You Oughta Know: U.S. Women's Open


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – What You Oughta Know going into Sunday’s finish at the U.S. Women’s Open:

Inbee Park is trying to become the first woman in six decades to win the first three major championships of the women’s season. She’s looking to join Babe Zaharias (1950) as the only players to do so.

• With a victory, Park would join Zaharias, Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986) as the only women to win three majors in a season.

• Park is becoming a fixture on LPGA leaderboards. She has won five times already this season, including her last two starts. She has won seven times in her last 27 starts. She has finished T-4 or better a remarkable 16 times in those 27 starts dating back to last year’s Wegmans LPGA Championship.

• Park is at 10-under 206 through 54 holes. In the 67-year history of the U.S. Women’s Open, only four women have finished the championship double digits under par:

-16: Juli Inkster, Old Waverly GC, West Point, Miss., 1999

-11: Sherri Turner, Old Waverly GC, West Point, Miss., 1999

-10: Alison Nicholas, Pumpkin Ridge GC (Witch Hollow Course), North Plains, Ore., 1997

- 10: Meg Mallon, Orchards GC, South Hadley, Mass., 2004

• If Park wins, she would give South Korea its fifth major-championship victory in a row. She also would give her country its fifth U.S. Women’s Open title in the last six played. And she would give Asia its 10th consecutive major-championship triumph.

Angela Stanford is tied for fourth, the top American on the leaderboard. If an American doesn’t win Sunday, it would be the 10th consecutive major without an American victory, the longest run in the history of women’s golf.

• The record final-round comeback in the U.S. Women’s Open is five shots. Six women have done it. Annika Sorenstam was the last, coming back to win at the Broadmoor in 1995.