Record Number of Entries Accepted for U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links
13 champions among 2,107 vying to compete in 78th edition of the championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 4, 2023) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted a record total of 2,107 entries, including 13 champions and all top 25 players in the world, for the 78th U.S. Women’s Open Championship. The U.S. Women’s Open will be held for the first time at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, from July 6-9, 2023.

Entries surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time; the previous record of 1,874 was established last year at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, in Southern Pines, N.C. A total of 1,873 entries were filed for the 2015 championship at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club. The USGA accepted entries for the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open from golfers in 47 U.S. states and 62 foreign countries.

“The record number of entries is truly exciting and represents the worldwide interest in competing in the U.S. Women’s Open,” said USGA Chief Championships Officer John Bodenhamer. “Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of America’s iconic and treasured courses and will present a compelling championship venue that will bring out the best in the world’s greatest female players.”

Minjee Lee, of Australia, won last year’s U.S. Women’s Open with a championship record 72-hole total of 13-under-par 271 at Pine Needles and is one of 11 champions who are fully exempt from having to qualify. Joining Lee are Annika Sorenstam (1995, 1996, 2006), Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Michelle Wie West (2014), In Gee Chun (2015), Brittany Lang (2016), Sung Hyun Park (2017), Ariya Jutanugarn (2018), Jeongeun Lee6 (2019), A Lim Kim (2020) and Yuka Saso (2021).

World No. 1 Nelly Korda, of Bradenton, Fla., is among 87 exempt players currently in the field. Korda will compete in her ninth U.S. Women’s Open, with her best result an eighth-place finish in 2022.

To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4, or be a professional. Qualifying, which will be played over 36 holes at 23 sites in the U.S. and one each in Canada, Japan and Belgium, will take place between May 9-June 7.

Cristie Kerr, the 2007 champion, and 2010 champion Paula Creamer will attempt to qualify for the championship. Kerr, 45, and Creamer, 36, are scheduled to compete at Echo Lake Country Club, in Westfield, N.J., on May 15.

The championship’s youngest entrant is 9-year-old Bella Simoes, an amateur from Brazil. Kimberly Williams, a 60-year-old professional from Bethesda, Md., is the oldest. Heather MacRae, a 39-year-old professional from Scotland, was the first entrant on Feb. 15. Michelle Latini, a 29-year-old professional from Lincoln, Calif., submitted her entry 6 minutes, 29 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 3.

The number of fully exempt players is expected to increase with the inclusion of additional categories. The winner of any LPGA co-sponsored event prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open will earn an exemption. Additionally, any player who is among the top 75 points leaders and ties from the Rolex World Rankings as of July 3, who is not otherwise exempt, will be added to the championship field. The winner of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Division I Championship will also earn an exemption.

Pebble Beach Golf Links has previously hosted six U.S. Opens (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2019), five U.S. Amateurs (1929, 1947, 1961, 1999, 2018) and two U.S. Women’s Amateurs (1940, 1948).

More information about the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links, including the qualifying schedule, is available at

The list of the 87 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open (as of May 4):

Marina Alex


Minami Katsu


Anna Nordqvist

Na Rin An


Haruka Kawasaki


Ryann O'Toole

Aditi Ashok


Megan Khang


Min Ji Park

a-Saki Baba


A Lim Kim


Sung Hyun Park

a-Jessica Baker


Grace Kim


Paula Reto

Celine Boutier


Hyo Joo Kim


Hae Ran Ryu

Ashleigh Buhai


Sei Young Kim


Madelene Sagstrom

a-Krissy Carman


Cheyenne Knight


Mao Saigo

Chella Choi


Jin Young Ko


Lizette Salas

Hye-Jin Choi


Lydia Ko


Yuka Saso

In Gee Chun


Jessica Korda


Jodi Ewart Shadoff

a-Monet Chun


Nelly Korda


Hinako Shibuno

Carlota Ciganda


Jennifer Kupcho


Jiyai Shin

Allisen Corpuz


Brittany Lang


Annika Sorenstam

Gemma Dryburgh


Bronte Law


Angela Stanford

Ally Ewing


Alison Lee


Maja Stark

Ayaka Furue


Andrea Lee


Patty Tavatanakit

Linn Grant


Da Yeon Lee


Atthaya Thitikul

Hannah Green


Minjee Lee


Lexi Thompson

Georgia Hall


Mirim Lee


Momoko Ueda

Mina Harigae


So Mi Lee


Lilia Vu

Nasa Hataoka


Jeongeun Lee6


Michelle Wie West

Brooke Henderson


Hee Joeng Lim


Miyu Yamashita

Charley Hull


Xiyu Lin


Amy Yang

Mone Inami


Gaby Lopez


Angel Yin

Chisato Iwai


Nanna Koertz Madsen


Ruoning Yin

Eun-Hee Ji


Leona Maguire


Yuri Yoshida

Ariya Jutanugarn


Jill McGill


a-Yana Wilson

Danielle Kang


Yuna Nishimura


a-Rose Zhang

Bold – U.S. Women’s Open champion   a-amateur

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