Creamer, 34, won the 2010 US Women’s Open at Oakmont, Pa. Country Club, defeating Na Yeon Choi and Suzanne Pettersen by four strokes. Creamer, who grew up in Pleasanton, Calif., Less than 50 miles from the Olympic Club, has five top 10s and 11 top 20s in her 17 career US Women’s Open appearances. She is a two-time semi-finalist in the American Junior Girls and American Amateurs and played on the winning side of the Curtis Cup of the United States in 2004. Creamer’s special exemption brings the total to 12 champions of the US Women’s Open on the field this year at the Olympics.
“As the US Open champion, I am honored to accept this special exemption for the 2021 Women’s US Open at the Olympic Club,” said Creamer. “Growing up in Northern California one of my fondest golfing memories was attending the 1998 US Open at the Olympic Club with my dad, which really sparked my love for the championships. USGA and the full test they present to players. To this day, winning the US Open has been the greatest pride of my career. “
A ten-time LPGA Tour winner and a seven-time Solheim Cup participant, Creamer’s 2010 US Women’s Open victory is remembered for her gritty comeback after torn ligaments in her left thumb that kept her out for four months. before the championship. On her fourth start just after returning from surgery, Creamer conquered the Oakmont Country Club, joining Patty Sheehan as the only US Women’s Open champion at the iconic western Pennsylvania venue.
“As a US Open champion, I am honored to accept this special exemption for the 2021 US Women’s Open at the Olympic Club.” – Creamer Paula
Two-time Australian champion Karrie Webb was the last player to receive a special exemption for the championship, accepting one in 2018 and 2019. The last two special exemptions before Webb went to the US Women’s Open champion. 1998 Se Ri Pak in 2016 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif., And Juli Inkster, double champion in 2013 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY
The 76th US Women’s Open will be the 11th USGA Championship to be contested on the Lake Course at the Olympic Club, comprising five US Open (1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012). The club also hosted the 1958, 1981 and 2007 American Amateurs, the 2004 American Junior Amateur and the first American four-ball amateur championship in 2015. It will also host the 2025 American Amateur Championship.
The Lake Course was designed by Course Superintendent Sam Whiting and first opened in 1924. Improvements and updates were made by Robert Trent Jones Sr. before the 1955 US Open and by Bill Love before the 2007 US Open and 2012 US Open. The Olympic Club is recognized as one of the top 100 established golf clubs in the United States.
Considered the premier women’s golf championship in the world, the US Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships held annually by the USGA. The championship started in 1946 and in addition to Creamer, Pak and Inkster, its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Michelle Wie West . In December 2020, A Lim Kim birdied the last three holes of Champions Golf Club to capture the 75th edition of the championship, defeating Jin Young Ko and Amy Olson in one fell swoop.
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