2003 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 2003 U.S. Women's Open was the 58th time this major championship was played. The winner, after a 3-way, 18-hole playoff, was one of the unlikeliest major championship winners of all-time.

Winner: Hilary Lunke, 283

Where it was played: Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow Course) in North Plains, Oregon

Tournament dates: July 3-7, 2003

Leader after first round: Mhairi McKay, 66

Leader after second round: Mhairi McKay, 136

Leader after third round: Hilary Lunke, 208

What Happened in the 2003 U.S. Women's Open

Hilary Lunke won exactly one time on the LPGA Tour, and it was the 2003 U.S. Women's Open. In fact, Lunke never finished in the Top 10 in any other tournament on the LPGA Tour.

With a final-round 69, Kelly Robbins took the clubhouse lead at 1-under 283. Annika Sorenstam was at 1-under with one hole to play, but bogeyed No. 18. Angela Stanford birdied the 18th to tie Robbins.

Lunke reached the 18th also at 1-under, needing a birdie to win. She made a par, forging a three-way tied at 283 and forcing an 18-hole playoff the following day.

Lunke had the early lead in that playoff as both Robbins and Stanford stumbled out of the gate. Lunke led by four after six holes. But her two early birdies were matched by two later bogeys, and after the 12th hole her lead over both Robbins and Stanford was down to just one. When Stanford birdied the 14th, she tied Lunke (Robbins fell off the pace with a double bogey on the 13th).

Stanford and Lunke remained tied through the 16th hole, then Stanford bogeyed No. 17. But on the 18th hole, Stanford "made a bomb," in Lunke's words, rolling in a long putt for birdie. But Lunke then stepped up to her own putt and sank it, a 15-foot birdie for the win. Lunke finished the playoff at 70, Stanford at 71 and Robbins at 73.

Stanford went on to win a major at the 2018 Evian Championship. Robbins, already a major winner at the 1995 LPGA Championship, won nine times on the LPGA Tour but none after 1999. And Lunke retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008, during which she served as president of the tour but also missed the cut in all five of her tour starts. She made 17 starts in LPGA majors after this, making only four cuts.

The victory made Lunke the first golfer to win a U.S. Women's Open after going through local and sectional qualifying.

The low amateur was 17-year-old Aree Song, who tied for fifth place. Thirteen-year-old amateur Michelle Wie tied for 39th place in her USWO debut. She went on to win the 2014 U.S. Women's Open. Another 17-year-old amateur, Paula Creamer, winner of 2010 U.S. Women's Open, missed the cut in her major championship debut.

2003 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

p-Hilary Lunke71-69-68-75—283 (70)
Kelly Robbins74-69-71-69—283 (71)
Angela Stanford70-70-69-74—283 (73)
Annika Sorenstam72-72-67-73—284
a-Aree Song70-73-68-74—285
Jeong Jang73-69-69-75—286
Mhairi McKay66-70-75-75—286
Juli Inkster69-71-74-73—287
Rosie Jones70-72-73-73—288
Grace Park72-76-73-68—289
Suzann Pettersen76-69-69-75—289
Donna Andrews69-72-72-77—290
Jennifer Rosales74-69-76-73—292
Lorena Ochoa71-75-72-74—292
Cristie Kerr72-73-73-74—292
Rachel Hetherington71-73-72-76—292
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc73-69-74-76—292
Laura Diaz71-71-74-76—292
Natalie Gulbis73-69-72-78—292
Yuri Fudoh74-72-75-72—293
Beth Daniel73-69-77-74—293
Lorie Kane73-75-73-73—294
Christina Kim74-74-72-74—294
Catriona Matthew74-70-76-74—294
Leta Lindley73-69-77-75—294
Dorothy Delasin79-70-76-70—295
Paula Marti71-76-76-72—295
Danielle Ammaccapane74-74-73-74—295
Kelli Kuehne72-74-75-74—295
a-Jane Park76-73-74-73—296
Annette DeLuca71-73-78-74—296
a-Elizabeth Caron75-73-73-75—296
Ashli Bunch71-73-77-75—296
Mi Hyun Kim73-73-73-77—296
Giulia Sergas70-74-79-74—297
Stephanie Louden71-74-77-75—297
Kirsty Taylor71-75-73-78—297
Candy Hannemann75-69-73-80—297
a-Michelle Wie73-73-76-76—298
Michele Redman71-74-74-79—298
Heather Bowie Young76-71-72-80—299
Karen Stupples71-75-72-81—299
Karen Weiss74-74-78-74—300
Becky Morgan72-77-75-76—300
Beth Bauer75-73-76-76—300
Jamie Hullett71-76-77-76—300
Hee-Won Han79-69-74-78—300
Emilee Klein73-75-74-78—300
Sherri Turner73-75-72-81—301
Se Ri Pak77-72-71-82—302
a-Leigh Hardin75-68-86-74—303
a-Morgan Pressel70-78-78-78—304
Suzanne Strudwick72-73-83-77—305
Michele Vinieratos75-74-76-80—305
Alison Nicholas75-67-83-80—305
Yu Ping Lin73-75-76-82—306
a-Mollie Fankhauser77-72-80-78—307
a-Irene Coe71-75-75-87—308
Mardi Lunn74-72-82-81—309

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