CP Women's Open R2

Nicole Broch Larsen surges to top of the leaderboard

August 22-25
Magna Golf Club, Aurora, Ontario, Canada
$2,250,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


In 2017, Nicole Broch Larsen tied for the 54-hole lead at the CP Women’s Open and ultimately tied for third. Two years later and the 26-year-old from Hillerod, Denmark, is again atop a Canadian leaderboard, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday to lead the CP Women’s Open at -12. She holds a one-stroke advantage over Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko and a three-stroke lead over Canadian favorite and defending champion Brooke Henderson, Yu Liu and Pajaree Anannarukarn.


Broch Larsen started the second round one stroke off the lead. Her rollercoaster round featured eight birdies to two bogeys, but it was enough to pull her into the lead for just the second time in her three-year LPGA career.

“I probably hit a couple more bad shots today but got away with them,” said Broch Larsen, who has yet to win on the LPGA Tour but has one victory on the Ladies European Tour. “I, on the other hand, made a really good putts and made it from just short of the green on 1 and made like an 18 meter (putt) on 2. So, I mean, making putts like that helps.”

Broch Larsen was an LPGA rookie when she lost that lead at the 2017 CP Women’s Open with a final-round 71 after three rounds in the 60s. She says she has grown so much since that week in Ottawa and hopes to use that experience as she moves into the weekend.

“I feel like I’m more confident in this position now than I was two years ago even though I haven’t been here for a while,” said Broch Larsen, who has just eight top-20 finishes since the 2017 CP Women’s Open. “I’m just trying to play as free as possible the last four events and see if I can make it to Asia. Whatever the next few days brings, I’m still really happy with my two rounds.”

First-round leader Annie Park struggled on Friday, shooting a 4-over 76 and falling into a tie for 38th at -3.


Ko just one stroke off lead

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jin Young Ko is quietly nipping at leader Nicole Broch Larsen’s heels, just one stroke off the lead and looking for her fourth win of 2019. Ko is bogey-free through 36 holes, carding a 67 on Friday after finding 17 of 18 greens in regulation.

“I had a great round the first two days, and then also I had great putting,” said Ko, who was heading to Niagara Falls for some sightseeing after her round. “I had great shots on the front nine and back nine, too. I was happy.”

If Ko takes the win on Sunday, she would be the LPGA Tour’s first four-time winner in a single season since Lydia Ko took four wins in 2016.


Defending champ henderson still in the mix

Canadian fans came out to Magna Golf Club in droves for a second straight day, all hoping for a glimpse of superstar Brooke Henderson. The 2018 CP Women’s Open champion followed up a first-round 66 with a bogey-free, 3-under 69 on Friday and was soaking up the support from her red and white compatriots.

“It’s pretty special to have all these people out there following you around and cheering you on,” Henderson said. “Try to be interacting with them a little bit. Also just trying to make sure I get the job done and play well the next two days.”

With windier afternoon conditions on Friday in Ontario, Henderson struggled a bit off the tee only hitting 8 of 14 fairways, compared to 12 on Thursday. 

“If the wind stays up like this I think it’s definitely a factor,” Henderson said of Magna Golf Club. “I think you just got to make sure you’re hitting it in the right places off the tee, the correct side of the fairways and then the correct side or correct places on the green to make it easier on yourself. I feel I have a good strategy for around here. I think if we can just judge the wind a little bit better tomorrow maybe I can post another low round.”


Altomare, Olson making Solheim Cup runs

For the Americans in the CP Women’s Open field, there is a second trophy of sorts up for grabs at Magna Golf Club. The top eight players in the USA Solheim Cup points standings after Sunday’s conclusion of play will automatically qualify for Team USA, with two additional spots determined by the Rolex Rankings and two wild-card picks selected by Captain Juli Inkster.

The competition for the eighth spot on the USA Solheim Cup points list is down to three players – Brittany Altomare, Ally McDonald and Angel Yin. Altomare holds the final spot by 7.5 points over McDonald, 40.5 points over Yin and 52.5 points over Lewis. Altomare and Yin are tied for seventh at -7 heading into the weekend, with McDonald tied for 59th (-1).

“It would be everything I’ve dreamed of,” said Altomare, who holed out for eagle at both 12 and 14 on Friday. “I was fortunate enough to play on the Junior Solheim Cup team when was in high school and that was incredible. I can’t even imagine what it would be like as a professional.”

Amy Olson is one of several players who could earn one of the Rolex Rankings berths with a win at Magna. Heading into the weekend in solo sixth at -8, she is the highest American in the field, one stroke ahead of Altomare and Yin.

“I would love to play Solheim. That was the dream growing up as a kid, so it’s in the back of my mind for sure,” said Olson. “But at the same time, Juli has a lot of really great (players), and I don’t even know what I have to do in order to make the Rolex, make it through Rolex points. I’m kind of just playing my game, and however it pans out, it pans out. Either way I’ll be cheering for the USA.”

