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1946 Patty Berg wins the first US Women's Open at Spokane Country Club, Washington, defeating Betty Jameson 5&4 over 36 holes in the final - the first and only time the Championship has been decided by match play. Berg's prize money was $5,600 paid in War Bonds.
The Championship was recognised as a major (and became the 6th of Berg's 15) in 1950 when the LPGA was founded, the event having been organised by Women's Professional Golfers Association (WPGA) for the first three years. In 1946, the 39-woman field was first reduced to 32 (6 pros and 26 amateurs) by 36 holes of stroke play before entering the match play stages.

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