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2021 U.S. Women’s Open Preview

On the Range Blog

The 2021 U.S. Women’s Open is heading to a big-time venue with a big-time field in 2021 and there are four Canadians teeing it up.

This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will be contested at San Francisco’s Olympic Club. A long-time host of many of the men’s majors (including five U.S. Open championships), it will also host the 2028 PGA Championship and the 2032 Ryder Cup.

However, this week marks the first time that the women will tee it up on the famed California layout. Even Webb Simpson, who won the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, said he was excited to see the best women in the world have a chance to take on the course – known for its tight fairways and impressive topography. He spoke with the United States Golf Association’s director of player relations Jason Gore earlier in 2021 about the approach shots he had to hit and how they’re planning to give the women a similar set up.

“If I was hitting a 6-iron, (the USGA hopes to) set them up to where it's going to be similar for (the women) because it was such a perfect test,” Simpson told

“So, obviously the ladies' strength is accuracy, which will help them on a U.S. Open-style golf course. I think for them the key is going to be, can they hit their approach shots high enough to hold the greens? But I'm sure they will be prepared.”

As U.S. Women’s Open week begins, so does the preparation for the four Canadians in the field who are

The foursome is, of course, led by Brooke Henderson.

Brooke Henderson, LPGA Tour Professional

Brooke Henderson, LPGA Tour Professional

Henderson won the last LPGA Tour event contested in California – the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open in late April – and enjoys playing golf courses like Olympic. The old-school, tree-lined layout should be agreeable to Henderson’s game, despite the fact that she truly struggled at the LPGA’s match play event last week in Las Vegas, failing to advance out of the Round Robin stage.

But Henderson is still Canada’s top-ranked golfer (male or female) and is looking for her second career major championship title. Her victory in California last month was her 10th LPGA Tour title – a record for Canadians – and she is solidly ranked inside the top 10 in the world. She’s hoping to climb the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard and contend at another major championship.

The remaining three Canadians in the U.S. Women’s Open field all got into this year’s championship in various ways.

Noemie Pare of Victoriaville, Quebec and Megan Osland of Kelowna, B.C. both earned starts in the U.S. Women’s Open via qualifiers. Pare, a member of Team Canada’s amateur squad, qualified at the Dedham Golf & Polo Club in Massachusetts. This mark’s Pare’s first major championship start.

Osland qualified at the Oceanside Country Club event, in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Toronto rounds out the Canadian foursome.

Lee-Bentham, who retired from golf five years ago, earned the third and final spot available at another qualifier at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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