Past champions at the U.S. Women's Open
2014: Michelle Wie
Eleven years after her first appearance at the tournament, Michelle Wie was poised and confident on the course and won her first U.S. Open. She finished a meager two strokes ahead of World No. 1 Stacy Lewis.
2013: Inbee Park
The 2013 LPGA Player of the Year, Inbee Park had won the first two majors of the season heading into the U.S. Open at Sebonack Golf Club in New York. Park continued her dominance with a four-stroke victory, her third straight major win and second U.S. Open title. Her victory marked the fifth U.S. Open win by a South Korean in the past six years.
2012: Na Yeon Choi
After leading the LPGA money list in 2010, Na Yeon Choi won her first major by shooting a seven-under-281 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Choi made her move on Saturday, shooting a 65 and jumping out to a six-shot lead on the field. Finishing the tournament at -7, Choi and fellow South Korean Amy Yang were the only golfers to finish under par.
2011: So Yeon Ryu
Forced to finish her fourth round of the 2011 U.S. Women's Open on Monday due to weekend storms, South Korea's So Yeon Ryu birdied the 18th hole to move to 3 under and set up a three-hole playoff with compatriot Hee Kyung Seo. While both players earned par on the first playoff hole, Ryu pulled away with birdies on the second and third overtime holes to capture the title. Ryu and Seo were two of just four players at or under par at the Broadmoor Resort course in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Cristie Kerr finished with a 1-under 283, while Angela Stanford was at even par.
2010: Paula Creamer
A final-round 69 distanced Paula Creamer from the rest of the field at the 65th U.S. Women's Open, earning his first major victory with a four-stroke win at Oakmont Country Club. Posting a 3-under-281 score, she was the only player under par at the end of the tournament. Creamer was just the ninth American golfer in the previous 40 majors to win the championship.
2009: Eun Hee Ji
Draining a 20-foot birdie on the 72nd hole at the Saucon Valley Country Club, Eun Hee Ji of South Korea secured a one-stroke victory. Ji trailed by two strokes heading into the final day and struggled early in her final round, bogeying two of the first four holes. But she rallied on the back nine to overtake third-round leader Christie Kerr, then snapped a tie with Candie Kung with her 18th-hole birdie. It was Ji's second victory on the LPGA Tour.
2008: Inbee Park
Just 19 years old, Inbee Park became the youngest-ever U.S. Women's Open champion in 2008 when she blew away the field by four strokes. Her final score of 9-under 292 gave Park her first career LPGA Tour victory. Park, who had turned professional two years prior, had finished tied for fourth at the tournament the previous year.
2007: Cristie Kerr
Competing in her 251st event and in a major for the 42nd time, Cristie Kerr finally earned her first major title at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open. She recorded the best score of the tournament in the third round -- a 66 -- to take the 54-hole lead, then held off Angela Park and Lorena Ochoa by two strokes.
2006: Annika Sorenstam
Tied with Pat Hurst with an even-par 284 heading into an 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Women's Open in 2006, Annika Sorenstam quickly established her dominance. After just one hole, Sorenstam went up two strokes when she birdied and Hurst bogeyed the first. Sorenstam ultimately claimed a four-stroke victory to claim her third title at the event.
2005: Birdie Kim
Hoping for par on the 72nd hole, Birdie Kim instead made an improbable birdie on a 30-foot bunker shot. She finished with a 3-over 287, leaving her two strokes ahead of teenage amateurs Brittany Lang and Morgan Pressel.
2004: Meg Mallon
Shooting her best round of the tournament -- a 65 with six birdies and no bogeys -- on the final day, Meg Mallon claimed a two-stroke victory over Annika Sorenstam and captured the U.S. Women's Open title for the second time. Mallon had started the tournament with a 2-over 73 before shooting under par for the rest of the tournament.
2003: Hilary Lunke
Hilary Lunke's first professional victory was a big one: the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. Competing in a three-way 18-hole playoff, Lunke sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win by one stroke over Angela Stanford and three over Kelly Robbins. The 24-year-old Lunke, who had missed seven of 12 cuts that year, became the first woman ever to play through local and sectional qualifying and win the title.
2002: Juli Inkster
A final-round 66 helped Juli Inkster earn her second U.S. Women's Open title. Finishing with a 4-under 276, she held off Annika Sorenstam by two strokes. The two were the only players under par at the end of 72 holes.
