Coming on the heels of the Solheim Cup, the CN Canadian Women’s Open is going to offer some opportunities for a symbolic rematch between the Europeans and the Americans overlaid by a return to the women’s golf scene of the Asian players and punctuated by an ongoing competition between 1, 2, & 3, Inbee Park (South Korea), Stacy Lewis (USA), and Suzann Pettersen (Norway). So who am I watching?
Lydia Ko (New Zealand) is the defending champ. She beat Inbee Park last year at this event and claimed her first LPGA victory. Can the teen phenom do it again? She’s worth watching because she’s such a fabulous, determined, gritty golfer.
Charley Hull (England), another teen phenom, took Paula Creamer (USA) to the cleaners last weekend at the Solheim and then asked the Pink Panther to autograph a golf ball for her boyfriend while they were still lingering on the fringe of the 18th green after the match. Hull and Ko are playing together for the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Canadian Open. I’m very eager to see these two rounding together.
Another Team Europe Solheim standout, Caroline Hedwall (Sweden) is also going to play in the Canadian Open. Hedwall was the only player on either Solheim team to go 5-0. She’s hot. She’s good. If she’s still brings the same game to the Canadian Open that she showed up last weekend, she could easily leave the entire field behind. I’m keeping her on my radar.
The ongoing competition between Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, and Suzann Pettersen is always fun to watch. Has Park recovered her sturdy, consistent, near-robotic game and blown some life back into her putter that failed so miserably at the Women’s British Open? If so, there’s isn’t a player in the tournament who’ll be able to beat her.
Stacy Lewis missed putt after putt in Colorado and seemed unable to summon any golf glitter as she slogged through her final Sunday round? Has she regained control of her mental game? If so, she could put another win in her column that would take the sting out of her Solheim performance and make a sweet pairing to her Women’s British Open win. And Pettersen? Always a standout, looked good at the Solheim, seemed cool and collected and ready to tee off again today, she could easily make this one hers.
The CN Canadian Women’s Open will be covered by Golf Channel: Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm; Friday, 12:30-2:30pm; Saturday, 5:00-7:00pm; Sunday, 4:00-6:00pm, all times ET. And I’ll provide a daily wrap-up of each round, beginning tonight. Place your bets and take your seats!