U.S. Women's Open champion Cristie Kerr will defend her title at this week's CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta.
She and 155 other players from the LPGA Tour and the Canadian Tour will compete for the $337,500 winner's check. Kerr's 2006 win was her second of three titles that season, in which she surpassed $1 million in earnings for the third consecutive year.
It was a remarkable performance. Kerr overcame an eight stroke deficit in the final round to defeat Angela Stanford by one. It was Stanford's second runner-up finish to Kerr that season. She'll also be competing in Canada this weekend and, if her record this year is any indication, she'll likely be in contention. Stanford has nine top-10 finishes in 17 events.
The field this week also includes world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, who's fresh off her first major victory at the Women's British Open at St. Andrews, Brittany Lincicome and Michelle Wie, who will be competing in her first professional event in Canada and has been struggling all season with a wrist injury.
Her wrist is "a lot better," Wie said in a pre-tournament interview. "It's almost pain free, but obviously when I hit a bad shot or when it's really cold, it stings a little bit. It's still a little weaker than I want it to be, but it's definitely on the right road to recovery."
A strong performance this week would put Kerr past $1 million in season earnings with 11 events remaining, including the ADT Championship, which carries a $1 million winner's purse. Kerr qualified for the event by winning the 2007 U.S. Women's Open. This week's winner will also get a spot in the ADT Championship.
The CN Canadian Women's Open is the only LPGA Tour event in Canada.
August 15, 2007
Anyone looking back at the final scores of the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's will almost certainly come to the wrong conclusion that this was a comfortable three-shot win for Catriona Matthew. It was anything but as the seemingly imperturbable Scot struggled to hit a fairway throughout the final round and was only rescued by some superb recovery shots and a bunch of astonishing long putts.
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