1998 U.S. Women's Open Winner and Scores

The 1998 U.S. Women's Open was the 53rd edition of this major championship. Se Ri Pak was the winner but only after an epic showdown with a college amateur that ended with 20 playoff holes.

Winner: Se Ri Pak, 290 (beat Jenny Chuasiriporn in playoff)

Where it was played: Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin

Tournament dates: July 2-6, 1998

Leaders after first round: Laura Davies, Kim Williams, 68

Leader after second round: Se Ri Pak, 139

Leader after third round: Se Ri Pak, 214

What Happened In the 1998 U.S. Women's Open

Se Ri Pak was not the first Korean winner on the LPGA Tour (that was Ok-Hee Ku). But when Pak, at just 20 years old, won the 1998 U.S. Women's Open in a dramatic playoff, she inspired a whole generation of young Korean girls to take up the game. It was a transformative victory, as the wave of Korean winners on the LPGA Tour over following decades proved.

Pak was in the lead at the halfway mark after opening 69-70. Following the third round, Park led the two golfers in second place, Mhairi McKay and 1988 U.S. Women's Open champ Liselotte Neumann, by one stroke.

McKay was never a factor in the final round, scoring 78 and falling to seventh. Neumann, on the other hand, was in it the whole way. She had a share of the lead midway through the final round. But she made bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12 and could only par in from there. Neumann finished one stroke out of the playoff. (This was her last Top 10 finish in the USWO.)

It was another golfer, though, who became Pak's main challenger and is now tied together with Pak in history. Duke University golfer Jenny Chuasiriporn began the final round tied for fourth place, four strokes behind Pak. But Pak shot 76 and Chuasiriporn 72 in the fourth round. And Chuasiriporn tied Pak on her final hole, forcing a playoff with a 40-foot birdie putt:

The playoff, scheduled for 18 holes, was still tied after both carded 73s. Pak and Chuasiriporn matched pars on the first extra hole (19th overall). Then, on the 20th overall playoff hole, Pak rolled in an 18-foot birdie to win the title.

Pak went on to a Hall of Fame career, recording 25 LPGA victories including five total major championship wins. At the time of this win, she was the youngest-ever U.S. Women's Open champion. Chuasiriporn went back to college where she was a 4-time All-American selection, but she never made it on the LPGA Tour.

1998 U.S. Women's Open Final Scores

Se Ri Pak69-70-75-76—290 (73-5-4)
a-Jenny Chuasiriporn72-71-75-72—290 (73-5-x)
Liselotte Neumann70-70-75-76—291
Danielle Ammaccapane76-71-74-71—292
Pat Hurst69-75-75-73—292
Christa Johnson72-70-76-74—292
Stefania Croce74-71-76-72—293
Tammie Green73-71-76-73—293
Mhairi McKay72-70-73-78—293
Trish Johnson73-71-77-73—294
Laura Davies68-75-78-74—295
Dottie Pepper71-71-78-75—295
Helen Alfredsson75-75-73-73—296
Carin Hjalmarsson72-74-77-73—296
Hollis Stacy76-68-82-71—297
Anna Acker-Macosko74-74-76-73—297
Brandie Burton74-72-77-74—297
Dina Ammaccapane75-70-78-74—297
Lorie Kane74-72-82-70—298
Jenny Lidback71-73-79-75—298
Rosie Jones74-74-74-76—298
Akiko Fukushima72-71-79-76—298
Lisa Walters76-70-74-78—298
Wendy Ward76-69-75-78—298
Donna Andrews70-75-75-78—298
Dana Dormann72-76-79-72—299
Nancy Scranton76-72-78-73—299
Michelle Estill75-74-76-74—299
Laurie Rinker75-71-77-76—299
Helen Dobson71-75-77-76—299
Kim Williams68-81-79-72—300
Penny Hammel71-79-77-73—300
Beth Daniel77-69-78-76—300
Karrie Webb76-73-73-78—300
Dale Eggeling71-72-79-78—300
Dawn Coe-Jones71-74-83-73—301
a-Isabelle Blais74-73-78-76—301
Kris Tschetter75-72-77-77—301
a-Brenda Corrie Kuehn70-72-80-79—301
Leslie Spalding69-74-78-80—301
Helen Wadsworth77-71-80-74—302
Emilee Klein72-75-80-75—302
Nanci Bowen72-74-80-76—302
Annika Sorenstam71-75-79-77—302
Barb Mucha70-74-75-83—302
Pat Bradley71-77-83-73—304
Patti Rizzo73-73-80-78—304
Pearl Sinn-Bonanni77-73-75-79—304
Kristi Albers75-74-79-77—305
Marilyn Lovander72-77-77-79—305
Michele Redman74-73-79-79—305
a-Kellee Booth75-73-77-80—305
Annette DeLuca77-73-74-81—305
Hiromi Kobayashi74-73-78-81—306
Marie-Laure de Lorenzi76-74-81-76—307
Stephanie Brecht74-75-79-80—308
Jan Stephenson73-77-82-77—309
Terry-Jo Myers73-77-80-79—309
a-Jo Jo Robertson74-75-81-80—310
Cristie Kerr74-74-82-81—311
Kristal Parker76-74-85-79—314
Kim Bauer71-76-85-84—316

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Associated Press. "Pak is youngest winner," Toledo Blade, July 7, 1998, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cEBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kgMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2322%2C2389123
LPGA.com. U.S. Women's Open, Past Winners, https://www.lpga.com/tournaments/us-womens-open/past-winners
Sirak, Ron. "Pak's 1998 U.S. Women's Open win changed 2 lives, inspired countless girls," https://www.uswomensopen.com/2023/articles/pak-s-1998-u-s--women-s-open-win-changed-2-lives--inspired-count.html
USGA.org. 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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