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CN Canadian Women’s Open. Inbee Park & Cristie Kerr Share Lead After 36 Holes

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Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr share the lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club after 36 holes have been completed.

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Inbee really enjoy’s starting a round with a birdie;

” I always love to start with a birdie, it’s like a good luck charm for me.  I almost never finish around over par when I start with a birdie, and I love to start the hole with a birdie, that was a good start. I hit the ball really good, and I obviously putted really good out there, on these greens, you can two‑putt from anywhere.  I think it’s pretty good.  If you slightly over-hit it, you can easily three‑putt.  So the three‑putt is something that I was trying to avoid.  I kind of three‑putted just off the green on number two which was a little disappointing.  Except for that, I think I putted really good and putted really solid out there. I think it’s always good when you’re playing with a partner while she’s making a lot of birdies and it makes you want to have more birdies. It already felt like a final round, and trying to make more birdies and trying to get the momentum going.”

Cristie said is was always good to partner Inbee;

“It’s always fun to play with Inbee, she always plays well, and I enjoy playing with her.  Probably going to play with her again tomorrow.  I mean, geez, four under on this golf course is great.  I’m mad at myself for knocking my last tee shot, but I did so much good stuff in the last couple days.  I mean, you can’t do anything about a porta potty door slamming in your back swing, and that was what it was. I sucked it up, and I made a really good two‑putt for bogey.  Just got to do the same thing and not bogey the last hole.”

Defending champion and first-round co-leader Kiwi Lydia Ko shot -1 under par 69 and sits two shots back in a tie for fifth at -6 under par. Playing partner Charley Hull shot a -4 under par 66 and is in a tie for eighth at -5 under par. Joining Lydia on -5 under par are Paula Creamer and LPGA legend and 20 time winner  Laura Davies.

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Among those missing the cut were: Beatriz Recari, Brooke Pancake, Jennifer Kirby, Morgan Pressel, Karrie Webb, with Stacy Lewis who withdrew after the first round.

CN Canadian Women’s Open. Kiwi Ko Tied For 1st Round Lead

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World #1 Women’s Amateur, Kiwi  Lydia Ko is tied at the top of the leaderboard in her defense of her CN Canadian Women’s Open title.

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Lydia fired in a determined 1st round of -5 under par 65, which included a bogey on the 15th hole at the  CN Canadian Women’s Open at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Canada.  She holds a share of the first-round lead with American Angela Stanford and Cristel Boeljon of The Netherlands at -5 under par.

Lydia was paired with the 17-year European Solheim Cup team member Charley Hull who had a -1 under par 69, and 22-year old Canadian pro Jennifer Kirby, -3 under par 67. She said the solid play of the entire group helped her to concentrate on her round;

” I started off really well with a birdie, but when I have a birdie on the first hole I haven’t really played that well. I was kind of nervous that I did make a birdie on the first. But I guess birdies are good, and I think I played pretty solid today. But I think I played good because the whole group seemed to play good and make lots of birdies, so we were in a really good rhythm as a whole group.”

Charley commented;

“It didn’t really feel like young players, I think we’re all kind of like mature.”

Jennifer added;

“And quick, that was nice.I think that it really helped that I played in the Manulife earlier this season and I had a good tournament there, so I think that kind of eased the nerves into this one. I felt very comfortable out there and ended up making a few putts, and good round.”
Co-leader Angela Stanford, was bogey free in her round, and said she had played a solid game;

” I hit it really well today, really solid, and I’ve been hitting it solid. I think finally the ball found the bottom of the hole a little bit faster. I think if you can keep it in the fairways on this golf course, you’ll have chances at birdie. My instructor has said that when you have wide open fairways, a lot of times your swing gets kind of loose because you can miss it more than normal and still hit a fairway. So I had to really kind of focus in and get lined up correctly, because they are way more narrow.”

Cristel carded birdie-eagle-birdie on 15-16-17, the eagle was an ace and helped to move her into a share of the lead;

” I only realized it by the lady that was behind the green that put her hands up, and I was like, I guess it’s in, because we couldn’t see with the sun, everyone was high fiving, so we got up to the hole, and we see it’s in. It helps your score out a lot, it’s just nice. You know, it’s nothing other than you hole a few putts, and I’m lucky that I hit that shot into the hole. But you do it more often, and for me it didn’t feel anything different, it’s just you try to just do your thing. Go through your routine again, just try to play shot by shot. My finishing hole I had a good bounce from the bunker, and yeah, just pleased with my game at the moment.”

