CP Women's Open R3

Jin Youn Ko and Nicole Broch Larsen lead in Canada

August 22-25
Magna Golf Club, Aurora, Ontario, Canada
$2,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko and Nicole Broch Larsen are tied atop the leaderboard at -18 heading into Sunday’s final round of the 2019 CP Women’s Open. But with Canadian phenom Brooke Henderson sitting two strokes behind at -16, the trophy is anything but secure.


Ko and Henderson both returned 65s on Saturday, tied for the low round of the day, while Broch Larsen carded her third consecutive 66. Much to the chagrin of the throngs of Canadian fans, Henderson was 2 over through seven holes. But a special encounter with a young fan turned the switch for Henderson. She was 9 under through her final 11 holes, with an eagle at No. 12 and seven birdies, to surge back up the leaderboard.

“It was a little bit of a struggle there. I felt like I was playing decent golf. Just wasn’t really going my way,” said Henderson. “Then on the seventh green a little boy gave me a high five and then he continued that the rest of the round. I think starting at the time he kind of cheered me up a little bit. I think I tried to get back to even on the front nine. Going to eight tee, I was trying to just make two birdies, get it back to even and then see if I could go really low on the back, which I did.”

The fan roars could be heard all the way around the golf course, meaning Ko and Broch Larsen, playing one group behind Henderson, were well aware of what was going on in front of them.

“We could definitely hear those roars coming in on the back nine. Every time they went a little bit louder than normal I felt like, yeah, you knew Brooke made a birdie,” said Broch Larsen. “I saw she was off to a rough start but made a really good back nine, I guess.”

American Amy Olson shot her third consecutive 68 to sit in a tie for fifth and is in prime position to play her way onto the U.S. Solheim Cup Team, which will be decided following Sunday’s completion of play. Olson, Angel Yin (T8),Brittany Altomare (T22), Ally McDonald (T45) and Annie Park (T49) are among the American players vying for the eighth berth on the Solheim Cup points standings and the two automatic qualifying spots via the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, with an additional two wild-card spots in the hands of Captain Juli Inkster.



With a win

Jin Young Ko would earn her fourth win of the 2019 LPGA Tour season and become the first four-time winner since Lydia Ko in 2016

Nicole Broch Larsen would become the season’s sixth Rolex First-Time Winner

Brooke Henderson would become the third player in CP Women’s Open history to successfully defend her title, joining Lydia Ko (2012 and 2013) and Pat Bradley (1985 and 1986)

Henderson in prime position to repeat

When Brooke Henderson met with the media on Tuesday, she said winning the 2018 CP Women’s Open was “the highlight of my career so far.” Henderson, the winningest Canadian professional golfer on the LPGA and PGA Tours with nine wins, has the chance to add to her national-championship legacy on Sunday as she will start the final round just two strokes off the lead.

While the 21-year-old Canadian has twice successfully defended an LPGA Tour title, winning Club 2015 and 2016 Cambia Portland Classic and the 2018 and 2019 LOTTE Championship, playing Magna Golf Course for the first time this year changes the stakes.

“Unlike those two events, this is a different golf course, so I can’t rely on some great memories from the year previous when I stepped on the tee,” said Henderson. “But I think just knowing how I handled it last year and just if I could shoot another 65 like I did the last Sunday of the CP Women’s Open that would be pretty special. I feel like I would have a good shot at it.”

Henderson used five birdies and an eagle to come home in 29 on Saturday to tie the lowest nine-hole score on a par-72 course for the LPGA this season, a performance she’s hoping she can repeat in the final round.


“Just like any tournament, it’s won on the back nine on Sunday really. Hopefully I can just kind of repeat what I did today. It would be really special. To do it once is incredible. To do it twice would be really awesome.”

If the past three days are any indication, droves of Canadian fans are expected to be following the final grouping on Sunday and Henderson said she really thrives on the support from her home country.

“The Brooke Brigade has been really awesome and all the fans that have been here supporting me since early Thursday morning,” said Henderson. “It’s been surreal and an awesome week, and hopefully I can play well tomorrow.”

Nervous Broch Larsen survives Saturday challenge

Nicole Broch Larsen, a native of Hillerod, Denmark, admitted to a good case of nerves as her tee time approached, especially after a restless night that saw her wake up long before her alarm blared. Her 6-under 66 certainly belied those jitters, with her round highlighted by an eagle at No. 14 to go with five birdies and one bogey.

