Houston resident and two-time major winner Stacy Lewis highlights a group of 10 players added to the field for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA announced. The contest’s 75th edition is set for Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston. With qualifying rounds canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire 156-player field is made of up exempt players.
The 10 spots were filled using the 2020 LPGA money list (top 10 players, not otherwise exempt). Those players are: No. 7 Jasmine Suwannapura, No. 10 Stacy Lewis, No. 25 Jodi Ewart Shadoff, No. 33 Cydney Clanton, No. 37 Andrea Lee, No. 40 Mina Harigae, No. 42 Kelly Tan, No. 46 Perrine Delacour, No. 48 Xiyu Lin and No. 54 Lindsey Weaver.
WOO-HOO! I’M IN! So proud to share the news that I have officially EARNED an exemption into the field for the 75th @uswomensopen ! My first US Open since 2015! @tkreiter12 & I are so thankful to everyone who’s helped get us to here & we’re ready to take on another major!! pic.twitter.com/3cz0zhsEA1
— Mina Harigae (@minaharigae) October 28, 2020
Lewis, 35, won the Ladies Scottish Open in a playoff earlier this year for her 13th career LPGA title and first since giving birth to daughter Chesnee. This marks her 14th U.S. Women’s Open appearance. She tied for third as a newly-minted pro in 2008 and finished runner-up to Michelle Wie in 2014.
Lee, a rookie on the LPGA, will make her fourth USWO appearance and first as a pro. The 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner made the cut as an amateur at the 2019 Women’s Open at Charleston Country Club. The 22-year-old Stanford standout has two top-10 finishes in 2020’s abbreviated LPGA season.
Delacour will make her USWO debut this December. The Frenchwoman has posted three top 10s in 2020, including a third place at the 2020 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Weaver has made headlines since July for playing most of the season without a caddie. She was on the leaderboard well into the weekend at the AIG Women’s British Open, using a push cart in trying conditions at Royal Troon. The Dallas resident ultimately tied for 19th. This will be Weaver’s third USWO appearance, with her first coming in 2015 as an amateur.
In Houston, Weaver will have two tracks to learn in short order with both the Cypress Creek Course and Jackrabbit Course being used for the championship due to reduced daylight.
Last month, the USGA announced that the Women’s Open would not have fans on site due to the ongoing pandemic.