Kane dreams of home soil win

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Lorie Kane truly believes this could be the year she finally delivers on home soil.

After being bogged down the pressure of carrying the hopes and dreams of Canadians on her back, Kane believes her game is rounding nicely into form at just the right time.

"I would say that my game is the best it's been for a very long time," said Kane, after a press conference to promote the CN Canadian Women's Open, which will be held at St. Charles Country Club from Aug. 23 to 29. "I'm feeling really good. I've been working with (swing doctor) Sean Foley and Danny Sharp, who caddies for me and the three of us have gotten me back to where I was in the beginning of my career.

"I've not had a very good run the last two-and-a-half years, maybe three. But I just feel that the best is ahead of me."

What's the reason for the dramatic turnaround?

"The consistency," said Kane, who sits 93rd on the money list with $19,002 in earnings this season. "I was letting the air out of it and I had lost distance. Now I've got extra distance, my iron shots are sharper, my tee balls are good. Now it's just a matter of making some putts, as it usually always comes down to. I'm a good putter. I feel very confident with that, so it's just getting it all together.

"The biggest thing is right here (points to head) and having the confidence that I can still play. This is the truth, I have not reached my potential yet."

Kane didn't shy away from the question when asked what it would mean for her to win the CN Canadian Women's Open.

"It would be huge. I know there hasn't been a Canadian win since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973," said Kane, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour who has accumulated close to $7 million in career earnings. "I'm probably more comfortable playing at home than I ever have been. I think it was Dawn Coe-Jones who told me about 10 years ago to start enjoying coming to Canada to play and not feeling a burden.

"Never that I did (consider) it a burden, I always wanted to play so well and to ultimately win that it just added pressure. Now I'm just going out and enjoying golf. If it's a good shot, it's a good shot and if it's in the trees, I've got to find a way to try to get it out."

Since being disqualified in her season opener, Kane missed the next two cuts before making the past three -- finishing 49th, 35th and 64th respectively.

As for her schedule in the weeks leading up to the CN Canadian Women's Open, Kane is playing in this week's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Toledo, Ohio and she'll follow that up with the U.S. Women's Open in Oakmont, Pa.

While she's not guaranteed to get into the field, Kane is hoping to play in the Evian Masters tournament in France on July 22 to 25 and she will be teeing it up at the Ricoh British Open in Southport, England from July 28 to Aug. 1 and at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. from Aug. 20 to 22.


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