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Before the U. S. Women's Open came to Blackwolf Run in 1998, the state had not hosted a major golf tournament since Gene Sarazen won the PGA Championship in 1933 at Blue Mound Country Club in suburban Milwaukee.

Since then, Wisconsin has hosted a series of men’s and women’s majors that has elevated the state’s golf image to new heights. The events include two PGA Championships and a U. S. Senior Open at nearby Whistling Straits and a U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills.

No one is happier about majors coming to the state than Wisconsin native Andy North, the two-time U. S. Open winner.

“Wisconsin is a great golf state. To get some majors to come to the state has been really fulfilling,” North said. “And to see the support our state gives these events has been spectacular. That’s why they keep coming back.”

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DIVOTS: Song-Hee Kim of South Korea withdrew because of a sore neck and back. She was replaced in the field by Cathryn Bristow of New Zealand, the second alternate from the Frisco, Texas, qualifying site. Bristow attended the University of Oregon. … Angel Yin, a 13-year-old from Arcadia, Calif., shot a 6-over 78. … Asked how much water she drank on the course Thursday, Wendy Ward said, “A case.”