Women invites to US Open. Why Not?


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The USGA should be exempting 3 women to play in the US Open!

The start of Masters Golf Tournament prompted me to again feel the urge to advocate for the USGA to exempt last year's USGA Women's Open Champion and the top two ranked LPGA tour leaders to play in the US Open.  This would make the tournament infinitely more exciting for many viewers, especially some younger female golfers.  Lists of players currently exempt from qualifying that have less of a chance of being competitive than the players I think should be in the tournament include:USGA Women Exempt

  • Winner of the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur 
  • Winner of the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur 
  • Winner and Runner-up of 2017 U.S. Amateur
  • Winner of the 2017 Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A
  • Winner of the 2017 McCormack Medal, given to the top player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Winner of the USGA Senior Open
  • The two players chosen for the Special Exemptions as selected by the USGA.
  • The people in the 50 - 60th places of the OWGR
It is time for the USGA to invite these qualified individuals to the championship.  Contact the USGA and tell them they need to do it this year!  USGA Facebook Page - send message

Additional thought:  There are about 100 male golfers that get the opportunity to compete for the $2.2 million dollar prize in the US Open without having to take the chance of getting a bad bounce in the qualifying rounds.  Why aren't the best female golfers given that opportunity?  

The U.S. Open 2017 purse increased to $12 million    
Winner: $2.16 million
Runner-up: $1.3 million
3rd: $804,023
4th: $563,642
5th: $469,460
6th: $416,263
7th: $375,278
8th: $336,106
9th: $304,188
10th: $279,403
11th: $254,981
12th: $235,757
13th: $219,677
14th: $202,751
15th: $188,243
16th: $176,153
17th: $166,481
18th: $156,809
19th: $147,137
20th: $137,464
21st: $129,122
22nd: $120,780
23rd: $112,680
24th: $105,184
25th: $98,655
26th: $93,094
27th: $88,862
28th: $85,114
29th: $81,487
30th: $77,860
31st: $74,233
32nd: $70,606
33rd: $66,979
34th: $63,715
35th: $61,055
36th: $58,395
37th: $55,856
38th: $53,438
39th: $51,020
40th: $48,602
41st: $46,184
42nd: $43,766
43rd: $41,348
44th: $38,930
45th: $36,512
46th: $34,336
47th: $32,159
48th: $30,104
49th: $28,895
50th: $27,686
51st: $26,961
52nd: $26,356
53rd: $25,872
54th: $25,631
55th: $25,389
56th: $25,147
57th: $24,905
58th: $24,663
59th: $24,422
60th: $24,180
61st: $23,938
62nd: $23,696
63rd: $23,454
64th: $23,213
65th: $22,971
66th: $22,729
 The other 76 professionals that competed in the 2017 U.S. Open but missed the cut each take home $10,000.

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