So many changes can happen in just one year within the LPGA Tour. New faces join the organization, experienced professionals hit a wall and consistent players gain confidence, becoming leaders on Tour with persistence and determination.
At this year’s CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, spectators will experience elite athletes showcasing the best of their game. Some of this year’s strongest players competed in this tournament last year and missed the cut. Let’s see how their recent statistics will predict their success this year in Canada.
Celine Boutier is having a season to remember with three wins in 16 starts, including her first major title at The Amundi Evian Championship in her native country of France. Boutier has recorded at least six top-10 finishes in each of her last three seasons. According to KPMG Performance Insights, her consistency from tee to green has allowed her to make an average of three birdies per round, ranking in the top 50 of all players on Tour. This will be Boutier’s fourth time competing in Canada with her three previous appearances resulting in just two sub-70 rounds in 10 total rounds played. Her best finish is a tie for 25th that came in 2019.
|Top-10 Finishes||12: 3rd||6: T5|
|Strokes Gained Tee to Green||0.86: 40th||0.99: 38th|
|Birdie Average Per Round||3.93: 16th||3.35: T49|
|Putting Average – Putts Per GIR||1.75: T5||1.81: T63|
Minjee Lee is entering this week as one of only four active players to make the cut in every event played in 2023. Lee holds this accomplishment alongside Linn Grant, Nasa Hataoka and Hyo Joo Kim who all rank in the top 26 in the Race to the CME Globe standings. The strength of Lee’s game is her ability to hit greens in regulation consistently leading to double-digit numbers of birdies or better in all 13 events played this year. She has finished in the top 20 in eight of her last nine starts. This is Lee’s seventh appearance at the CPKC Women’s Open, and in her six previous starts, she has recorded 10 of 20 rounds in the 60s and three top-25 finishes. Her best result is a tie for fourth in 2018.
|Top-10 Finishes||6: T14||
|Strokes Gained Tee to Green||2.81: 4th||2.02: 9th|
|Birdie Average Per Round||4.24: 2nd||4.04: 4th|
|Putting Average – Putts Per GIR||1.79: T33||1.80: T46|
Jin Young Ko is continuing to perform at a high level this year, finishing in the top 30 11 times in 13 total starts this season. Ko has consistently ranked as one of the best putters on Tour with a six-year career average of 1.76 putts per green in regulation. She is averaging more than four birdies per round for a fourth season in her six-year LPGA Tour career. Ko has excelled in competition much like Lorena Ochoa did during her prime. She is averaging one win in every 6.6 events played or 15% of the time and has ranked as one of the top five players in the world for more than four consecutive years according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Ko has competed in the CPKC Women’s Open three previous times, recording eight of 10 rounds in the 60s with a total score to par of 35-under. Her 2019 win in Canada was her sixth win on Tour. Currently, Ko has earned 15 LPGA Tour wins including seven victories outside the United States.
|Jin Young Ko|
|Top-10 Finishes||5: T19||
|Strokes Gained Tee to Green||0.62: 59th||1.43: 21st|
|Birdie Average Per Round||3.58: T34||4.02: 5th|
|Putting Average – Putts Per GIR||1.79: T33||1.77: T14|
As the tournament excitement builds, fans wait with anticipation for the opportunity to see the best women compete for the trophy. By using course management, skill and precision, the 2023 winner will emerge victorious and add her name to a lengthy list of talented CPKC Women’s Open champions.