Only four players have ever won the U.S. Women’s Open in their championship debut. Patty Berg, of course, won the first edition in 1946 with a 5-and-4 victory over Betty Jameson in a 36-hole final. Kathy Cornelius (1956), Birdie Kim (2005) and In Gee Chun (2015) round out the impressive foursome.
This week’s 75th U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston features 41 first-timers, and given the number of break-out performances this year, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see a fifth name added to that list this year.
After all, there’s already a major winner making her USWO debut in 2019 AIG Women’s British Open champ Hinako Shibuno.
Here’s a look at some of the high-profile names on this year’s rookie list:
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