Surgery nixed, Kane confirms Canadian Open stop

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

Canada’s Lorie Kane confirmed that she plans to compete at this year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg.

Kane had considered taking time off for surgery to address a hip problem but has been able to correct it without undergoing the knife.

“My hips are good,” Kane said during a Monday teleconference call to announce that CN is renewing its sponsorship of the Canadian Women’s Tour, the Canadian Women’s Open and the Future Links program. “I’m looking forward to Winnipeg. I played there (St. Charles Country Club) as an amateur.

“I’m really looking forward to going back to Winnipeg, and I’m looking forward to winning.”

Despite the renewal, the purse for the Canadian Women’s Open, which will be held Aug. 23-29, will be reduced to $2.25 million (U.S), which is still among the top five on the LPGA Tour.

“That allows us to commit more to other areas,” said David Higdon, LPGA chief communications officer, referring to such developmental programs as Future Links.

CN signed a three-year deal with a two-year option, the RCGA announced. Financial details were not forthcoming.

CN will also continue to support the Miracle Match program that raises funds for children’s hospitals of the host communities.

CN’s renewal was welcome news for the LPGA.

“Last year, we weren’t immune to what was going on relative to the economy,” Higdon said. “We lost a couple of tournaments and a couple of sponsors, and we had some upheaval in management.

“We’re in the process where we feel we’re moving in the right direction. We’ve got our mojo back.”

Michael Whan took over as LPGA commissioner after that upheaval.

“It was a rough time for us and now, we are moving forward,” said Kane, who is also sponsored by CN. “The commitment is there to continue the tournament and help young women find their way to the CN Tour.”


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