2005 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2005 U.S. Women's Open was the 60th time this major championship was played. It ended with a dramatic hole-out on the last hole and two amateurs tied for second place.

Winner: Birdie Kim, 287

Where it was played: Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Tournament dates: June 23-26, 2005

Leaders after first round: Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie (a), 69

Leader after second round: Nicole Perrot, 140

Leaders after third round: Morgan Pressel (a), Karen Stupples and Michelle Wie (a), 214

What Happened in the 2005 U.S. Women's Open

Amateurs Michelle Wie (age 15), Morgan Pressel (17) and Brittany Lang (19) were on the leaderboard. So was 18-year-old pro Paula Creamer. And LPGA star Lorena Ochoa made a back nine charge and held the lead with one hole to go in her round.

But in the end, it was unheralded (but properly named) Birdie Kim who stole the show and won the trophy. Kim won the 2005 U.S. Women's Open for not just her only win in a major, but the only LPGA victory of her career — her only professional win anywhere other than the Futures Tour.

The third-round co-leaders were Wie, Pressel and Karen Stupples. Creamer and Kim were in second place, one stroke behind. Ochoa wasn't in the Top 10.

But the very tough scoring conditions in the final round at Cherry Hills battered the contenders. Stupples, winner of the 2004 Women's British Open, had a 78. Creamer had a 79 and Wie an 82. But a 71 by amateur Brittany Lang moved her from outside the Top 10 at the start of the final round into the clubhouse lead at 5-over 289.

Ochoa went on a back-nine birdie binge, with birdies on the 10th, 11th, 13th and 16th. One of the LPGA's best but still looking for her first major title, as Ochoa stood on the 18th tee she was one stroke in front. But she hit a horrible drive that duck hooked into water and wound up with a quadruple bogey on the hole.

It came down to a question of whether Kim or Pressel could best Lang's clubhouse score. The final hole was producing many more bogeys than pars in the final round, and Kim's approach to the green landed in a greenside bunker. But with Pressel watching from the fairway one group behind, Kim blasted out of the bunker and watched her ball roll across the green and drop right into the hole.

Among all the contenders, Kim was the only one who managed to birdie the final hole. Most, including Pressel, who followed with a bogey, couldn't even par it. Pressel and Lang wound up tied for second place, two strokes behind Kim.

2005 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

Birdie Kim74-72-69-72—287
a-Brittany Lang69-77-72-71—289
a-Morgan Pressel71-73-70-75—289
Lorie Kane74-71-76-69—290
Natalie Gulbis70-75-74-71—290
Karine Icher69-75-75-72—291
Lorena Ochoa74-68-77-72—291
Candie Kung73-73-71-74—291
Young Jo74-71-70-76—291
Cristie Kerr74-71-72-75—292
Angela Stanford69-74-73-76—292
Karen Stupples75-70-69-78—292
Soo-Yun Kang74-74-74-71—293
Meg Mallon71-74-75-73—293
Heather Bowie Young77-73-69-74—293
a-Paige Mackenzie75-75-69-74—293
Tina Barrett73-74-71-75—293
Jamie Hullett75-72-70-76—293
Leta Lindley73-76-73-72—294
Rosie Jones73-72-74-75—294
Liselotte Neumann70-75-73-76—294
Paula Creamer74-69-72-79—294
Sarah Huarte74-76-73-73—296
Gloria Park74-75-74-73—296
Jennifer Rosales72-76-73-75—296
Laura Diaz75-73-72-76—296
Annika Sorenstam71-75-73-77—296
Helen Alfredsson72-73-74-77—296
Nicole Perrot70-70-78-78—296
a-Michelle Wie West69-73-72-82—296
Brittany Lincicome74-74-78-71—297
Karrie Webb76-73-73-75—297
Mi Hyun Kim72-73-76-76—297
Catriona Matthew73-72-75-77—297
Rachel Hetherington74-69-76-78—297
Wendy Ward74-74-75-75—298
Kim Saiki-Maloney74-73-74-77—298
Sarah Lee79-70-75-75—299
Juli Inkster77-71-75-76—299
Johanna Mundy74-73-75-77—299
Ilmi Chung75-71-76-77—299
a-Amanda McCurdy75-75-71-78—299
Aree Song77-70-72-80—299
Young Kim73-73-70-83—299
Se Ri Pak74-71-81-74—300
Nancy Scranton78-72-73-77—300
Dorothy Delasin80-69-77-75—301
Hee-Won Han75-72-75-79—301
Beth Bader75-74-71-81—301
a-Amie Cochran76-69-80-77—302
Jeong Jang76-73-75-78—302
Eva Dahllof78-72-76-77—303
Suzann Pettersen76-74-75-78—303
Stephanie Louden76-74-75-78—303
Katie Allison74-74-76-79—303
Kris Tschetter76-74-73-80—303
Grace Park76-72-74-81—303
Carri Wood78-72-78-76—304
Kaori Higo74-76-77-77—304
Katie Futcher73-76-76-79—304
Sophie Gustafson71-78-75-80—304
Candy Hannemann76-73-80-78—307
Jean Bartholomew73-77-81-78—309

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