Michelle Wie goes into this week’s US Women’s Open as the defending champion after claiming her first major victory by holding out Stacy Lewis at Pinehurst last year.
Six Australian women will tee it up at Lancaster Country Club this weekend hoping to become the first Australian to win the prestigious trophy since 2001 when Karrie Webb successfully defended her title by smashing the field by a whopping eight shots.
While Webb may not have it all her own way this week, the seven-time major winner has 19 top-30 finishes in her last 24 starts at the majors, including eight top-10’s. Webb’s seventh place finish at the Women’s PGA Championship last month shows she’s in with a great chance of adding an eighth major to her résumé this week in Lancaster.
Webb is no longer ranked as the best Australian women’s golfer though with 19-year-old Minjee Lee climbing to 14th in the world in what has been a sensational rookie season on the LPGA Tour.
Lee won her first LPGA title at the Kingsmill Championship in May and her 13th place the Women’s PGA Championship included a superb 6-under par final round. On the back of two top-10 finishes in her last three starts, we’re predicting Lee to be right in the mix Sunday evening.
Katherine Kirk, Breanna Elliott, Sarah Jane Smith and amateur Su-Hyon Oh will be joining Webb and Lee in the field this week.
Keep a close eye on Breanna Elliott who not only tees it up in her first major championship this week but will hit the opening tee shot of the tournament. Elliott finished with the lowest score through he two-round qualification tournament last month and looks like a player on the rise after several good results in Australia earlier this year and a stellar amateur career that saw her touted as one of the stars of Australian golf.
Will be hitting the first shot in the U.S. Open come Thursday! Pumped!! 6:45am 🐎giddy up (Lancaster, Pennsylvania!) pic.twitter.com/l6Rp55JrYe
— Breanna Elliott (@ElliottBre) July 7, 2015