U.S. Open stars in Hunt Club field

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:10 AM ET

Eleven of the top 15 finishers at the U.S. Women's Open, including runner-up Pat Hurst, will play in next month's CN Canadian Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club.

"That's fantastic," said the Hunt Club's Doug Alexander, the co-chairperson of the tournament. "You look back at the three majors (in the U.S.), there were three great finishes and we're getting most of those players."

The purse of $1.7 million US for the Aug. 10-13 championship is one of the largest on the LPGA Tour this year.

Hurst, who lost in an 18-hole playoff to Annika Sorenstam at Newport, R.I. on Monday, tops the list of additions to the field announced yesterday by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Also coming to London is Stacy Prammanasudh, who tied for third with Michelle Wie and Se Ri Pak. The other top 15 finishers entered are Pak, Juli Inkster, Brittany Lincicome, Shi Hyun Ahn, Rachel Hetherington, Sophie Gustafson, Young Kim, Jee Young Lee and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc.

The RCGA also confirmed Becky Morgan of Wales will join the field. Morgan was in contention after two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open, but fell back into the pack.

The RCGA has earlier commitments from Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Lorie Kane, Meg Mallon and Cristie Kerr -- among others.

Inkster and Kerr are the only Americans to win on the LPGA Tour this year.

"It's a good field," Alexander said. "The thing I've found the last few weeks is any time you watch a leaderboard (on TV), those are the names coming to London."

The RCGA also announced yesterday that ticket sales have reached 45,000.


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