US Women’s Open: British and Irish contenders at Southern Pines | Golf News

The US Women’s Open is the second of five women’s majors on a packed 2022 schedule; World number 1 Jin Young Ko headlines the event and Yuka Saso returns as defending champion – watch live this week on Sky Sports

Last update: 2/6/22 2:08 p.m.

Georgia Hall competes in its seventh US Open

The 77th US Women’s Open kicks off Thursday at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and you can watch all the action live on Sky Sports.

There are 11 former winners competing in North Carolina, including defending champion Yuka Saso and Nelly Korda, who is making her first appearance since February.

World number one Jin Young Ko is trying to win her third career major while three-time US Open champion Annika Sorenstam returns for her first appearance since 2008.

And there are also a number of British and Irish hopefuls hoping to make a splash…

Gemma Dryburgh

The 28-year-old bows out at the US Open after winning a qualifying match in Georgia in early May, where she finished six under par.

She maintained that good form by reaching the last eight of the Women’s Matchplay in Las Vegas.

Dryburgh has three professional victories, including two on the Rose Ladies Series in 2020, despite having been on the LPGA Tour since 2018.

Louise Duncan

Another Scotswoman making her US Open debut, Duncan earned her spot by winning the Women’s Amateur Championship last summer.

The 24-year-old impressed with a 10th-place finish at The Open Championship 2021 and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup.

Annabell Fuller

Fellow amateur Fuller shot a three-under 137 at the University of Florida, where she is currently studying, earning her a berth at Southern Pines.

Fuller, who will make his third Curtis Cup appearance in Pennsylvania on June 10, was one of only three amateurs to qualify for the Carnoustie Open last year. She also represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup.

Georgia Room

The 2018 Open champion arrives in fine form, having won the Saudi Ladies International by five strokes in March and finished tied for 13th in the Chevron Championship.

Hall earned her first victory on American soil at the Portland Classic last September, beating Ashleigh Buhai in the playoffs. His US Open record isn’t very pleasant to read, however, missing the cut in four of his previous six appearances.

Lydia Room

Hall is playing in his first US Open after winning a five-to-one playoff on the extra fifth hole at Buckingham Golf Club.

The 34-year-old has recorded four professional wins, including the 2012 British Masters.

charley hull

The experienced Hull is making her eighth US Open appearance and finished tied for 10th at Shoal Creek in 2018.

A one-over-par finish saw the 26-year-old fall to a tie for 25th in the Chevron Championship, but she cracked the top-10 at the Aramco Team Series in Bangkok in May.

Bronte’s Law

Winner of the LPGA Tour in 2019, Law was also part of the winning team of the European Solheim Cup the same year.

She appears at the US Open for the fourth time while her first professional victory came on the LPGA Tour in 2019. Law also won the Dubai Moonlight Classic last year, but a tie for 18th in the championship PGA 2018 remains his best result at a major tournament.

Leona Maguire

The Irishman has failed to make the cut in her previous three US Open appearances, but will be encouraged by her showing at the Chevron Championship, where she finished tied for 39th at two under par.

Maguire earned his first LPGA Tour victory last February at the Drive On Championship and is aiming for a major breakthrough.

Stephanie Prairie

Meadow had a memorable professional debut at the 2014 US Open when she finished third behind Michelle Wie West and Stacy Lewis.

The two-time Olympian is playing at the US Open for the seventh time and 2014 remains the only time she has made the cut. The last of his two pro wins came at the 2019 Handa Invitational in his native Northern Ireland.

Mel Reid

Reid made the cut at last year’s US Open for just the second time in six appearances, but consecutive rounds of 78 have seen her fall in the standings.

A six-time European Tour winner, Reid earned his first LPGA Tour success of 2020 at the LPGA Classic. She also participated in four Solheim Cup teams.

Watch the US Women’s Open all week long live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins Thursday from 6 p.m. on Sky Sports Mix.

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