Jin Young Ko Sets Tournament Scoring Record to Capture 2019 CP Women’s Open
Golf Canada – Brooke Henderson earns Sandra Post Medal as low Canadian –
– News and notes from Magna Golf Club for Sunday, August 25th –
AURORA, Ont. – Jin Young Ko played flawless golf again Sunday at the CP Women’s Open to capture her fourth LPGA Tour title of the 2019 season.
Ko, who shot an 8-under-par 64 Sunday at Magna Golf Club, has now gone 106 holes without a bogey. She beat Nicole Broch Larsen, whose runner-up was her best career LPGA Tour finish, by five shots.
Lizette Salas and Brooke Henderson tied for third at 19-under.
Jin Young Ko’s winning score of 262 (-26) is a new CP Women’s Open tournament scoring record. She beat the prior record – held jointly by Ariya Juanugarn in 2016 and So Yeon Ryu in 2014 (265, -23) – by three shots.
“It was (an) incredible crowd out here, and then lots of fans here and Koreans, too,” said Ko of the final round, where she was grouped with Broch Larsen and Henderson.
Ko has won two majors already this year – the ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship – along with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She leads the Rolex Rankings as the world’s No.1-ranked golfer, as well as the season-long Race to CME Globe.
Ko started to pull away on the back nine, where she made six birdies.
Ko also has a Canadian connection, as she uses PGA of Canada professional Gareth Raflewski has her short-game coach. Ko said Raflewski helped her totally revamp her short game after spending two weeks together in Florida earlier this year.
“I changed everything about my short game, like (my) setup or clubs or mind, everything. And then he help me a lot on the course or off the course, too,” said Ko. “So, I want to say to thank you.”
Ko revealed she was debating staying in South Korea this week versus travelling to play the CP Women’s Open, but a tasty Canadian treat helped change her mind.
“I like Canada and I like ice cappuccino. That’s why I wanted to play this week,” she said with a laugh.
Henderson and Ko walked with their arms around each other as they walked up the 18th hole at Magna. Henderson admitted she knew as the round went on there was a point when she wouldn’t be able to catch Ko.
“She’s world No.1 for a reason,” said Henderson. “She’s had an unreal season. I don’t even know, is it four wins now? Four wins on one of the toughest tours there is. There is so much talent out here. To get one win is hard; to get four is really cool.”
The LPGA Tour heads to Portland for the Cambia Portland Classic next week – a tournament Henderson has won twice.
Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver will play host to the 2020 CP Women’s Open.
BROOKE HENDERSON WINS SANDRA POST MEDAL AS LOW CANADIAN
Although Brooke Henderson was unable to defend her CP Women’s Open title, it was still a fantastic week for her. A tie for third earned Henderson the Sandra Post Medal as Low Canadian.
Henderson, who shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday, finished seven shots back of Jin Young Ko.
Earlier this year, Henderson topped Post herself as the winningest Canadian golfer of all time on the LPGA Tour.
“I feel like I’m getting better every year on the LPGA Tour, which is a great feeling. I feel like if I can just continue to make small improvements good things can happen in the future,” said Henderson as she looked ahead to what’s to come. “It’s exciting knowing that I can compete against the best in the world every single week and have chances to win championships.”
Henderson, who has won twice ready this year, called this week at Magna Golf Club “incredible.” The tournament enjoyed record walk-up and corporate hospitality sales and was the second-most attended CP Women’s Open in history.
“The fans, the crowds, so good. Record-breaking really. So that’s really special,” Henderson said. “I feel like I made a lot of birdies and hopefully made it pretty exciting for them. T3, I couldn’t really ask for anything more. It would’ve been very difficult to catch Jin Young today.”
Henderson said, from start to finish, she had a great week and enjoyed being a proud CP ambassador and CP Women’s Open defending champion.
“I feel like I handled it really well,” said Henderson of the extra responsibilities this week. “There were a lot of extra things I had to do, but overall it was really fun. Just to be able to play well in front of all these people, and, you know hopefully, make their weekend a little bit better, that’s all I really want.”
Now Henderson looks ahead to Vancouver in 2020, with a fire already burning to return to the winner’s circle.
“I’m really excited to play Shaughnessy. I’ve never played it; only heard amazing things.” added Henderson. “I think it’ll be fun to get back out on the west coast. I tend to play pretty well out there, so that’s exciting. To finish I guess T12 in Ottawa, the win and then T3 this year, I feel like I’m trending in the right direction and hopefully I can get another top finish.”
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The following are fourth-round scores for the 15 Canadians competing in the 2019 CP Women’s Open:
Brooke Henderson 66-69-65-69 (-19)
Anne-Catherine Tanguay 66-74-71-71 (-6)
— MISSED CUT —
Alena Sharp 73-71 (E)
Megan Osland 72-74 (+2)
Maude-Aimee Leblanc 77-70 (+3)
Brittany Marchand 77-71 (+4)
Maddie Szeryk 78-72 (+6)
Valérie Tanguay 76-75 (+7)
Mary Parsons * 78-74 (+8)
Emily Zhu * 79-74 (+9)
Brigitte Thibault * 78-78 (+12)
Céleste Dao * 77-80 (+13)
Casey Ward 80-77 (+13)
Michelle Liu * 81-82 (+19)
Lorie Kane 87-80 (+23)
* denotes amateur
A full list of scores for the 2019 CP Women’s Open are available by online here.
NEARLY $2.5M RAISED AT 2019 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN; A NEW RECORD
Canadian Pacific announced this year’s CP Women’s Open, hosted at Magna Golf Club, delivered the largest donation in the history of Canada’s women’s open championship.
Earlier today, a $2.2 million cheque was presented to the SickKids Foundation. These funds will go towards upgrading a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. The total contribution to SickKids is the result of several fundraising efforts, all under the CP Has Heart program. Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed $5,000 for each birdie made by a player on the 17th hole during tournament play. Fans were also able to pledge a donation amount or per birdie donation to be matched. A total of 43 birdies represents a $215,000 donation. CP also supported the tournament host community this year with a $250,000 donation to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. to support paediatric cardiac care.
In the six years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, more than $10.5 million has now been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada. The 2019 tournament marked the third time in six years that southern Ontario has hosted the CP Women’s Open, resulting in more than $5.5 million donated in the province: London (2014 – $1.3 million), Ottawa (2017 – $2 million) and Aurora (2019 – $2.45 million).
2020 CP WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 31- September 6, 2020 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. Through its CP Has Heart program, title sponsor CP will once again make a substantial donation to the host community of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship by supporting local paediatric care. The 2020 CP Women’s Open is proudly sponsored by CP, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Coca-Cola and the Government of Canada. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com or call 1-800-263-0009.
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ABOUT THE 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 19-25, 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. The CP Women’s Open is proud to name the SickKids Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2019. Funds raised will be dedicated to pediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women’s Open, Canada’s Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Golf Town, Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.
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