Americans poised for big day


OAKMONT, Pa. – With Paula Creamer leading going into today’s final round of the U.S. Women’s Open and fellow American Wendy Ward her closest pursuer three shots back, Americans are well positioned to win back-to-back majors in the same season for the first time in 11 years.

Juli Inkster pulled the double in 1999, winning the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open. It was part of a run of three consecutive major championship triumphs for Americans that year. Dottie Pepper won the Kraft Nabisco before Inkster’s back-to-back effort.

Americans have won just one of the last five U.S. Women’s Opens. Cristie Kerr is the last American to win the championship, taking it at Pine Needles in ’07.

Americans dominated the majors not so long ago. They won 17 consecutive majors from late ’88 through the ’92 season.

The final round of today’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont begins with four of the top six players on the leaderboard from the United States.