Se Ri Pak receives special exemption for US Women's Open

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FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Retiring South Korean great Se Ri Pak has received a special exemption from the U.S. Golf Association to play in the U.S. Women's Open.

The USGA announced the exemption Wednesday for the July 7-10 event at CordeValle in San Martin, California. Pak won the 1998 tournament at Blackwolf Run in a 20-hole playoff against amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn, a victory that inspired many young South Koreans players.

Hampered by left shoulder problems, he 38-year-old Hall of Famer said in March that she will leave the LPGA Tour at the end of the season. She won the last of her 25 LPGA Tour titles in 2010.