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CP Women's Open Preview, Pairings, and More

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This week the LPGA travels to Canada for the playing of the CP Women's Open. Brooke Henderson will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she fired a final round 65 to win by four strokes over runner-up Angel Yin.

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Brooke Henderson will be trying to defend her title in front of her home town fans.

This will be tournament #24 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the Key Details:
Course: Magna Golf Club
Location:  Ontario, Canada
Defending Champion:  Brooke Henderson
Winning Score: 66-66-70-65 = 271 (-21)
History: This event began in 2001

Final Field:  156 players
Par:  71
Yardage: 6,675
Purse:  $2,250,000
Race to the CME Globe: 500 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole: 14th (Par 5)

My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (up from 70% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA priority list and 37 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. The field will be led by top five ranked players: Jin-Young Ko, Sung Hyun Park, Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee, and Ariya Jutanugarn. Players skipping the event this week include: Inbee Park, Hyo Joo Kim, Eun-Hee Ji, and Pornanong Phatlum.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

Here are the Television Times:
GC August 22 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
GC August 23 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
GC August 24 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET
GC August 25 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Jin Young Ko - Has to be considered the favorite every time she tees it up.
2- Sung Hyun Park - No.1 spot still within her reach.
3- Lexi Thompson - Has never won this event.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Brooke Henderson - Don't bet against the hometown favorite.
2- M.J. Hur - Has a history of playing well in streaks.
3- Jeongeun Lee6 - Because you can never count her out.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Brittany Altomare - Is quietly having a very solid season.
2- Jennifer Kupcho - That first win may be coming soon.
3- Ally McDonald - Fighting hard for a Solheim Cup spot.

Other Tidbits:
Juli Inkster will announce her two captain's picks for the Solheim Cup at the completion of this tournament.

I will be attending this tournament all week. Look for a photo gallery in a day or two.

Here are the leaders after round 1:

This Week's Trivia Question:
Only one player has played in all 23 LPGA tournaments this year. Can you name her?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

UPDATE #1 - The four players that Monday qualified and are added to the field are: Kelly Tan, Suzuka Yamaguchi, Robyn Choi, and Muni He. Maddie McCrary and Julieta were also added.

Here are the final results:
1 Jin Young Ko -26
2 Nicole Broch Larsen -21
3 Lizette Salas -19
3 Brooke Henderson -19
5 Carlota Ciganda -16
5 Nasa Hataoka -16
7 Caroline Masson -15
7 Amy Olson -15
9 Ariya Jutanugarn -14
10 Yu Liu -13
10 Angel Yin -13
10 Jessica Korda -13
13 Jane Park -12
13 Brittany Altomare -12
13 Xi Yu Lin -12
13 Danielle Kang -12
13 Megan Khang -12
13 Aditi Ashok -12
13 Pajaree Anannarukarn -12
20 Sung Hyun Park -11
20 Lexi Thompson -11
20 Sakura Yokomine -11
20 Mi Jung Hur -11
20 Nelly Korda -11
25 Celine Boutier -10
25 Minjee Lee -10
25 Katherine Kirk -10
25 Su-Hyun Oh -10
25 Jasmine Suwannapura -10
25 Wei Ling Hsu -10

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