The eagerly awaited culmination of the US Women’s Open has at last materialized, bestowing upon us a tournament of unparalleled distinction. The current edition of this prestigious event stands adorned with numerous noteworthy milestones. Pebble Beach, an esteemed sanctuary that has hitherto graced the presence of prominent men’s majors, has gracefully opened its gates to host a women’s major for the very first occasion. A novel facet, known as ShotLink scoring, has been introduced, meticulously capturing the trajectory of every single stroke. As if to amplify the grandeur, the tournament has also unveiled an unparalleled prize purse of a staggering $11 million. Thus etching its name in the annals of women’s golfing history. And let us not forget the distinguished presence and warm accolades of none other than the venerable Barack Obama himself. Who adds a touch of eminence to this remarkable tale.
The significance of the Pebble Course extended beyond the sport itself, particularly for those hailing from Hawaii. Michelle Wie West, a native of Honolulu, bid farewell to her professional golf career on the greens of Pebble Beach, leaving an indelible mark. However, another Hawaiian golfer rose to the occasion and compensated for the bittersweet news. Her remarkable victory garnered praise from none other than former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Let us delve deeper into the details!
A record-breaking triumph by an American professional golfer captured the spotlight at Pebble Beach. Allisen Corpuz emerged as the victor, securing her first major championship. With a three-stroke lead, she outperformed Ji Yai Shin and Charley Hull. Becoming the first US citizen in seven years to claim victory in this prestigious tournament. The last American champion was Brittany Lang in 2016.
The accomplishment of Allisen Corpuz drew recognition from Barack Obama, who conveyed his heartfelt congratulations. In a message, the former president expressed, “Congratulations to fellow Hawaiian Allisen Corpuz for her remarkable victory at the U.S. Women’s Open! You have made us all proud, and I eagerly anticipate playing a round at Kapolei!” The bond between them extends back to their shared alma mater, Hawaii’s esteemed Punahou School. Michelle Wie West, too, attended this private preschool, making it all the more surreal for Obama to witness a compatriot bringing the coveted trophy home. Now, let us take a trip down memory lane to revisit the previous seven years’ winners.
From 2016 to 2023
the US Women’s Open witnessed a prolonged wait for an American triumph following Brittany Lang’s victory in 2016. In 2017, South Korean golfer Sung Hyun Park claimed the championship. The following year, Thai professional golfer Ariya Jutanugarn made her mark. In 2019, it was South Korean golfer Jeongeun Lee who emerged victorious, outclassing Lexi Thompson, Angel Yin, and Ryu So-Yeon by a margin of two strokes. Then, in 2020, another South Korean golfer, A Lim Kim, etched her name on the trophy. Kim’s remarkable comeback of five strokes in the final round secured her victory, a feat achieved only once before by Annika Sorenstam in 1995 at The Broadmoor.