 2008. She won at Oakmont in 2010.

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“This is kind of the only tournament we have to answer those questions still,” Lewis said. “Because the Americans, we have been playing some great golf here, over the last six months. It kind of seems like the way things have been going this year, that an American is due to win this thing. So, for me, it would be an honor. It's a championship that I think any American player just has dreams of winning. It's one of those that makes your career.”