U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN returns to challenging Blackwolf Run
COURTESY OF THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
e Ri Pak won’t be the defending champion at the
Pak won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open in remarkable
fashion, as it took her 92 holes over five days to finally
defeat amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn – 72 holes of regulation
play and an 18-hole Monday playoff followed by two
sudden death holes.
The winning scores: Pak took 371 strokes and Chuasiriporn
took 372. They finished regulation play at 6-over-par 290,
before shooting twin 73s to begin the playoff. Pak finally
won with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 92nd hole.
In other words, Blackwolf Run was a beast in 1998, and it
would be foolish to think it will be anything different in
2012. The course will measure 6,814 yards this time
around – the longest Women’s Open course ever at sea
level – which is 402 yards longer than in ’98. The actual
lengths of the holes will vary according to daily conditions.
But the United States Golf Association is throwing players
a few bones. For instance, the seventh hole will measure
550 yards and play as a par- 5 this summer after playing as
a long par- 4 in ’98. Thus, the course’s overall par will
increase for the 2012 tournament from 71 to 72.
In 1998, as a 415-yard par- 4, No. 7 was the second hard-est hole on the course, playing to a 4.55 stroke average.
So Yeon Ryu gets her hands on the Harton S. Semple Trophy following
her playoff win in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor.