Hole lot of strokes taken on 'tough one' at Priddis Greens

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:05 PM ET

It's been unlucky No. 13 this week.

Through three rounds at the CN Canadian Women's Open, the par-4 13th hole at picturesque Priddis Greens has stacked up as the most difficult test for the LPGA's parade of stars.

Of the 585 birdie putts that have dropped over the past three days at the private track southwest of the city, only 25 were carded at No. 13. Thirty-three players have marked double bogeys on their scorecards, while two didn't even manage to keep it that low.

"Yep, it's a tough one," said American Ashli Bunch.

"Some of the holes, you can hit a loose tee shot and still have a decent second shot, but you've got to hit two good shots there.

"It plays pretty long and it's a tough green. Overall, it's just a tough hole."

Bunch has made three consecutive bogeys at No. 13. And she's not the only one who's run into some trouble at the daunting dogleg.

Mexico's Lorena Ochoa, who's seven shots off the pace set by leader Suzann Pettersen, made double bogey there during the second round.

South Korea's M.J. Hur, who won last week's LPGA Tour stop and is 10 strokes back, made bogey and double bogey at No. 13 before finally carding a par yesterday.

Set against a breathtaking backdrop of rolling foothills, the 13th hole is easy on the eyes.

Looks can be deceiving, though.

Measuring 435 yards from the tournament tees and boasting just about every kind of hazard you can dream of, it puts a premium on both distance and accuracy off the tee.

A wide sand trap and thick rough guards the right side of the fairway.

Stray too far left, though, and you'll need to steer around a pair of towering trees to reach the dance-floor.

And then there's the pond that wraps around the left side of the topsy-turvy green, a water hazard that has swallowed numerous golf balls this week.

"It's all about the drive there. If you hit a good drive, you can take advantage of it," said American star Paula Creamer, the No. 4-ranked player in the world.

"The further you hit, the easier it makes the hole."

Not that easy, apparently. Creamer's satisfied if she can finish up in four strokes.

"Par on that is a good hole."


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