Canadian Women’s Open. Lydia Ko Returns To Defend Her Title

Phenom Lydia Ko won the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open at age 15 in Coquitlam, B.C. (Canadian Press)

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Lydia is returning to defend her Canadian Open title that she famously won last year, and is happy to be back playing in this tournament again. Her expectations are not as high, and would be happy to finish in the top ten;

“It feels good to play this tournament again, last year this event was such a memorable week for me, so I am excited for this week. I think my best memory from the win is the back-to-back birdies on the back nine. I had four birdies in a row and that makes a lot of difference, it got me from one-under to five-under. It’s always good to have a birdie, but to follow it up was awesome. There is pressure there, yeah, but I’m just going to think about my own game, one shot at a time. The course is quite traditional and I am looking forward to playing there this week. Canada is a cool place, to me it feels kind of like New Zealand, my goal for this week is a top-10 finish. A top-10 at a pro tournament is always a good result.”

Before her victory in Vancouver last year, Lydia beat the pros at the 2012 Women’s NSW Open in Sydney,  She has followed that victory up with  her defense, in Sydney six months ago, with a runner-up showing to Caroline Hedwall, who finished 5-0-0 in the Solheim Cup last weekend. Lydia has also won the New Zealand Women’s Open. This event will be Lydia’s 10th LPGA start this year, and her best finish to date was  a third-place position in the Women’s Australian Open in February.

Lydia said that the year had been special, and is now thinking about when to turn Pro;

“I’ve really enjoyed the last year, this has been a whole new experience for me. I’ve had the opportunity to experience a lot of difference courses. It doesn’t feel like I’ve played in 10 already, it’s been pretty special. It’s been a whole different life as a teenager. It’s been really cool. I don’t worry about the money, my parents are the ones who think about money and the expenses. We’re thinking about the right time to turn pro now.” 

It is now 22 professional starts as an amateur for Lydia in her career, and she has made the cut at all of those events, and I don’t expect anything different from her at this years Canadian Women’s Open.

CN Canadian Womens Open, Lydia Ko Wins.

Lydia KO, the world’s number one amateur was won the CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club, Coquitlam, BC. This is 15 year-old Lydia’s first win on the LPGA Tour, and coincidently Golf Canada announced today that the  BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has been selected as the official beneficiary of the CN Miracle Match campaign that is being held during the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, is doused by fellow golfers after winning the LPGA Tour's Canadian Women's Open golf tournament. Photo / AP

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With this win Lydia becomes the youngest player ever to win on the LPGA Tour, she said of her achievement;

” This means a lot, I just came to make the cut and play my best, and I won, and I’m going to get the trophy. It’s amazing.”

Well done Lydia, a great achievement.

 

 

 

Talking of her bright future Lydia commented;

 

The CN Canadian Women’s Open, Lydia Leads

 

 

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The third round of the CN Canadian Women s Open has an amateur at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the day, the amazing Kiwi Lydia Ko, with a tournament score of -8 under par. The fifteen-year-old World number one amateur Lydia will enter the final round at the CN Canadian Women’s Open with a chance to rewrite the record books. The New Zealander holds a one-shot lead over major champions Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Jiyai Shin, and also Chella Choi, who is fighting for her first win, in the last round of play at Vancouver Golf Club on Sunday.

Lydia was very happy to still be at the top of the board, a position way beyond her expectations coming into this event;

“It’s good to stay at the top of the leaderboard, but my first goal was to make the cut and hopefully top-15 or something. But to be up there is just an honor, especially playing against the world’s best. Fifteen year olds don’t lead at an LPGA event all the time. Like I said, I’m very surprised. But I’ve been playing really good golf and I’ve been really confident with my game. Today I tried to have more fun, but my score wasn’t as good, I mean, 72 is better than 73 or any other score, so I’m pretty happy. Tomorrow, I’m just going to try my best. I’ve got to play my own game. I can’t concentrate on what the other players are doing. If they shoot 66 and I shoot 68 and I lose, I can’t control what they do.”

Biggest mover on the day was Stacy Lewis, she began the third round seven strokes behind Lydia and Chella.

“It’s the kind of course if you get some birdies early and kind of get rolling on the par 5s, you can shoot a good number, if you don’t, you’ll be struggling for pars. I mean, it’s a course that you can play well and shoot 1 or 2 under. So it’s just kind of the way the course plays, I think.”

Talking about being beaten by a fifteen year old Stacy admitted it was not good;

“Suzann Pettersen and I were talking about it yesterday and it is kind of because we are working, this is our job, and we’re working full-time on it. It’s not supposed to be her job, and yet she’s beating us. But I think its’ good for the game. She’s obviously playing well, she won an Australian LPGA event earlier in the year, and I played with her actually in Australia. She’s solid. She hits it good, she putts it good, and she’s rolling with the confidence. I say why not. She’s playing good golf, and more power to her.”

Obviously everybody down here in New Zealand is rooting for Lydia, what a truly talented golfer.

 

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