2014 U.S. Womens Open Michelle Wie Natalie Gulbis Paula Creamer

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Michelle Wie, 24, is playing in her 11th U.S. Women’s Open. She made her debut in 2003 and tied for 39th. Her only top-10 finish was a tie for third in 2006. This season Wie has eight top-10 finishes in 12 events.
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Wie and other LPGA players flooded Pinehurst No. 2 as the course was open to LPGA players during the final round of the U.S. Open. Wie walked with the final pairing of Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler.
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“Yeah, definitely have had a lot of ups, have had a lot of downs. I really feel like I'm kind of starting the second part of my career. It's fun. It's a long journey. I think a golf career, you're going to have ups, you're going to have downs, it's not a short career, it's a very long career. I'm in it for the long run. I'm just really grateful for all the experiences I've had, the ups and the downs, I just learned so much from my mistakes, learned so much from my ups, and I'm just really excited for the future, because I feel like, yeah, I have played in a lot of U.S. Opens, I have played in a lot of events, but I really just feel like - I really feel like this is the beginning. I really feel like there's so much ahead of me and I'm really grateful for everything that's happened and I can't wait for the future.”
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Paula Creamer, 27, owns one U.S. Women's Open title, winning in 2010 by four strokes over Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. Besides one missed cut, her lowest finish is 19th in 11 appearances in the event.
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This season, Creamer has one victory on the LPGA Tour. She won the HSBC Women’s Championship when she made a 75-foot eagle putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Azahara Munoz.
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At the pre-tournament press conference, Creamer spoke about Pinehurst No. 2 and its challenges: "I think it's an incredible golf course. I think it's great that we're here. It's definitely going to showcase women's golf, too, as well as what it did last week with the men. It's going to play, I think, very different for us than it is for them. It's going to play a lot longer. Obviously, the USGA has the potential to move it anywhere they want with the tee boxes and things. But I love it. You have to be incredibly precise off the fairways. You have to be even more precise with the irons and be able to look at where you need to hit it and where not to. I think that's the common theme this week is where to miss the ball."
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Jessica Korda, 21, has her only career top-10 finish in a major at the U.S. Open, where she finished tied for 7th last year. In that event, she fired her caddie during the third round and pulled her boyfriend from the audience to carry her bag.
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Both of Korda’s parents -- Petr Korda and Regina Raichrtova -- were international tennis stars, Petr won the 1998 Australian Open. Before the tournament, Korda said, "It's a U.S. Open. This is kind of the first taste of professional golf that I had. And this is one tournament that I really want to win. But I'm not looking at it as any other tournament. I'm not going to prepare for it any more or any less. I think the less pressure you put on yourself the better. It's just another week. And you try and win every week out here. But it is tough. The girls are good."
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Korda missed the cut at the Shoprite LPGA Classic in her last event before the U.S. Women’s Open, but she won her third professional LPGA tournament at the end of May at the Airbus LPGA Classic.
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Lexi Thompson, 19, has finished in the top-3 in the two majors entering the U.S. Women's Open, including a victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Evian Championship. Thompson comes from a heavy golf background as her brothers, Nick and Curtis, play golf on the PGA Tour and collegiately for LSU, respectively.
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Thompson is known for her powerful drives and leads the LPGA in driving distance, averaging 275.35 yards off the tee. At the pre-tournament press conference, she said "having that Kraft Nabisco win and getting my first Major win under my belt has helped me out a lot coming into this U.S. Women's Open. I definitely have a lot more confidence coming in this week. But I look at it as just another tournament, I'm not putting any extra pressure on myself. I'm just going out, trying my hardest, focus on one shot at a time and relax in between shots and not let it mentally drain me at a U.S. Open."
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Thompson celebrated her first major at the Kraft by the traditional leap into Poppy's Pond.
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Lydia Ko, 17, became the youngest person to ever win a professional event at the Bing Lee/Samsung Women's NSW Open on the ALPG Tour at the age of 14. Ko turned pro in November 2013. In her only major as a professional, Ko finished 29th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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Ko said the decision to turn pro was the right one. "It's been really great. My first tournament was the CME Championship in November last year. And I was really nervous. And it did kind of feel a little different when I was on the first tee with my first round. But I've been having lots of fun. It's already June and I've turned pro like eight months ago and it kind of feels like yesterday, where all that video and everything crazy happened. I think playing good golf and playing consistently helped with my confidence. Just having so much fun and just being grateful that I can play on the tour at the age 17 is just the best thing."
