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Women's Open may use world rankings

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five years after the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings made their debut, the U.S. Women’s Open has yet to incorporate them among the championship’s exemption categories.

But that could be changing.

U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis said the organization wants to use the rankings and might be just a year or two away from adopting them.

“It is our hope long-term to utilize the women's rankings,” Davis said. “As the years go on, just like it is with the men, trying to evaluate one tour to another tour has become more and more difficult for the USGA.

“We haven't done it yet, simply because we wanted to get more comfortable with the Rolex Women's Rankings. I think that the four major tours involved with those rankings are in the midst of continuing to review them.

“I think that you're going to probably see us in the next year to two to three years, when we get comfortable enough that they are legitimately representative of who the best players in the world are, we probably will go to that. That way, it becomes far less political for us of how many exemptions one tour gets versus another tour versus another tour.”

Here’s the U.S. Women’s Open exemption categories:

- Winners of the last 10 U.S. Women’s Opens.

- Winner and runner-up of the last U.S. Women’s Amateur.

- Winners of each of the last five Kraft Nabisco Championships, LPGA Championships and Women’s British Opens.

- Top 10 and ties from the last U.S. Women’s Open.

- Top 70 off 2010 LPGA money list.

- Top 10 off 2011 LPGA money list as of May 4.

- LPGA winners from the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open through the week before the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open.

- Top five money winners in 2010 from each of the following foreign tours: Japan LPGA, Korean LPGA and Ladies European Tour.

- Special exemptions.