Tour's top players in mix at Priddis

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:34 AM ET

There's a reason why the richest women on tour keep getting richer.

Make that $15-million reasons why.

The consistency of those at the top of the money list week-in, week-out is eye-popping.

With only two of the Top 18 missing the cut, and many still in the mix to win the US$2.75 million CN Canadian Women's Open, it's the biggest reason to come eyeball the LPGA stars in today's final round at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

Never mind that Suzann Pettersen has a healthy five-stroke lead heading into the concluding 18 holes.

"With that lead, I don't think she's going to be able to sleep soundly tonight because tomorrow there's going to be a couple of people out there pressing her and giving her a run for the money," said LPGA acting commissioner Marty Evans late yesterday.

"That's what's so great about the LPGA.

"You never know."

No, you don't. But what's promised is an entertaining showdown thanks to a leader-board stuffed full of the best women golfers in the world.

The only two of the Top 18 to miss the cut here were Eun-Hee Ji -- No. 7 -- and Michelle Wie -- No. 17.

While the talented Pettersen is due for a win after coming up empty-handed the last 18 months, it won't come easy with competition looking to rally behind her. In fact, the eight closest competitors stand among the Top 22 on the cash ladder.

That includes Karrie Webb, the LPGA Hall-of-Famer who's 10th on the money list this year with US$753,878.

The savvy Aussie is six shots back of Pettersen.

"I know she wants it really bad, so I know she'll be wanting to finish it up," Webb said of Pettersen. "But if you lose a couple of shots early, then all of a sudden it's game-on for everybody."

As the top-ranked player in the world and the No. 9 money earner this year, Lorena Ochoa is forever game. She's seven shots back tied with the South Korean holding down the No. 4 spot, In-Kyung Kim.

One shot further back is Ai Miyazato, the Japanese talent at No. 3 on the cash list. No. 5, Yani Tseng, is there, too, as is No. 14, Kristy McPherson.

And Cristie Kerr, the top money-getter this year, is 10 strokes behind Pettersen.

TODD.SAELHOF@SUNMEDIA.CA


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