Karrie Webb’s record for the longest active streak at the U.S. Women’s Open will come to an end next week at 24. The seven-time major winner will miss a Women’s Open for the first time since her championship debut in 1996.
Paula Creamer, the 2010 USWO champ, won’t be at Champions Golf Club either, missing for the first time since 2003. Her streak will end at 17 consecutive appearances. This marks the final year of Creamer’s 10-year exemption into the championship after her stirring triumph at Oakmont.
China’s Shanshan Feng who, like Creamer, won’t compete on the LPGA at all this year, is skipping the USWO for the first time since 2007.
Here’s the craziest part of the USWO active streak list. After the 2020 championship, only three players will have longer active streaks than 25-year-old Lexi Thompson. Thompson qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open in 2007 at the tender age of 12 and, amazingly, hasn’t missed one since.
Thompson posted a career-best T-2 at last year’s USWO at the Country Club of Charleston. She has four career top-10 finishes in the event.
After this year’s championship, Cristie Kerr, the 2007 USWO champion, will top the longest active streak category with 23 appearances. Texans Angela Stanford (now at 20) and Brittany Lang (now at 15) will round out the top three.
Longest active streaks at U.S. Women’s Open
Karrie Webb (age 45) – 24*
Cristie Kerr (age 43) – 22
Angela Stanford (age 43) – 20
Brittany Lang (age 35) – 15
Paula Creamer (age 34) – 17*
Lexi Thompson (age 25) – 13
Amy Yang (age 31) – 13
Stacy Lewis (age 35) – 13
Shanshang Feng (31) – 13*
*not in the field this year