Wednesday, August 22, 2018
HENDERSON FEELING PRESSURE
Hall won the Women's British Open earlier this month at Royal Lytham to become the first British player to win the tournament since 2009. She didn't think about any added tension during her breakout performance and instead focused on the excitement at hand.
"Just enjoy being at home and enjoy having your family and friends come and watch,'' Hall said Wednesday. "That's what I did. Don't really worry about the outcome. Four days is a lot of golf. So just enjoy it and see what happens.''
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., headlines the list of 16 Canadians in the field this week at the Wascana Country Club. The world No. 14 has one victory and eight top-10 finishes this season.
Jocelyne Bourassa was the last Canadian to win this tournament, taking the 1973 title in Montreal.
"That's a long time,'' Henderson said. "Yeah, (there's) a little bit (of pressure). I would love to win this tournament. I don't know if that's this year. Hopefully before my career is over.''
Henderson finished in a tie for 12th last year in Ottawa. She has an afternoon tee time for Thursday's opening round with new world No. 1 Sung Hyun Park of South Korea and Sweden's Anna Nordqvist.
"It's kind of like the sixth major for me on the LPGA Tour,'' Henderson said. "It's very meaningful, very important to me, especially being a CP ambassador and playing here in my home country.''
Other Canadians include LPGA Tour regulars Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, Que., Anne-Catharine Tanguay of Quebec City and Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont.
Symetra Tour players include Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Saskatoon's Anna Young, Augusta James of Bath, Ont., Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill, Ont., and Megan Osland of Kelowna, B.C. Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Lorie Kane of Charlottetown will make her record-tying 28th appearance.
National amateur squad member Naomi Ko of Victoria is also in the field with development squad players Celeste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-l'Ile-Perrot, Que., and Ellie Szeryk of London, Ont. Amateur Grace St. Germain of Ottawa was a late withdrawal.
Play continues through Sunday at the US$2.25-million event. The champion will earn $337,500.
Notes: There won't be a domestic television broadcast or simulcast this year as all four rounds will air on The Golf Channel. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said both he and Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum would like to rectify broadcast plans either next year or by 2020. ... The 2019 CP Women's Open will be held at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.