18th hole Lancaster Country Club – image USGA

The most significant event in women’s golf, the US Women’s Open, begins Thursday at the Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania, with five Australians and two New Zealanders having earned the right to start the event.

Hannah Green heads the group in terms of current world ranking and, with two wins and a runner-up finish in eight starts this season, she looms as a genuine prospect to add a second major to her 2019 KPMG PGA Championship title.

This will be Green’s 6th US Women’s Open for a best of 13th last year.

2022 champion Minjee Lee heads the Australians in the field although her form has dropped off in recent weeks.

Lee plays her 11th US Women’s Open but other than her win in 2022 she has no other top tens.

After what had been a good start to 2004, Lydia Ko has also lost her form in recent weeks and she will need a significant reversal to win her first US Women’s Open and a third major title.

Ko is playing her 13th US Women’s Open but interestingly for a player of her undoubted class, she has only two top tens, the best of those when 3rd in 2016.

Gabi Ruffels keeps getting better in what is her rookie season. She leads the race for rookie of the year honours with three 3rd place finishes and has experience at the US Open despite being in her first year on the LPGA Tour. This will be Ruffels’ fifth US Open start with a best of 13th in 2020.

Ruffels led her qualifiers in Final Qualifying to earn a start and, after leading the money list on the secondary Epson Tour last year, she is beginning to realize her significant talent.

Stephanie Kyriacou also led the qualifiers at her Final Qualifying venue and will play her first US Women’s Open. The Sydney golfer has made six of nine cuts to date in what is her second full season on the LPGA Tour.

20 year old Victorian Keely Marx led the qualifiers at her venue and will play her first US Women’s Open. Now attending Iowa State University, the 2022 IMG World Junior Championship winner has done well to make the field.

New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey will play her 4th US Women’s Open although she has yet to make the weekend in any of those. After attending College in the US, Garvey is playing the secondary Epson Tour where she has missed six of seven cuts this season so to have led the qualifiers at Final Qualifying was quite an effort.