The Youngest Major Champions in Women's Golf

By Nick Heidelberger

Yuka Saso hoists the U.S. Women's Open Trophy

When Yuka Saso sank her birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, she tied Inbee Park as the youngest-ever champion in the tournament’s 76-year history. Believe it or not, both players won at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days old.

Just weeks after Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a major, taking the 2021 PGA Championship at 50 years old, Saso became the seventh teenager to win a women’s major.

Lydia Ko is the youngest player to ever win any of the five LPGA majors, winning the 2015 Evian Championship at 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old. She is one of three 18-year-olds to win an LPGA major, joining Brooke Henderson, who was 18 years, 9 months, 2 days old when she won the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship (now the Chevron Championship).

Lexi Thompson, who held a 5-stroke lead heading to the ninth hole in the final round of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, now the Chevron Championship, at 19 years, 1 month and 27 days old. After her disappointing 2021 U.S. Open finish, Thompson is still in pursuit of her second major championship.

Of the five major championships in women’s golf, only the AIG Women’s Open doesn’t have a teenage champion in its history. Ji-yai Shin, the tournament’s youngest winner, was 20 years, 3 months and six days old when she won in 2008.

The Youngest LPGA Major Winners in History

Here is the list of the top-10 youngest major champions in women's golf history.

Rank Player Age Major
1 Lydia Ko 18 years, 4 months, 20 days 2015 Evian Championship
2 Brooke Henderson 18 years, 9 months, 2 days 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship
3 Morgan Pressel 18 years, 10 months, 9 days 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship
4 Lexi Thompson 19 years, 1 month, 27 days 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship
5 Yani Tseng 19 years, 11 months, 6 days 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship
T6 Inbee Park 19 years, 11 months, 17 days 2008 U.S. Women's Open
T6 Yuka Saso 19 years, 11 months, 17 days 2021 U.S. Women's Open
8 Sandra Post 20 years, 19 days 1968 LPGA Championship
9 Ji-yai Shin 20 years, 3 months, 6 days 2008 Women's Open
10 Se Ri Pak 20 years, 7 months, 19 days 1998 U.S. Women's Open

Youngest Winners of Each Women's Major Golf Championship

Major Winner Year Age
Chevron Championship* Morgan Pressel 2007 18 years, 10 months, 9 days
Women's PGA Championship** Brooke Henderson 2016 18 years, 9 months, 2 days
U.S. Women's Open Inbee Park, Yuka Saso 2008, 2021 19 years, 11 months, 17 days
Women's Open Championship Ji-yai Shin 2008 20 years, 3 months, 6 days
Evian Championship Lydia Ko 2015 18 years, 4 months, 20 days

*Previously called the Nabisco Dinah Shore (1983-99), Nabisco Championship (2000-01), Kraft Nabisco Championship (2002-14), ANA Inspiration (2015-21)

**Previously called the LPGA Championship from 1955-2014

About the Author

Nick Heidelberger is the Editor of GolfLink. He has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and has been an avid golfer for more than 10 years. In the years prior to joining GolfLink, he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America.