Moving day at the CN Canadian Women’s Open didn’t disappoint. The leaderboard went topsy-turvy as two of the Team Europe Solheim victors turned on the heat. Caroline Hedwall(Sweden), who’s been well down on the board during the first half of the tournament, carded an impressive 64 today and took the lead at 10 shots under par.
Hedwall was a powerhouse off the tee today, slamming drives that averaged better than 290 yards, about 30 yards over her own average! The women I golf with describe those as “boom-boom drives,” and they certainly positioned Hedwall nicely for the 7 birdies on her 3rd round card.
But being in the lead at this tournament at the end of the 3rd round doesn’t have much security. The field right behind Hedwall is crowded and tight.
Trailing 1 shot off the lead, Susann Pettersen (Norway), who’d been keeping Hedwall company down in the middling ground during the first 2 rounds, also made her move today. Shooting 1 stroke more than Hedwall, Pettersen carded 65 and wrapped up the 3rd round in a tie for 2nd place with defending champ Lydia Ko (New Zealand).
It was a solid round . . . I feel like I left a few out there, but there’s another round tomorrow
Suzann Pettersen, Post-Round Golf Channel interview
The Kiwi teenager is holding her own and playing a steady game with fairly accurate drives running about 270 yards. Carding 65, 69, & 67 for the tournament, Ko has a game that’s only going to get better with time. Her stats mirror her score. The 17-year old amateur is playing even with the top pros.
I.K. Kim (South Korea) and Brittany Lincicome (USA) also moved up the board today a shared 4th place at 2 shots off the lead. Kim had started the round in 19th and Lincicome in 12th. That’s not a bad day’s work, and they’re well within reach of the top of the board.
Gerina Piller (USA) and Paula Creamer (USA) are both in hot pursuit of the leaders. Piller carded 67 today and Creamer carded 69. Both are just 3 shots off the lead in a tournament that’s going to turn on a birdie here and a bogie there tomorrow. Both Piller and Creamer have had a little trouble with their putters. There’s not going to be any space for errors on the putting green tomorrow.
When there’s movement up the board, there’s also movement down the board, as Inbee Park (South Korea) and Charley Hull can both attest. Park held the lead going in to moving day but 1 birdie couldn’t balance out her 3 bogies and a double. She carded 74 and lost ground, dropping to a tied 15th on the board. Hull also struggled today. Three birdies, 2 bogies and a double sent Hull to the clubhouse with a 71, and a drop from 8th to the very crowded -4, 15th place. Redemption for Park or Hull is going to require some very good golf tomorrow. They both have that game in their bag. Can either of them pull it out?
The Golf Channel will broadcast highlights of the 4th round Sunday afternoon, 4:00-6:00pm, ET and I’ll provide a tournament wrap-up tomorrow evening. Then we can start getting ready for the Safeway Classic August 29-September 1, which will be played at the Columbia Edgewater County Club in Portland, Oregon.