Field of dreams

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

A CN Canadian Women's Open field that's already bursting at its star-studded seams added three more names to its marquee yesterday - two Hall of Famers and one of the hottest young players on the LPGA Tour today.

Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak, with 12 major championships between them, and Japanese sensation Ai Miyazato, are confirmed for the $2.25 million US showcase at the Royal Mayfair.

WORLD-CLASS

"Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato are among the most recognized players in the world both locally on tour and on the international golf stage," said tournament director Sean Van Kesteren, who can't wait for the Aug. 13 start. "We're only one month out and we're extremely excited to be welcoming one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour this season."

The top 10 money winners on the LPGA have already confirmed, including Lorena Ochoa (No. 1), defending champion Cristie Kerr (No.3), Paula Creamer (No. 5) and Morgan Pressel (No. 8). They will be joined in Edmonton by fellow LPGA Tour stars Karrie Webb, Natalie Gulbis, Canadian Lorie Kane and teenage phenom Michelle Wie.

Among Inkster's 31 career victories are seven majors and a win at the 1984 Canadian Women's Open. Now in her 24th season on the LPGA Tour, Inkster - a member of both the LPGA Tour and World Golf hall of fames since 2000 - sits third on the Tour's all-time money list with over $11 million in earnings.

23 WINS

A 23-time winner (five majors) Pak is fourth on the LPGA's all-time money list at $8.9 million.

With her five top-10 finishes in 13 starts this season, Miyazato, is quickly becoming one of the worlds most talked about up and coming young stars. She's already won 14 times on the international stage, so it's only a matter of time before she breaks through on the LPGA.


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