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Sarah Kemp Qualifies for US Women's Open

Kemp earns start in her 3rd US Women's Open (Photo: Ladies European Tour )
Sarah Kemp has added her name to the list of Australians who will tee it up at the US Women's Open later this month after earning her place in the field via Sectional Qualifying on Saturday Australian time.

The NSW golfer will be among six Australians exempt for the $5 million event which tees off on May 31 at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Alabama.

Kemp, who no longer enjoys status on the LPGA Tour, finished runner-up at her qualifying venue at New Smyrna Beach in Florida to join compatriots Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Su Oh and Karrie Webb in the field for women's golf’s second major of 2018.

Kemp, 32, claimed one of the two spots on offer at her venue from a field of 60, continuing some of the good recent form she displayed when finishing runner-up in a Ladies European Tour event in Morocco late last month.

Lee, Kirk, Smith and Oh earned their way into the field courtesy of their standing on the 2017 LPGA Tour money list and Webb, a two-time winner of the event, received a special exemption from the USGA.

Two-time winner Webb earns special exemption 

Webb won consecutive Women’s US Opens in 2000 and 2001 among her 7 major championship titles and 41 LPGA Tour victories.

Despite now being 124th in the Rolex World Rankings, the invitation by the USGA is a deserved tribute to one of female golf’s best-ever players and arguably Australia’s greatest of either gender.

Interestingly, Shoal Creek and Australian golf have a successful history with Wayne Grady winning his PGA Championship there in 1990.

South Korean Sun Hyung Park will defend the title she won in 2017, the most recent LPGA Tour winner one of six from her country to win the event in the last ten years.  

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