1996 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 1996 U.S. Women's Open was the 51st time this major championship was played. The winner was Annika Sorenstam, still early into her professional career but, with this win, a 2-time USWO champ.

Winner: Annika Sorenstam, 272

Where it was played: Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Tournament dates: May 30-June 2, 1996

Leaders after first round: Beth Daniel, Kim Williams, 69

Leader after second round: Annika Sorenstam, 137

Leader after third round: Annika Sorenstam, 206

What Happened in the 1996 U.S. Women's Open

Annika Sorenstam won the U.S. Women's Open for the second year running in 1996, setting a tournament scoring record in the process.

Sorenstam took the lead with a 67 in the second round. A 69 in Round 3 gave her a three-stroke advantage heading into the final round. And in that final round, Sorenstam scored 66 to win by six strokes over runner-up Kris Tschetter.

Sorenstam's 272 total set a USWO 72-hole scoring record that was tied several times over the coming decades but was not beaten until Minjee Lee posted 271 in the 2022 U.S. Women's Open (which was also played at Pine Needles). Sorenstam's 66 in the final round also tied the tournament record (since broken) for lowest final-round score by the winner.

Sorenstam's very first LPGA Tour victory was in the prior year's U.S. Women's Open. She was the sixth golfer in tournament history to win this title in consecutive years. And this win was just the fourth (of an eventual 72) overall of Sorenstam's LPGA Tour career.

Forty-five-year-old Pat Bradley, 1981 winner and overall 6-time major winner, tied for third place. This was her last Top 10 finish in any major.

Karrie Webb, winner of the 2000 and 2001 U.S. Women's Opens, tied for 19th place in her first appearance in this major. The low amateur was Cristie Kerr, who went on to win the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, also played at Pine Needles.

This was the first time that Pine Needles served as the host golf course for a U.S. Women's Open. The North Carolina facility eventually held the tournament record for most times as the U.S. Women's Open host site.

1996 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

Annika Sorenstam70-67-69-66—272
Kris Tschetter70-74-68-66—278
Pat Bradley74-70-67-69—280
Jane Geddes71-69-70-70—280
Brandie Burton70-70-69-71—280
Laura Davies74-68-70-69—281
Catrin Nilsmark72-73-68-69—282
Cindy Rarick73-70-72-68—283
Liselotte Neumann74-69-70-70—283
Val Skinner74-68-71-70—283
Tammie Green72-70-69-72—283
Jenny Lidback70-76-68-70—284
Alison Nicholas74-70-74-67—285
Patty Sheehan74-71-72-69—286
Stefania Croce72-70-74-70—286
Cindy Schreyer74-70-70-72—286
Maggie Will71-72-70-73—286
Michele Redman70-73-69-74—286
Cathy Johnston-Forbes72-75-71-69—287
Meg Mallon77-68-72-70—287
Karrie Webb74-73-68-72—287
Beth Daniel69-78-68-72—287
Wendy Ward76-68-71-72—287
Mayumi Hirase74-69-69-75—287
Michiko Hattori74-71-74-69—288
Kim Williams69-78-69-72—288
Becky Iverson73-71-71-73—288
Nancy Harvey72-71-69-76—288
Karen Weiss74-72-73-70—289
Susie Redman73-73-71-72—289
Rosie Jones71-70-76-72—289
Tracy Kerdyk73-72-69-75—289
Emilee Klein71-69-73-76—289
Caroline McMillan72-75-73-70—290
Juli Inkster74-71-71-74—290
a-Cristie Kerr73-73-76-69—291
Gail Graham72-70-76-73—291
Hiromi Kobayashi77-71-69-74—291
Sherri Steinhauer72-73-71-75—291
Kim Saiki-Maloney73-70-73-75—291
Barb Mucha74-71-70-76—291
Kristi Albers75-73-73-71—292
Cathy Mockett75-70-75-72—292
Julie Piers73-72-75-72—292
Missie McGeorge71-76-72-73—292
Michelle McGann72-73-74-73—292
Ikuyo Shiotani75-71-71-75—292
Joan Pitcock71-71-72-78—292
Kate Golden74-74-71-74—293
Jill McGill74-74-71-74—293
Trish Johnson71-72-74-76—293
Danielle Ammaccapane75-72-74-73—294
Catriona Matthew71-73-76-74—294
Stephanie Farwig73-75-75-72—295
Jan Stephenson77-70-75-73—295
Michelle Bell72-75-73-75—295
a-Marisa Baena76-72-68-79—295
Kelly Robbins76-72-74-74—296
Sherri Turner75-73-73-75—296
Christa Johnson74-74-71-77—296
Eva Dahllof75-70-80-75—300
Nina Foust77-69-76-78—300

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Bamberger, Michael. "Second Coming," Sports Illustrated, June 10, 1996, https://web.archive.org/web/20181029090236/https://www.si.com/vault/1996/06/10/213792/second-coming-with-her-double-in-the-womens-open-annika-sorenstam-invited-comparisons-with-another-back-to-back-open-champ-ben-hogan
LPGA.com. U.S. Women's Open, Past Winners, https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/us-womens-open/results?filters=1996
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United States Golf Association. U.S. Women's Open Records, https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/media/online-media-center/usga-records/u-s--women-s-open-records.html

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