“I felt better when I got out on the course. I felt pretty chilled when I arrived, and then as the tee time got closer I felt like my heartbeat was a little bit faster than normal,” said Broch Larsen. “I just took some deep breaths and was reminding myself of what I planned with my coach. I felt like I did really well today. And, yeah, I’m proud of myself.”

This is the second time that Broch Larsen holds a portion of the 54-hole lead at the CP Women’s Open. She shot a final-round 71 at the 2017 championship to finish tied for third.



No stress, no problems for Hsu

Coming into the 2019 LPGA season, 2015 rookie Wei-Ling Hsu had high expectations. After having the best year of her career in 2018, where she collected a career-high four top-10 finishes, she thought it was high time she found the winner’s circle. Her plan nearly came to fruition as she finished in third at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to open her 2019 campaign.

After that things didn’t come as easily for the 24-year-old, as a solo fifth-place finish at the Pure Silk Championship is her lone top-30 finish in her last 18 starts. The difference this week? Hsu said it’s all about her attitude.

“Get rid of the stress. I was very stressed out the past two month and try to improve, but the main thing is just mental game,” said Hsu. “I’m just try to be perfect every time and try to show everybody that I can do it, but actually I just put way too much pressure on my shoulder.”

Hsu’s 54-hole 203 is her career-best mark and she said she’s really enjoying her time at the CP Women’s Open on Magna Golf Club.

“I love this golf course. I will say this is the top three golf course that I like it this season,” she said. “Definitely very happy to see I can able to shoot 7-under today. Just give myself a lot of confidence and getting more comfortable in the close to the leader group.”