2001: Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb successfully defended her U.S. Women's Open title in 2001, routing the field and finishing eight strokes better than runner-up Se Ri Pak. Just three weeks later, Webb became the youngest player ever to win each of the major women's titles when she captured the LPGA Championship title.
2000: Karrie Webb
The final round did not start auspiciously for Karrie Webb, who saw the four-stroke lead she had after 54 holes quickly disappear with an eagle double-bogey. She rebounded well, however, and ultimately earned a five-stroke win. It was the 25-year-old's 21st victory in four and a half years and also gave her the points she needed to qualify for the Hall of Fame.
1999: Juli Inkster
Setting a U.S. Women's Open record for the lowest score under par, Juli Inkster finished with a 16-under 272 to capture the title. It was Inkster's first major championship victory in 10 years and her fourth overall.
1998: Se Ri Pak
Just moments after settling for a bogey on the 71st hole, Se Ri Pak lost sole possession of the lead when amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn sunk a 45-foot birdie putt on the 72nd. Pak didn't let the change of fortune rattle her, however, and ultimately beat her fellow 20-year-old after a 20-hole playoff. Pak was two down heading onto the 11th green, but she birdied three of the next four holes to take the lead.
1997: Alison Nicholas
Dueling with Nancy Lopez throughout much of the final round, Alison Nicholas clinched the title when Lopez's birdie putt on the 18th hole drifted just inches off the line. Nicholas had begun the day with a three-stroke lead and finished with a one-stroke victory at 10 under.
1996: Annika Sorenstam
Besting second-place finisher Kris Tschetter by six strokes, Annika Sorenstam blew away the field at the 1996 U.S. Women's Open. She successfully defended her title at the event by shooting an 8-under 272, a score aided by her impressive consistency; Sorenstam hit 51 of 56 fairways throughout the tournament.
1995: Annika Sorenstam
Just one year after being named the LPGA Rookie of the Year, Annika Sorenstam earned her first LPGA Tour title. It happened to be a big one: the 1995 U.S. Women's Open. The 24-year-old nearly let a three-stroke lead slip away late in the final round with bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes but managed to hold on and win by one with a 2-under 278 total.
1994: Patty Sheehan
Led by winner Patty Sheehan, just five golfers finished under par at the U.S. Open in 1994. Sheehan shot a 7-under 277 to lead the way, outlasting runner-up Tammie Green by one stroke. Helen Alfredsson, who had stormed to 13-under after the first seven holes of the third round, subsequently dropped 14 strokes in the next 18 holes to fall well out of contention and clear the way for Sheehan.
1993: Lauri Merten
With a 4-foot birdie on the 72nd hole, Lauri Merten claimed the U.S. Women's Open trophy by one stroke over Helen Alfredsson and Donna Andrews. Merten, who finished with an 8-under 280, and Andrews became the first golfers to shoot under par all four rounds at the tournament.
1992: Patty Sheehan
After finishing as the U.S. Women's Open runner-up three times in nine years, Patty Sheehan finally claimed the top spot on the leaderboard in 1992. Sheehan topped Juli Inkster by two strokes in an 18-hole playoff at Oakmont Country Club to earn her third major title and 29th Tour victory. Both golfers had finished the first 72 holes tied with 4-under 280 scores.
1991: Meg Mallon
Trailing Pat Bradley by three strokes with 10 holes to play, Meg Mallon raised her level of play. She shot a final-round 4-under 67 to finish with a 1-under 283, two strokes better than Bradley. Although she had turned professional in 1987, Mallon hadn't won an LPGA Tour title until 1991, where she also won the LPGA Oldsmobile Classic, LPGA Championship and Daikyo World Championship of Women's Golf in addition to the U.S. Women's Open.
1990: Betsy King
Betsy King overcame an 11-shot deficit at the 1990 U.S. Women's Open to become the fifth player in tournament history to win back-to-back titles. King had to play 36 holes on the final day after rain wreaked havoc on the opening two rounds. King's third- and fourth-round scores of 71 and 70 left her one stroke ahead of Patty Sheehan with a 4-under 284 total.
1989: Betsy King
After opening the 1989 U.S. Women's Open with a 68, Betsy King never looked back. She led the tournament from start to finish, claiming her first title at the event and second major championship overall. The win was King's 19th since 1984; she won one more event in 1989 for a total of 20 in that five-year period, more wins than any other golfer iin the world during that stretch of time.