2012 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2012 U.S. Women's Open was the 67th time this major championship was played. It was the second time it was played at Blackwolf Run, and the winner followed in the footsteps of her hero, who won the same tournament on the same golf course 14 years earlier.

Winner: Na Yeon Choi, 281

Where it was played: Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin

Tournament dates: July 5-8, 2012

Leaders after first round: Cristie Kerr, Brittainy Lincicome, Lizette Salas, 69

Leader after second round: Suzann Pettersen, 139

Leader after third round: Na Yeon Choi, 208

What Happened at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open

A stellar third round helped Na Yeon Choi win the 2012 U.S. Women's Open, emulating her countrywoman and inspiration, Se Ri Pak. In 1998, Pak opened the door for Korean golfers on the LPGA Tour by winning the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin. Choi was one of the young girls back in Korea inspired by Pak's win to take up golf.

Here, 14 years later, playing on the same golf course, Choi joined Pak as a USGA champion.

Scoring was tough the first two rounds, with fewer than 10 rounds in the 60s recorded. One of those was a second-round 66 by Michelle Wie, which boosted her into a tie for second place. But Wie was not a factor on the weekend with scores of 78 and 80.

Scores generally went up throughout the field over the final two rounds, played in temperatures that approached or exceeded 100F. But Choi was scorching in a different way in the third round, shooting 65 — the low round of the tournament. That was one of only three scores in the 60s recorded in the final two rounds.

That third-round 65 propelled Choi to a 6-stroke advantage. She was on cruise control in the final round, shooting 73 and winning by four strokes. Amy Yang was the runnerup, with Sandra Gal third. Pak finished tied for ninth, her final Top 10 finish in this major. It was Choi's first major championship win, her sixth victory overall on the LPGA Tour.

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko, making not just her U.S. Women's Open debut but also her major championship debut, tied for 39th to earn low-amateur honors.

2012 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

Na Yeon Choi71-72-65-73—281
Amy Yang73-72-69-71—285
Sandra Gal71-70-74-74—289
Giulia Sergas74-71-73-72—290
Shanshan Feng74-74-71-71—290
Ilhee Lee72-71-77-70—290
Paula Creamer73-73-71-74—291
Mika Miyazato71-71-73-76—291
Cristie Kerr69-71-77-75—292
Se Ri Pak72-73-76-71—292
Suzann Pettersen71-68-78-75—292
Inbee Park71-70-76-75—292
Nicole Castrale73-70-74-75—292
Danielle Kang78-70-71-74—293
Lexi Thompson70-73-72-78—293
So Yeon Ryu74-71-74-74—293
Cindy LaCrosse73-74-74-72—293
Brittany Lincicome69-80-74-71—294
Vicky Hurst71-70-75-78—294
Hee Kyung Seo72-73-80-69—294
Jimin Kang72-72-78-73—295
Diana Luna76-72-76-71—295
Jennie Lee70-74-79-72—295
Brittany Lang73-74-77-71—295
Azahara Munoz73-73-73-76—295
Numa Gulyanamitta73-76-73-73—295
Yeon Ju Jung74-72-80-69—295
Ai Miyazato70-74-75-77—296
Pornanong Phatlum76-69-76-75—296
Mina Harigae77-71-75-73—296
Anna Nordqvist72-74-79-71—296
Jin Young Pak73-72-80-72—297
Sun Young Yoo76-72-81-68—297
Lizette Salas69-73-75-80—297
Michelle Wie74-66-78-80—298
Beatriz Recari70-75-76-77—298
Jenny Shin76-71-76-75—298
Jennifer Johnson76-70-76-76—298
Heather Bowie Young75-73-77-75—300
Jeong Jang73-72-75-80—300
Sakura Yokomine75-70-75-80—300
Katie Futcher73-75-74-78—300
Carlota Ciganda76-72-77-75—300
Jessica Korda74-71-75-80—300
a-Lydia Ko74-72-79-75—300
Stacy Lewis77-69-80-75—301
Jennifer Song72-74-81-74—301
Alison Walshe74-71-75-81—301
a-Emma Talley73-75-81-72—301
Karrie Webb75-72-81-74—302
Yani Tseng74-72-78-78—302
Melissa Reid79-69-75-79—302
Gerina Piller73-71-81-77—302
Angela Stanford75-71-81-76—303
Meena Lee71-78-76-78—303
Sophie Gustafson77-72-84-71—304
Katherine Kirk75-73-81-76—305
Dewi Claire Schreefel73-76-82-74—305
Angela Oh75-74-80-76—305
Ji-Hee Lee79-70-83-74—306
Kristy McPherson75-71-81-79—306
a-Alison Lee75-74-79-78—306
Lorie Kane76-73-82-76—307
Paige Mackenzie75-74-83-77—309
Sue Kim75-72-85-81—313

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