Top Storylines for the CN Canadian Women's Open

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Lydia Ko of New Zealand is doused with water in celebration of her three shot victory during the final round of the Canadian Women's Open at The Vancouver Golf Club on August 26, 2012 in Coquitlam, Canada.

Week of August 19, 2013
CN Canadian Women’s Open
Royal Mayfair Golf Club
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

(Note: Edmonton is 2 hours behind Eastern Time Zone)

 

Top Storylines

Europeans coming to Canada off Solheim Cup rout
All 12 members of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team will be coming to Edmonton this week on a victory procession after dominating the United States in Parker, Colorado 18-10. The win marked the first time in the event’s history that Europe won on U.S. soil and set a record for largest margin of victory.

Caroline Hedwall will try to continue her stellar play from her impressive performance at Colorado Golf Club where she became the first player in Solheim Cup history to go 5-0 in competition. Hedwall, who is in her third season on the LPGA Tour, has five career top-10 finishes may have gotten the boost she needed. The Swede has eight professional wins worldwide including five on the Ladies European Tour but has yet to break into the winner’s circle on the LPGA Tour.

Seventeen-year old Ladies European Tour member Charley Hull broke out on the international stage last week when she became the youngest player in Solheim Cup history and posted a 2-1-1 record in her debut. Hull was one of the major surprises of the weekend and trounced American stalwart Paula Creamer in singles competition on Sunday 5&4. The Kettering, England native already has four runner-up finishes in her first nine starts in her rookie season on the LET. She will be playing this week at Royal Mayfair on a sponsor exemption.

Eleven of the 12 members of the U.S. team are schedule to compete this week including Rolex Rankings No. 2 Stacy Lewis who went 1-2-1 last week in Parker. Lewis, who has three victories already in 2013, won the Tour’s last stroke-play event and major championship at the RICOH Women’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Fellow U.S. Team member Michelle Wie will also be playing in Canada and etched her name on the prestigious list of champions when she won her second-career victory in 2010 at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg.

Ko plays in first title defense
Lydia Ko, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world, will make her way back to Canada this week to defend her first LPGA Tour win at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. The New Zealand native rewrote the Tour’s record books last year when she became the youngest winner in LPGA history at 15 years and four months old. She finished the week at 13-under-par in Vancouver and three strokes ahead of Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park. Ko, who is now 16 years old and has another year of competing in professional events under her belt, should be in prime form to go for win No. 2. This will be her 10th appearance in an LPGA Tour event this season and has four top-10 finishes including a season-best third-place at the season-opening ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open.

Ko joined a notable list of champions which includes LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famers Annika Sorenstam (2001), Beth Daniel (2003), 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup Team captain Meg Mallon (2002 & 2004), 27-time LPGA Tour winner Lorena Ochoa (2007).

Park back in action
Twenty-two of the top 25 players in the Rolex Rankings will be in Edmonton this week including all 10 players in the top-10. No. 1 Inbee Park will try to continue her stellar play this season and will be looking for her seventh victory in 2013.

She’ll be coming off of two weeks’ rest after a T42 finish at the Tour’s last stop at the RICOH Women’s British Open where she fell short of her quest to become the first professional golfer to win four major championships in one season. The South Korean hasn’t historically played well in the Canadian Open and didn’t finish in the top-20 in five tries before her runner-up finish last year which earned her the $300,000 winner’s check due to Ko’s amateur status. She finished T26 in 2007 during her rookie season when the event was last held at Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

Results in CN Canadian Women’s Open
Year  Finish  Rounds & Total  Money
2007 T26 75-68-69-69= 281 $18,041
2008 T21 70-72-71-75=288  $23,305
2009 T24 68-74-69-71=282 $26,008
2010 T28 74-74-70-69= 287 $18,941
2011 CUT 73-71= 144 NA
2012 2 68-71-70-69=278 $300,000


Park, who won the first three majors of the year, has dominated the Tour statistically and ranks in the top-10 on Tour in nine categories. She has a 120 point lead over Stacy Lewis in the Player of the Year race and is the only player to hit the $2 million mark this season.

