LPGAs Turn for the US Open

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U.S. WomenEDINA, Minn. -- It will be the first time Cristie Kerr defends a major championship. It may also be one of the last times Annika Sorenstam can win another one.
 
The third major championship of the LPGA Tour season and the crown jewel of its yearly schedule, the U.S. Women's Open visits Interlachen for the first time this week.
 
Kerr closed with a one-under 70 in the final round at Pine Needles last year to hold off world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa and Angela Park for a two-shot victory, her 10th career title on the LPGA Tour and -- at last -- her first major championship.
 
Sorenstam, who claimed her third U.S. Women's Open victory in a playoff against Pat Hurst in 2006, is set to retire at the end of the season, leaving this week's championship and next month's Women's British Open as potentially her last chances to win major No. 11.
 
Ochoa sits somewhere between them, having won the Women's British Open last summer and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April for her first two career majors. She is still looking for a win at this particular major, where she has finished inside the top 20 in four of the last five seasons.
 
Yani Tseng was a surprise first-time major winner at the McDonald's LPGA Championship earlier this month, where she knocked off Maria Hjorth with a birdie on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff. It was also Tseng's first LPGA Tour win of any kind, and she became the 21st player to make the McDonald's LPGA her first major championship.
 
This will mark the 35th time a USGA championship has been conducted in Minnesota, and the first time this particular one has been played at Interlachen.
 
It is the 63rd U.S. Women Open, dating to 1946, and it will be well-covered. ESPN will have four hours of coverage for the first two rounds, with NBC providing three-hour broadcasts on both weekend days.
 
Next week's tournament is the NW Arkansas LPGA Championship, which was shortened to 18 holes last year following a weekend of persistent bad weather. Amateur Stacy Lewis' seven-under 65 held up as the best score -- she finished on Saturday -- but she was not credited with an official win.
 
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