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American Cristie Kerr has shot a final round 70 to win the women's US Open but it was another major when world No.1 Lorena Ochoa was left to rue her missed chances.
The United States was added to the USGA's roster of championships in 1953, 58 years after the first U.S. Women's Amateur. The reason for the USGA's relatively late assumption of the Women's Open is simple: women's professional golf is relatively new. When Opal Hill turned professional in 1938, she and Helen Hicks were two of the very few women golf professionals in the world.
The first tournament was the only one conducted at match play. Patty Berg won the 36-hole qualifying medal in 1946 with rounds of 72-73-145, then won the championship by defeating Betty Jameson, 5 and 4, in the 36-hole final.
The LPGA ran the us womens open for four years, but in 1953 asked the USGA to conduct the championship.
The US OPEN has truly become the world arena of women's golf. Eight of the last 12 champions have been foreign-born, whereas only four of the first 40 champions were foreign-born. The emergence of the Women's Open as a great international contest came in 1987, when England's Laura Davies prevailed in an 18-hole playoff against Japan's Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Gunderson Carner of the United States.
In 2002, qualifying for the us womens open was held in two stages for the first time - 18 holes for local qualifying and 36 holes for sectional qualifying.