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Jin Young Ko
-18
66
67
65
198
T1
Nicole Broch Larsen
-18
66
66
66
198
3
Brooke M. Henderson
-16
66
69
65
200
4
Wei-Ling Hsu
-13
69
69
65
203
T5
Nasa Hataoka
-12
69
69
66
204
T5
Amy Olson
-12
68
68
68
204
T5
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-12
66
69
69
204
T8
Carlota Ciganda
-11
73
67
65
205
T8
Lizette Salas
-11
73
67
65
205
T8
Ariya Jutanugarn
-11
73
66
66
205
T8
Aditi Ashok
-11
70
69
66
205
T8
Jessica Korda
-11
69
70
66
205
T8
Megan Khang
-11
67
71
67
205
T8
Angel Yin
-11
69
68
68
205
T15
Caroline Masson
-10
71
69
66
206
T15
Yu Liu
-10
68
67
71
206
T17
Jasmine Suwannapura
-9
72
67
68
207
T17
Isi Gabsa
-9
69
70
68
207
T17
Nelly Korda
-9
69
70
68
207
T17
Su Oh
-9
68
71
68
207
T17
Marissa Steen
-9
67
72
68
207
T22
Cydney Clanton
-8
70
72
66
208
T22
Danielle Kang
-8
70
72
66
208
T22
Bronte Law
-8
69
71
68
208
T22
Sakura Yokomine
-8
70
69
69
208
T22
Xiyu Lin
-8
70
68
70
208
T22
Brittany Altomare
-8
71
66
71
208
T22
Mi Jung Hur
-8
71
66
71
208
T29
Lexi Thompson
-7
72
69
68
209
T29
Jeongeun Lee6
-7
70
71
68
209
T29
Jing Yan
-7
70
71
68
209
T29
Lydia Ko
-7
73
67
69
209
T29
Katherine Kirk
-7
71
69
69
209
T29
Georgia Hall
-7
68
72
69
209
T29
Minjee Lee
-7
69
68
72
209
T36
Celine Boutier
-6
71
72
67
210
T36
Stephanie Meadow
-6
71
71
68
210
T36
Jane Park
-6
71
71
68
210
T36
Sung Hyun Park
-6
69
73
68
210
T36
Jennifer Kupcho
-6
74
66
70
210
T41
Jennifer Song
-5
71
71
69
211
T41
Kristen Gillman
-5
73
68
70
211
T41
Tiffany Chan
-5
67
73
71
211
T41
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-5
66
74
71
211
T45
Mel Reid
-4
75
68
69
212
T45
Ally McDonald
-4
70
73
69
212
T45
P.K. Kongkraphan
-4
72
70
70
212
T45
Hee Young Park
-4
70
72
70
212
T49
Kelly Tan
-3
74
69
70
213
T49
Jeong Eun Lee
-3
72
70
71
213
T49
Sarah Kemp
-3
69
73
71
213
T49
Amy Yang
-3
68
73
72
213
T49
Annie Park
-3
65
76
72
213
T49
Jenny Shin
-3
70
69
74
213
T55
Azahara Munoz
-2
74
69
71
214
T55
Na Yeon Choi
-2
72
71
71
214
T55
Gerina Piller
-2
69
74
71
214
T55
Julieta Granada
-2
71
71
72
214
T55
In Gee Chun
-2
71
70
73
214
T55
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
71
69
74
214
T55
Ayako Uehara
-2
71
69
74
214
T55
Sarah Schmelzel
-2
70
70
74
214
T63
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
72
71
72
215
T63
Kendall Dye
-1
72
71
72
215
T63
Daniela Darquea
-1
69
74
72
215
T63
Haeji Kang
-1
69
74
72
215
T63
Mirim Lee
-1
72
70
73
215
T68
Louise Ridderstrom
E
67
76
73
216
T68
Dana Finkelstein
E
72
70
74
216
T70
Sarah Burnham
1
75
68
74
217
T70
Suzann Pettersen
1
71
71
75
217
72
Lauren Kim
5
72
71
78
221
CUT
Mina Harigae
E
74
70
CUT
Sei Young Kim
E
74
70
CUT
In-Kyung Kim
E
74
70
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
E
74
70
CUT
Cheyenne Woods
E
74
70
CUT
Alena Sharp
E
73
71
CUT
Lindy Duncan
E
72
72
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
E
72
72
CUT
Ruixin Liu
E
71
73
CUT
Morgan Pressel
E
71
73
CUT
Dottie Ardina
E
70
74
CUT
Stacy Lewis
E
70
74
CUT
Austin Ernst
1
78
67
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
1
75
70
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
1
73
72
CUT
Karine Icher
1
73
72
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
1
73
72
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
1
73
72
CUT
Anne van Dam
1
73
72
CUT
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
1
72
73
CUT
Celine Herbin
1
72
73
CUT
Angela Stanford
1
72
73
CUT
Lindsey Weaver
1
72
73
CUT
Emma Talley
1
71
74
CUT
Christina Kim
1
70
75
CUT
Gaby Lopez
2
77
69
CUT
Tiffany Joh
2
75
71
CUT
Brittany Lang
2
75
71
CUT
Lee Lopez
2
75
71
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
2
75
71
CUT
Peiyun Chien
2
74
72
CUT
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
74
72
CUT
Megan Osland
2
72
74
CUT
Maddie McCrary
2
71
75
CUT
Maria Fassi
2
70
76
CUT
Shanshan Feng
2
70
76
CUT
Marina Alex
2
69
77
CUT
Youngin Chun
3
77
70
CUT
Gemma Dryburgh
3
77
70
CUT
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
3
77
70
CUT
Chella Choi
3
75
72
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
3
75
72
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
3
75
72
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
3
75
72
CUT
Jenny Haglund
3
74
73
CUT
Kris Tamulis
3
74
73
CUT
Paula Creamer
3
73
74
CUT
Brianna Navarrosa (a)
3
73
74
CUT
So Yeon Ryu
3
73
74
CUT
Alana Uriell
4
78
70
CUT
Brittany Marchand
4
77
71
CUT
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
73
75
CUT
Yealimi Noh
4
73
75
CUT
Katherine Perry
5
78
71
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
5
73
76
CUT
Maddie Szeryk
6
78
72
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
6
77
73
CUT
Cristie Kerr
6
76
74
CUT
Cheyenne Knight
6
75
75
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
6
73
77
CUT
Ashleigh Buhai
7
77
74
CUT
Valerie Tanguay
7
76
75
CUT
Brianna Do
7
75
76
CUT
Hannah Green
7
71
80
CUT
Linnea Strom
7
71
80
CUT
Robyn Choi
8
78
74
CUT
Mary Parsons (a)
8
78
74
CUT
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
8
78
74
CUT
Alison Lee
9
80
73
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
9
79
74
CUT
Emily Zhu (a)
9
79
74
CUT
Maria Torres
9
76
77
CUT
Elizabeth Szokol
10
79
75
CUT
Brigitte Thibault (a)
12
78
78
CUT
Casey Ward
13
80
77
CUT
Simin Feng
13
79
78
CUT
Kim Kaufman
13
79
78
CUT
Celeste Dao (a)
13
77
80
CUT
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
18
82
80
CUT
Michelle Liu (a)
19
81
82
CUT
Lorie Kane
23
87
80
WD
Muni He
78
WD
Haru Nomura
WD
Lee-Anne Pace
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