2023 US Women's Open format, cut rules and playoff format

2023 US Women’s Open format, cut rules and playoff format

A photo of golfer Rose Zhang Rose Zhang poses with the trophy after winning the during the final match at the 2021 U.S. Girls' Junior at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md. on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Kathryn Riley/USGA)

The 2023 US Women's Open format remains unchanged this year, with the PGA Tour event played at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The 2023 US Women's Open field is 156 players.

The US Women's Open field is made up of players who get in off the USGA's eligibility criteria for this event, as well as players who got through open qualifying.

US Women's Open format

The US Women's Open format is a 72-hole event. The field is divided into threesomes for the first two rounds. For the first two rounds, the threesomes remain paired together.

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In the first two rounds, the threesomes (and one twosome) will have a tee time in the morning wave and the afternoon wave on the tee sheet. Each threesome will also start one round on the first tee and the other on the 10th tee, with the field evenly split each day between morning and afternoon, as well as first- and 10th-tee starts.

A cut is made after 36 holes to the top 60 players and ties. All players who make the cut are eligible to finish the event.

For the third and fourth rounds, the pairings and tee times are made based on each player's total score through two and three rounds, respectively. Players with the highest total score go first, then in descending order until the two players with the lowest total score in the final group.

The player with the lowest total score after 72 holes is the winner and will earn the 2023 US Women's Open winner's share of the purse.

The winning player will earn 650 Race to the CME Globe points and will earn 100 Rolex Women's World Golf Ranking points.

US Women's Open playoff format

A playoff to settle any ties after 72 holes will be played under USGA rules. The US Women's Open playoff format is an aggregate-score format played over two holes. If a player has the lowest score among the playoff contestants after the two holes, then they are declared the winner. Otherwise, the US Women's Open playoff competitors compete hole-by-hole until a winner is determined by a player scoring the lowest among the remaining players.

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