Lydia Ko chasing Canadian Open defence
BY Bruce Young | LPGA Tour | 2013 CN Canadian Women's Open | Preview | 21 Aug 2013
The LPGA Tour plays its first event on North American soil in more than a month when the CN Canadian Women’s Open is played at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton in Alberta.
The Royal Mayfair Golf Club earned its Royal title in 2005 and two years later staged the Canadian Women’s Open for the second occasion.
16 year old New Zealander, Lydia Ko, is the defending champion, having defeated the current world number one Inbee Park by three shots in Vancouver last year, claiming the first of what will likely be many LPGA Tour victories in the process.
Ko, who is the 19th ranked player in the world despite having still to turn professional, has not missed a cut in the twelve professional events she has played this season, winning one in her own national open in Christchurch and recording six other top tens.
Scheduling prevented Ko from defending her US Amateur title last month but she stands a very good chance of defending her Canadian Open victory. Ko played the Women’s British Open the week immediately before the US Women’s Amateur – perhaps scheduling by the event promoters and the Ladies Golf Union that needs to be addressed.
She faces a very strong field if she is to do so including the world number one and two Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb and the remainder of the top ten.
Nearly every member of both the USA and European Solheim Cup sides are also in the field.
After their sound defeat at the Solheim Cup the Americans will be keen to regain some lost ground with a defeat although with only one player inside the top ten that may well be easier said than done.
That one player is of course Stacy Lewis who is coming off her victory at the Women’s British Open prior to the Solheim Cup.
Australians are again headed by Karrie Webb who has risen to number 6 in the world despite missing the cut at the British Open. She had of course the week before at the Ladies European Masters.
Katherine Hull-Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Lindsey Wight, Sarah Kemp, Julia Boland and Breanna Elliott are other Australians in the field.