Statistics ranked in the top-10 on Tour in 2013

Stat Rank Year to Date
Official Money List  1st $2,147,619
Rolex Player of the Year 1st 281
Rounds in the 60’s  1st 32
Putts per GIR  1st 1.726
Scoring Average   2nd 69.793
Rounds Under Par  2nd 41
Birdies 2nd 245
Sub-Par Holes 3rd 250
Putting Average  7th 29.02

 

Showcase of the next generation
In addition to teen sensations Lydia Ko and Charley Hull, there will be a full showcase of young Canadian talent this week in Edmonton. Thirteen sponsor exemptions will be teeing it up with the world’s best female golfers including six amateurs. Smith Falls, Ontario native Brooke Henderson will be playing in her third LPGA Tour event this season and will look to improve on a T35 finish at the Manulife Financial Classic.

University of Alabama graduate and Paris, Ontario native Jennifer Kirby has had a strong start to her professional career and won her pro debut back in June at the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Quebec. She also played in Manulife Financial Classic last month and finished T41.  

August James (Bath, Ontario) will make her second appearance in the Canadian Women’s Open. The Golf Canada Team member became NC State’s first-ever ACC Freshman of the Year in 2012 and also landed a spot on the 2012 All-ACC Women’s Golf Team.

Back to Royal Mayfair
Royal Mayfair Golf Club will play host to the strong field of 156 players this week. It marks the first time the Edmonton-based course will host the LPGA since 2007 when it last held the Canadian Women’s Open. Lorena Ochoa won her 14th career LPGA Tour victory that week with a three-stroke win over Paula Creamer.

A total of 18 Canadian players are slated to play this week including 11 sponsor invites, five of which are Canadian amateurs.

Quick facts
August 22- 25
CN Canadian Women’s Open
Royal Mayfair Golf Club
Edmonton, Canada

Field: 156 (150 professionals, 6 amateurs)
Par:  35-35, 70
Yardage: 6403
Purse: $2,000,000
Winner:  $450,000
Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending champion: Lydia Ko

TV Times
Golf Channel
Aug 22  6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Aug 23  12:30 – 2:30 a.m.
Aug 24  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
July 25  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
All times Eastern

***This week’s field information: CN Canadian Women’s Open***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (16)  
Chie Arimura Felicity Johnson
Julia Boland Sara-Maude Juneau
Katie Burnett Moriya Jutanugarn
Esther Choe Taylore Karle
Lauren Doughtie Sue Kim
Breanna Elliott  Caroline Masson
Austin Ernst  Lisa McCloskey
Daniela Iacobelli   Brooke Pancake

  
Rolex Rankings
Top 10/10
Top 22/25

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 10/10
Top 20: 19/20
Top 50: 46/50

Past Champions
2012 Lydia Ko 2006 Cristie Kerr
2011 Brittany Lincicome 2005 Meena Lee
2010 Michelle Wie 2004 Meg Mallon
2009 Suzann Pettersen 2003 Beth Daniel
2008 Katherine Hull-Kirk 2002 Meg Mallon
2007 Lorena Ochoa 2001 Annika Sorenstam

Press conference schedule

Tuesday, August 20

11:00 a.m. Lydia Ko – defending champion & No. 1 ranked amateur

1:00 p.m. Inbee Park – Rolex Rankings No. 1 player & six-time winner on LPGA in 2013

1:30 p.m.  Lorie Kane – Four-time LPGA Tour winner and CN ambassador

Wednesday, August 21

TBD
Stacy Lewis – Rolex Rankings No. 2
Suzann Pettersen – Rolex Rankings No. 3 & 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open champ
Paula Creamer – Rolex Rankings No. 11

*Times are approximate and subject to change (all times are local in Edmonton)

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