USGA's change ousts teen from U.S. Women's Open


The U.S. Golf Association has offered a correction which will make one particular player a little upset.

Teen Lauren Taylor, who became the youngest Ladies British Open Amateur winner last summer at age 16, will not be exempt to the U.S. Women’s Open.

On Feb. 4, the USGA announced new exemptions for amateurs into its championships. The male and female winners of the McCormack Award – given to the top-rated amateur at the end of the season – and the winners of the British Amateur and Ladies British Open Amateur were offered spots into their respective Open championships.

The four winners of those honors in 2011 were said to be exempt. As it turns out, Taylor will not be. The reason for the change is that a new champion could be crowned when the ’12 edition of the Ladies British Open Amateur is played at Carnoustie from June 26-30. The U.S. Women’s Open will be played the next week at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc., from July 5-8.

Lydia Ko, the 14-year-old Kiwi, won the McCormack Medal at the end of 2011 and will still be exempt.

On the men’s side, McCormack Medal winner and UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay, as well as Aussie Bryden Macpherson, are exempt for the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco from June 14-17.