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The US Women’s Open takes place this weekend and the USA will be hoping they can produce a home winner.
A 156 strong field of lady golfers from around the world will play the Oakmont Course, Pennsylvania, where the US Mens Open was held in 2007.
The course is 600 yards shorter for the ladies and the fairways slightly wider. Other than the 9th hole changing from a par 4 to 5, the course remains the same.
It used to almost be a certainty that an American would win the Womens Open. From 1946-1994, with the exception of just five years, Americans won every time. The only US player to win in the past five years is Christie Kerr.
Ladies Golf is now far more global and of the 27 LPGA events, less than half are played in the United States.
America’s best hope though is still Christie Kerr, who won the US Open Championship in 2007. She is full of confidence after winning the Victor LPGA Championship two weekends ago, by a remarkable 12 shots, but realises that the winning score will be nothing like that.
With temperatures predicted in the 90s for the start of the tournament and a heat index of 100 plus, the going could be tough.
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