SAN FRANCISCO — Only 5 gamers have received the U.S. Women’s Open of their first try. Patty Berg (1946) was the primary to do it and 2021 champion A Lim Kim was the final. In between, there was Kathy Cornelius (1956), Birdie Kim (2005) and In Gee Chun (2015).
When A Lim Kim received final December in frigid Houston, she wore a masks contained in the ropes. On Monday in sunny San Francisco, it was beautiful to see her smile as she talked about final yr’s break-through victory.
“Frankly, let me be honest with you,” Kim mentioned via an interpreter, “I think I was lucky.”
There are 40 gamers on this week’s area who’re enjoying of their first U.S. Women’s Open. Inbee Park, a two-time USWO winner, made her debut as an novice in 2004 and missed the reduce. The LPGA Hall of Famer was reminded of that first time this week when she performed a apply spherical at The Olympic Club with a younger Japanese participant.
“She just looked nothing to be scared of on this golf course and just bombing the balls,” mentioned Park. “I kind of envy that, and I don’t think I’ll be able to ever do that again.”
Back then, Park continued, she’d go into shock after a bogey. The world got here to an finish after a double. Needless to say, a lot has modified.
LPGA rookie Haley Moore is among the many dozens of first-timers this week. Moore first tried to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2014 and mainly yearly since.
This yr Moore superior via a 36-hole qualifier at Brentwood Country Club, birdieing three of her final 5 holes to complete at even-par 144.
(*40*) mentioned Moore, “is going to be your patience and your mental game. … It’s not always perfect out here.”
First-time U.S. Women’s Open competitors
Amari Avery, Addie Baggarly, Jensen Castle, Matilda Castren, Claire Choi, Abbey Daniel, Leigha Devine, Nicole Garcia, Ingrid Gutierrez, Haylee Hartford, Jo Hua Hung, Tsubasa Kajitani, Gurleen Kaur, Hikari Kawamitsu, Chihiro Kogure, Chloe Kovelesky, Aline Krauter, Jaclyn LaHa, Alyssa Lamoureux, Karolin Lampert, Da Yeon Lee, Amanda Linnér, Emily Mahar, Isabella McCauley, Kim Metraux, Momoka Miyake, Haley Moore, Minori Nagano, Natsumi Nakanishi, Noemie Pare, Bohyun Park, Maria Parra, Ana Pelaez Trivino, Aneka Seumanutafa, Alexandra Swayne, Elizabeth Szokol, Tsai-Ching Tseng, Karoline Tuttle, Monica Vaughn, Ruoning Yin.
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