The Golden State will hold a US Women’s Open for just the third time in the Open’s 71-year history. Less than an hour away from Downtown San Jose, CordeValle Golf Club is all geared up to host the richest event of the LPGA Schedule.
Here are the Power Picks for the 2016 US Women’s Open.
With her win at the ANA Inspiration earlier this year, she became the youngest double major winner since Young Tom Morris in 1869. Coming off of a win at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, the World No. 1 is looking for her first Top-10 at the US Women’s Open. She has four wins this season already, as well as a playoff loss to Brooke Henderson at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Rolex Ranking: 1
Race to CME Globe: 1
2. Brooke Henderson
The 18-year old Canadian won her first major title earlier this year at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Henderson successfully defended her title this Sunday at the Cambia Portland Classic, notching her third LPGA victory, and second of the 2016 season. She finished tied for fifth place at her debut last year at this event.
Rolex Ranking: 2
Race to CME Globe: 2
3. Ariya Jutanugarn
By winning the 2016 Yokohoma Tire LPGA Classic, the 20-year old became the first Thai winner on Tour. She went on to win her next two LPGA events, thereby becoming the first player in LPGA history to win her first three titles in consecutive fashion. She finished one out of the playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last month.
Rolex Ranking: 7
Race to CME Globe: 3
4. Lexi Thompson
The big-hitting American, Lexi Thompson ranks No. 1 in Average Driving Distance and No. 2 in Greens in Regulation. With a victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand and eight Top-10’s this season, the 21 year-old tees up this week playing alongside Ko and Henderson. When she was 12, she became the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the US Women’s Open, a record which still stands to date.
Rolex Ranking: 4
Race to CME Globe: 10
5. Sei Young Kim
It’s hard to believe that the 23-year old South Korean has won five times on the LPGA Tour in the last year and a half, including twice already this year. Although coming off a Missed Cut at her most recent event, she won at the Meijer LPGA Classic a week before that.
Rolex Ranking: 5
Race to CME Globe: 4