What’s going to make the CN Canadian Women’s Open a “Don’t Miss It” tournament? Two knock-your-socks off teenagers are going to tee it up Thursday at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta and I’m predicting that they’re going to dominate the 72-hole tournament.
Lydia Ko, the New Zealand amateur, is the defending champ and Charley Hull, the English teenager who took Paula Creamer to the cleaners last Sunday at the Solheim Cup, is going to challenge her.
The Solheim Cup Team Europe captain, Lisolette Neumann, described Hull as “a special girl.” She is, indeed, just that — fearless, seemingly immune to pressure, risk-taking, and thoroughly enjoying her ability to take on and take down the likes of Lexi Thompson and Creamer. On last Saturday afternoon Hull anticipated her Sunday match with Creamer:
Now she’s going to take on defending champ Lydia Ko, not to mention Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, numbers 1, 2, & 3 in the Rolex Rankings.
Ko isn’t going to go down easily. She’s ranked 18th in the Women’s World Golf Rankings after only 21 professional tournaments, and she’s still a schoolgirl amateur. At the 2012 Canadian Women’s Open Ko defeated Inbee Park by 3 shots. She has yet to miss a cut in 22 tournament entries.
Ko’s drive is about average in length but it’s highly accurate. She consistently keeps herself in the short grass and hits 70% of the greens in regulation. She’s a highly competent putter and cards in the 60s.
Hull’s stats mirror Ko’s. They’re technically quite evenly matched. In a few days we’ll see who’s more skilled at managing the mental game. Take your seats and place your bets!
The Golf Channel will provide daily coverage of the Canadian Women’s Open: Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm; Friday, 12:30-2:30pm; Saturday, 5:00-7:00pm; Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm, all times EST. And I’ll provide a nightly wrap-up of the day’s play.