Kane wants major status

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

It is what it is. But it isn't what it should be.

It's time, says Lorie Kane, to make the Canadian Women's Open a major again.

"You know what? It is a major. Right now. It just doesn't have major status at the moment.

"It's the unofficial major.Let's call it that," said Canada's all-time most successful player on the LPGA Tour with 13 tournament wins and a 14th-place spot on the all-time money-winning list with $6,563,493.

"This tournament held major status when it was the du Maurier," she said of it being in there with the British and U.S. Open.

"With CN's involvement, it has quickly brought it back to what it was in the days of old. I know this company is very interested, along with the help of the LPGA, to move it to yet another level."

Kane wears 'CN' on her hat. She's sponsored by the railroad. Her pitch isn't necessarily her own pitch. It's believed that CN would be willing to up the prize money from $2.25 million to equal the $3.1M of the U.S. Open and $3M of the Evian Masters in France.

The British Open, held two weeks ago, had a $2M purse.

"Should it be a major again? Absolutely! In 11 months, this company has taken the purse up $900,000. I think that tells you where CN's interest is in moving it forward."

The Charlottetown, P.E.I., product says it ought not be a hard sell.

"The LPGA Tour has always supported Canada. The players look forward to coming and playing. The hospitality is the best at this tournament.

"When I first sat down with CN, they asked me 'What do we need to do?' I told them you need to make the players feel comfortable and they will come in droves. And they've done that.

"The golf courses are the best we have in this country," she continued. "We don't go to just anywhere. We really work hard at playing the best Canada has to offer and that brings a lot of players to play.

"It's our national championship, our national open. That's enough major status for me. This is the most important tournament on my schedule.

"I'm sure if you ask the Americans, the U.S. Open is the most important tournament on their schedule.

"I've always said to win this would be winning the Stanley Cup for me."

You can probably get longer odds on Kane winning this than Wayne Gretzky winning the Stanley Cup with the Phoenix Coyotes. Kane has only won $61,759 so far and sits 95th on the money list.


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