Golf Canada and partner Canadian Pacific have released the names of players comprising the star-studded field of competitors who are set to challenge for the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title.
Canada’s national women’s tournament happens from Aug. 18-24 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, ON.
The 156-player field features nine of the top 10 players as well as 48 of the top 50 players and 96 of the top 100 on the LPGA Tour Official Money List.
Two-time defending champion Lydia Ko headlines a field that includes LPGA stalwarts such as Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Azahara Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Angela Stanford and Jessica Korda.
The winner’s share of the $2.25 million US purse will be $337,500 US.
Eight of the event’s former champions will be competing at London Hunt, including the 17-year-old Ko, Lincicome (2011), Pettersen (2009), Katherine Hull-Kirk (2008), Cristie Kerr (2006), Meena Lee (2005), Karrie Webb (1999) and Laura Davies (1996).
Former champion and money list No. 2 Michelle Wie was forced to withdraw recently with a hand injury.
There will be 14 Canadians including two Team Canada Members looking to become the first Canadian to win a LPGA Tour event on home soil since Canadian golf legend Jocelyne Bourassa’s historic victory in 1973 at La Canadienne Golf Championship.
They include LPGA Tour players Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Richmond Hill, Jennifer Kirby of Paris, ON and Sue Kim of Langley.
Other Canadian hopefuls include Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault, QC, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Natalie Gleadall of Stratford, Erica Rivard of Tecumseh, ON and Jessica Wallace of Langley.
Two members of Team Canada will also go toe-to-toe with the world’s best golfers. They are National Amateur Squad members Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls and Jennifer Ha of Calgary.
Four additional spots into the field are to be determined tomorrow at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Monday Qualifier at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club.
Tickets for all tournament days of the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open are available with children aged 17 and under getting in free all week with a ticketed adult. http://www.cpwomensopen.com/tickets.php