WINNIPEG -- Suzann Pettersen has done plenty of knocking this season and the only thing left to do is to kick down the door.
Pettersen, the defending CN Canadian Women's Open champion, is having an outstanding season on the LPGA Tour and about the only thing she hasn't done is find a way to post a victory.
"All I can do is just keep plugging along," said Pettersen, who has nine top-10 finishes and eight top-fives in 13 LPGA starts this season, including a tie for fourth last week at the Safeway Classic. "Sooner, rather than later, I think it will come.
"Hopefully, I can give myself a chance again this week. I've been playing really good all year. I'm happy and I've been trying to stay on top of everything. I feel great and I'm excited to be here in Winnipeg."
Gearing up for Canada's national championship is something Pettersen has been looking forward to.
"The Canadian Open is always a great week," said Pettersen, who has racked up $1,158,520.50 in earnings this season and currently sits fifth on the 2010 LPGA Tour money list.
"We play great courses, but we don't play the same course, so it feels a bit different coming back to defend."
Speaking of great courses, Pettersen likes what she's seen from St. Charles Country Club so far.
"I played nine holes and the course is tough," said Pettersen, a 29-year-old from Oslo, Norway. "It's going to be a good test again this week. My first impression is that the ball runs forever in the fairway. The greens aren't undulating, but there's some severeness to the greens. And the rough is up.
"A tree-lined golf course means hitting a lot of fairways and going for the middle of the green."
The quest to be the No. 1 player on the LPGA Tour has taken on a life of it's own as there are a handful of players battling for the top honour on a weekly basis.
"We get this question every day now," said Pettersen, who has six career LPGA Tour victories since joining the tour in 2003. "First of all, all you try to do is to win tournaments. If you win tournaments, the rest will be taken care of. Obviously, I'm glad to be in the position where I'm at, along with five or six other players. But it's tough. You need to play really solid week in and week out and you can't really afford any sloppy days on the golf course.
"It's a great competition and it really shows the depth in women's golf right now."
Pettersen chuckled when asked a question about why she wasn't wearing the Loudmouth pants the Norwegian curlers made famous during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
"I would probably have to ask Nike to design me some pants (like that) to wear on the golf course," said Pettersen. "(They) did draw some attention."