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TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Did the Royal Mayfair lose?

No less than 42 players were in red numbers with under-par tournaments when the CN Canadian Women's Open was over. Winner Lorena Ochoa was 16 under par.

Paula Creamer and Shi Hyun Ahn were also in double figures.

But sometimes the numbers lie said winner Ochoa.

"I was very surprised," she said of the scores.

"I said in the press conference that every day a couple under par would be enough and it didn't happen. I really don't know what happened.

"Sometimes you just have a lot of players that play really, really good.

"It's very different from week to week. But for sure there was a real level of golf amongst all the players. And I think that's great for the tournament and for all of you."

Runner-up Creamer agreed that the golf course didn't lose regardless what it may have looked like.

"No, definitely not. This golf course was fun to play. It was a good test of golf. You know, the cut was plus three.

"There was a pretty big gap from where Lorena was and then to third and fourth place. I would love to come back here. I mean, it would be a lot of fun."

HALEY'S COMMENT

Jim Haley, the LPGA official assigned to this tournament a week before it began and to deal with pin placements and tee box locations during the event, says it was a perfect balance.

"We saw some pretty good scores," said Haley. "But on the other hand the cut was a plus three. Normally it's pretty close to par.

"From week to week I can never figure out what it's going to be. We saw some pretty awesome shots here this week. One of the reasons was the weather in the last two days. With a lot of moisture, the best players were able to get pretty aggressive.

"So much of it is weather dependant. If you have no wind and soft greens, you're going to get some pretty good scores.

"The whole idea is to have a fair test of golf. I think most of the players would say we had that here. All the comments I heard from them has been favourable. There was a good mix of holes. There was some trouble out there and if you couldn't deal with it, you weren't going to be around on the weekend.

HARD THREES

"The par threes played really hard. The 18th was by far the toughest hole on Thursday but when the course got wet, the stroke averages came down."

Last year at the event in London, Ont. Cristie Kerr won it at 11 under with 21 golfers in red.

"I'm certainly not troubled by the scores," said Rick Desrochers, COO of the RCGA, pointing out that there were seven players at par and 107 over par in the event which began with 156 players.

"Fans like to see birdies," he added. "They don't come to see double bogeys.

"We don't dictate to the superintendents that they have to toughen up the golf course so the golf course is the show. The show is the players."

The tournament is likely to come back to Edmonton and the Royal Mayfair in five years and Haley says "I don't think we'd change much except for the weather.

"We're real excited with the spectators, even in the rain. There are a lot of people out there," he said as the final twosome teed off.


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