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Ko is currently third in the LPGA's Rolex Rankings and is a 14/1 favorite to win the U.S. Women's Open.
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Stacy Lewis, 29, is the No. 1 player on the LPGA Tour. She was the 2012 Player of the Year and most recently won the Women's British Open.
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Lewis has finished in the top-10 in 85 percent of her tournaments, including winning the North Texas LPGA Shootout and the ShopRite LPGA Classic this season.
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Lewis on the USGA staging both U.S. Opens at the same venue: "It's a great opportunity. I think any time Rickie and Phil and those guys are talking about women's golf, I think it's a great thing. That's really what we accomplished last week. For them to say they're going to watch us play, I mean that's huge. So it was cool. When I first got here yesterday I saw Pat Bradley and she just had the biggest grin on her face. And she's like, is this not the coolest thing ever?"
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Suzann Pettersen, 33, is looking for her third career major. She won the 2007 LPGA Championship and the 2013 Evian Championship. She has four top-10 finishes at the U.S. Women's Open, including a runner-up finish to Paula Creamer in 2010.
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At Pinehurst No. 2, hitting greens in regulation is a premium. Pettersen leads the LPGA Tour in greens in regulation hit at 80.3 percent.
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Pettersen is currently No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings.
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Natalie Gulbis was one of the first LPGA players to arrive onsite at Pinehurst No. 2 and walked the course alongside the men during the Sunday finale.
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Gulbis has not won a major, but from 2005-06, she recorded four consecutive top-10s in majors.
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Gulbis was featured in Golf.com's "Most Beautiful Women in Golf."
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Inbee Park, 25, won three consecutive majors in 2013 and was the youngest player to win the U.S. Women's Open. She is the favorite to win this year's event.
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Park's first major victory was at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open where she defeated Helen Alfresson by four strokes.
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Park's putting is one of the main reasons for her success, as she has one of the best putting strokes on the LPGA Tour. She ranks first on Tour in putting average with 28.76 putts per round.
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Cheyenne Woods, 25, qualified for the U.S. Women's Open by shooting 73-68 in her qualifier at the Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Cheyenne is the niece of Tiger Woods. She played college golf at Wake Forest and grabbed her first professional victory at the Volvik Ladies Masters on the Ladies European Tour in February.
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Woods also appeared in Golf.com's "Most Beautiful Women in Golf."
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Morgan Pressel, 26, turned pro at age 17 and became the youngest winner of a modern LPGA Championship in history after winning the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
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As an amateur, Pressel finished in a tie for second in the 2005 U.S. Women's Open, but has not finished in the top-10 since 2007.
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Anna Nordqvist, 27, won the 2009 LPGA Championship, but has never cracked the top-10 at the U.S. Women's Open.
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Nordqvist currently ranks fourth on the LPGA Tour in greens hit in regulation.
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Beatriz Recari, 27, is looking for her first career major victory. This will only be her fourth U.S. Women's Open.
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Last year, she notched her first top-10 when she finished 9th at the Evian Championship.
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Recari was also a part of Golf.com's 'Most Beautiful Women in Golf.
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Karrie Webb, 39, is a two-time U.S. Women's Open champion, winning in 2000 and 2001.
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Webb ranks 10th all-time with 41 LPGA Tour victories. Between 1999 and 2002, she recorded six victories and seven top-10s in 16 majors.
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Webb shares her gameplan on how to attack Pinehurst: "I think the term I'm going to use this week is conservatively aggressive. Because you can't play tentative, where you're going to hit bad shots, but you have to be conservative with your distance off the tees, the lines off the tees, the clubs you're hitting into greens, and the direction. So whatever you have, even if it's a conservative play, you have to be aggressive with what you have. So that's kind of my strategy this week. And to have absolute great touch on the greens and around the greens is a must if you're going to have a chance here."
Belen Mozo, 25, was one of the many LPGA players to walk inside the ropes during the men's U.S. Open.
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Mozo has had a solid season this year with several top-10 finishes.
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Lucy Li, 11, is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history.
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She spoke to the media before the tournament: "I think the course is great. It's in awesome condition. The greens are running perfectly and there's not much rough. The fairways are nice and firm and it's pretty great.
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The best part of her pre-tournament week? "Coolest moment? I guess when I met Webb Simpson Thursday."