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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The US Women's Open Is Back!

Defending champion A Lim Kim only got to bask in her 2020 victory for six months. Now the LPGA is off to San Francisco for the 2021 US Women's Open.

Defending champion A Lim Kim

This is arguably the biggest event in the LPGA schedule. The reason why is simply its history. According to Wikipedia's entry about the event:

Established 75 years ago in 1946, the U.S. Women's Open is the only event to have been recognized as a major by the LPGA since the group's founding in 1950. adds this:

This event began in 1946 and is the longest-running tournament currently on the LPGA Tour.

See that? It's the ONLY major that has always been an LPGA major, and it's also the oldest event on Tour. For those of you who have wondered, that's where its status comes from.

The field is, as you would expect, absolutely stacked. There are definitely amateurs in the field but they won't overshadow the pros, not by a long shot. The Olympic Club might give them a run for the money though -- the women's majors continue to finally get spots at the championship venues they deserve, and this week is no exception.

Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer received Special Exemptions to play, the first such invites given to players since 2018. Both players are previous Open champions coming off injuries, so I think these were good decisions.

Since the US Women's Open will be played on the West Coast, we've got prime time golf going again... but the TV options are a bit complicated. The USGA's website lists the following viewing options for Thursday (all times are ET):

  • 11:27am - 4:30pm on the USGA's website app
  • 5pm - 7pm on the Peacock app
  • 5:12pm - 10:30pm on the USGA's website app (again)
  • 7pm - 11pm on GC

The Peacock webpage lists the time as 6pm - 7pm, so I don't know which is correct. However, it's being streamed free on the app, so I've downloaded it and may try it to see how well it works.

In any case, I'm just glad we've got several options for watching as much of this major as possible for free. It should be a great tournament!

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