World-class female golfers coming to 'Peg

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

Manitoba golf fans are in for another treat.

With less than three weeks to go before the CN Canadian Women’s Open at St. Charles Country Club, a world-class field figures to be a strong selling point.

“Our field is shaping up to be one of the strongest on the LPGA Tour this year,” tournament director Sean Van Kesteren said during a conference call Thursday afternoon. “With the top players in the world attending and most of the top amateurs in Canada joining us, it’s going to be an exciting event. ... We’re going to have very large crowds and I would not be surprised if we break some attendance records.”

Among those committed to be in the field are defending champion Suzann Pettersen.

Pettersen sits fourth on both the Rolex Women’s World Golf ranking and the LPGA Tour money list, with close to US$1.1 million in earnings.

The Norwegian hasn’t won in 2010 but with seven Top-5 finishes in 12 starts you can expect her to be in contention to defend the title she captured last summer in Calgary.

Also expected are the three women who won majors in 2010: Yani Tseng (Kraft Nabisco Championship and Ricoh Women’s British Open), Cristie Kerr (LPGA Championship presented by Wegmans) and Paula Creamer (U.S. Women’s Open Championship).

The pursuit of the No. 1 world ranking — currently held by Jiyai Shin — should add to the intrigue.

“It does make it interesting,” said Van Kesteren. “Every week it seems to be flipping back and forth. It does create a natural buzz.”

Ai Miyazato, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie and 15-year-old Alexis Thompson are among the others who will be teeing it up at St. Charles.

Van Kesteren also announced on Thursday that more than $200,000 has already been raised for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba through the CN Miracle Match program.

The tournament runs from Aug. 23-29.


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