USA Solheim Cup points standings scenarios

Three players can play their way into the top eight of the Team USA Solheim Cup points standings with a strong finish at the CP Women’s Open.

Brittany Altomare, eighth with 257.5 points, has the most chances with many combinations.

Ally McDonald, ninth with 250 points, needs a 17th or better finish to have a chance.

Angel Yin needs to win, have McDonald finish fifth or worse and have Altomare finish 10th or worse. If Yin wins and Altomare finishes ninth, the tiebreaker would be Rolex Rankings.

Minor adjustments key for Yu Liu

Yu Liu opened the 2019 CP Women’s Open with a bogey on the first hole. However, since that stumble, she has played bogey-free golf and rocketed up the leaderboard with rounds of 68-67 to head to the weekend just three shots off the lead.

Liu, who describes herself as a very technical golfer, said she went to the range after her first round to watch videos of her swing and make a slight tweak to her swing plane to straighten out her driver. Her hard work paid off as she improved from nine fairways hit during the first round to 12 of 14 on Friday.

“It was pretty solid compared to yesterday,” Liu said on Friday at Magna Golf Club. “Yesterday I wasn’t hitting a lot of fairways, to be honest. Today was just fairways and I hit plenty of greens. It was pretty windy coming in, which made the front nine really tough. It’s really gusty. It’s hard to judge the club selection sometimes, but I think I did pretty good. Stayed patient.”

Liu is in her second year on the LPGA and has five top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up finish at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and a T5 finish at the U.S. Women’s Open.

“I improved a lot this year from last year,” said Liu, who recorded three top-10 finishes as a rookie. “I had a pretty nice rookie season, but I knew this year I just really want to achieve something higher. So, yeah, I worked pretty hard this off-season. Just nice to see my work paying off.”

Liu said her goal before the season was to finish in the top 25 on the season money list, entering this week’s event in Canada she is 23rd on the 2019 LPGA Money List with $618,047 earned.


