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US Women's Open - The field is wide open

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The 72nd US Women's Open at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey is under way. With a wide open field, the bets are on as to who will win the 3rd major of the season. With 17 different winners at the first 18 LPGA tournaments since the start of the season, three world number 1s in under a month, plus a heatwave forecast, it is extremely difficult to make an assumption about the victor. Here is an overview of the contenders.

Brittany Lang, winner of last year's US Women's Open, will have her work cut out if she hopes to retain her title, especially as the American has shown a little drop in form at the season's midway point. So who could succeed her? At the top of the world rankings, the titles and fine performances produced by the leaders say a great deal about their intentions. So Yeon Ryu, currently in the number 1 spot, Ariya Jutanugarn or Lexi Thompson, respectively 2nd and 3rd in the world, have stayed stationed at the outposts as the tournaments go by.
We could see a fine battle between them, which would also place them at the top of rankings for the Rolex Annika Major Award, currently led by So Yeon Ryu (winner of the ANA Inspiration, the 1st major of the season) and Danielle Kang (winner of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the 2nd major of the season).

Some are also mentioning Michelle Wie's name. After weeks of not making the cut, the player who won the US Women's Open 2014 at Pinehurst admits that her confidence is back following five Top 5 finishes since the start of the year.

And how about taking a look at the young guard of amateurs? With 21 amateur players in the field, including the two youngest players in the tournament (Rachel Heck and Anne Chen, aged 15), the amateurs are out in force, ready to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Catherine Lacoste, the last amateur to win the event in 1967. So, could it be Eun Jeong Seong, currently dominating US amateur golf, or Leona Maguire, amateur world number 1?

Either way, the battle promises to be an exciting one.