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Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Nicole Broch Larsen
-12
66
66
132
2
Jin Young Ko
-11
66
67
133
T3
Yu Liu
-9
68
67
135
T3
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
66
69
135
T3
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-9
66
69
135
6
Amy Olson
-8
68
68
136
T7
Mi Jung Hur
-7
71
66
137
T7
Brittany Altomare
-7
71
66
137
T7
Minjee Lee
-7
69
68
137
T7
Angel Yin
-7
69
68
137
T11
Xiyu Lin
-6
70
68
138
T11
Wei-Ling Hsu
-6
69
69
138
T11
Nasa Hataoka
-6
69
69
138
T11
Megan Khang
-6
67
71
138
T15
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
73
66
139
T15
Jasmine Suwannapura
-5
72
67
139
T15
Jenny Shin
-5
70
69
139
T15
Aditi Ashok
-5
70
69
139
T15
Sakura Yokomine
-5
70
69
139
T15
Isi Gabsa
-5
69
70
139
T15
Jessica Korda
-5
69
70
139
T15
Nelly Korda
-5
69
70
139
T15
Su Oh
-5
68
71
139
T15
Marissa Steen
-5
67
72
139
T25
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
74
66
140
T25
Carlota Ciganda
-4
73
67
140
T25
Lizette Salas
-4
73
67
140
T25
Lydia Ko
-4
73
67
140
T25
Katherine Kirk
-4
71
69
140
T25
Caroline Masson
-4
71
69
140
T25
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-4
71
69
140
T25
Ayako Uehara
-4
71
69
140
T25
Sarah Schmelzel
-4
70
70
140
T25
Bronte Law
-4
69
71
140
T25
Georgia Hall
-4
68
72
140
T25
Tiffany Chan
-4
67
73
140
T25
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
-4
66
74
140
T38
Kristen Gillman
-3
73
68
141
T38
Lexi Thompson
-3
72
69
141
T38
In Gee Chun
-3
71
70
141
T38
Jing Yan
-3
70
71
141
T38
Jeongeun Lee6
-3
70
71
141
T38
Amy Yang
-3
68
73
141
T38
Annie Park
-3
65
76
141
T45
Jeong Eun Lee
-2
72
70
142
T45
Mirim Lee
-2
72
70
142
T45
Dana Finkelstein
-2
72
70
142
T45
P.K. Kongkraphan
-2
72
70
142
T45
Stephanie Meadow
-2
71
71
142
T45
Suzann Pettersen
-2
71
71
142
T45
Jennifer Song
-2
71
71
142
T45
Julieta Granada
-2
71
71
142
T45
Jane Park
-2
71
71
142
T45
Hee Young Park
-2
70
72
142
T45
Cydney Clanton
-2
70
72
142
T45
Danielle Kang
-2
70
72
142
T45
Sarah Kemp
-2
69
73
142
T45
Sung Hyun Park
-2
69
73
142
T59
Mel Reid
-1
75
68
143
T59
Sarah Burnham
-1
75
68
143
T59
Kelly Tan
-1
74
69
143
T59
Azahara Munoz
-1
74
69
143
T59
Na Yeon Choi
-1
72
71
143
T59
Lauren Kim
-1
72
71
143
T59
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
72
71
143
T59
Kendall Dye
-1
72
71
143
T59
Celine Boutier
-1
71
72
143
T59
Ally McDonald
-1
70
73
143
T59
Haeji Kang
-1
69
74
143
T59
Daniela Darquea
-1
69
74
143
T59
Gerina Piller
-1
69
74
143
T59
Louise Ridderstrom
-1
67
76
143
T73
Sei Young Kim
E
74
70
144
T73
Charlotte Thomas
E
74
70
144
T73
Cheyenne Woods
E
74
70
144
T73
In-Kyung Kim
E
74
70
144
T73
Mina Harigae
E
74
70
144
T73
Alena Sharp
E
73
71
144
T73
Lindy Duncan
E
72
72
144
T73
Mi Hyang Lee
E
72
72
144
T73
Morgan Pressel
E
71
73
144
T73
Ruixin Liu
E
71
73
144
T73
Stacy Lewis
E
70
74
144
T73
Dottie Ardina
E
70
74
144
T85
Austin Ernst
1
78
67
145
T85
Anna Nordqvist
1
75
70
145
T85
Anne van Dam
1
73
72
145
T85
Lauren Stephenson
1
73
72
145
T85
Karine Icher
1
73
72
145
T85
Ryann O’Toole
1
73
72
145
T85
Jaye Marie Green
1
73
72
145
T85
Laura Gonzalez Escallon
1
72
73
145
T85
Celine Herbin
1
72
73
145
T85
Lindsey Weaver
1
72
73
145
T85
Angela Stanford
1
72
73
145
T85
Emma Talley
1
71
74
145
T85
Christina Kim
1
70
75
145
T98
Gaby Lopez
2
77
69
146
T98
Lee Lopez
2
75
71
146
T98
Wichanee Meechai
2
75
71
146
T98
Brittany Lang
2
75
71
146
T98
Tiffany Joh
2
75
71
146
T98
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
74
72
146
T98
Peiyun Chien
2
74
72
146
T98
Megan Osland
2
72
74
146
T98
Maddie McCrary
2
71
75
146
T98
Shanshan Feng
2
70
76
146
T98
Maria Fassi
2
70
76
146
T98
Marina Alex
2
69
77
146
T110
Youngin Chun
3
77
70
147
T110
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
3
77
70
147
T110
Gemma Dryburgh
3
77
70
147
T110
Chella Choi
3
75
72
147
T110
Mariah Stackhouse
3
75
72
147
T110
Madelene Sagstrom
3
75
72
147
T110
Suzuka Yamaguchi
3
75
72
147
T110
Jenny Haglund
3
74
73
147
T110
Kris Tamulis
3
74
73
147
T110
So Yeon Ryu
3
73
74
147
T110
Brianna Navarrosa (a)
3
73
74
147
T110
Paula Creamer
3
73
74
147
T122
Alana Uriell
4
78
70
148
T122
Brittany Marchand
4
77
71
148
T122
Moriya Jutanugarn
4
73
75
148
T122
Yealimi Noh
4
73
75
148
T126
Katherine Perry
5
78
71
149
T126
Caroline Hedwall
5
73
76
149
T128
Maddie Szeryk
6
78
72
150
T128
Pernilla Lindberg
6
77
73
150
T128
Cristie Kerr
6
76
74
150
T128
Cheyenne Knight
6
75
75
150
T128
Giulia Molinaro
6
73
77
150
T133
Ashleigh Buhai
7
77
74
151
T133
Valerie Tanguay
7
76
75
151
T133
Brianna Do
7
75
76
151
T133
Linnea Strom
7
71
80
151
T133
Hannah Green
7
71
80
151
T138
Robyn Choi
8
78
74
152
T138
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
8
78
74
152
T138
Mary Parsons (a)
8
78
74
152
T141
Alison Lee
9
80
73
153
T141
Jacqui Concolino
9
79
74
153
T141
Emily Zhu (a)
9
79
74
153
T141
Maria Torres
9
76
77
153
145
Elizabeth Szokol
10
79
75
154
146
Brigitte Thibault (a)
12
78
78
156
T147
Casey Ward
13
80
77
157
T147
Kim Kaufman
13
79
78
157
T147
Simin Feng
13
79
78
157
T147
Celeste Dao (a)
13
77
80
157
151
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
18
82
80
162
152
Michelle Liu (a)
19
81
82
163
153
Lorie Kane
23
87
80
167
WD
Muni He
78
WD
Haru Nomura
WD
Lee-Anne Pace
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