Tick it off in the necessary columns of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open — good competition, great cause: check and check.
The complete list of who will be competing at the London Hunt and Country Club from Aug. 18 to 24 won't be released until later this week, but last year’s event had 96 of the world’s top-100 and the roster is supposed to similar this time around. The $2.25 million purse should help with bringing in the best players.
The players the public already knows about would be sufficient enough, but to add onto it only strengthens things.
Two-time defending Canadian Women’s Open Lydia Ko, 17, is looking to make history by being the first person to win the tournament three times in a row. She won the first two as an amateur, but this will be here first time playing as a professional.
Seven past champions have confirmed to be there.
Four of the world’s top-five players are confirmed.
About 16 Canadians will break out their clubs, led by the world’s No. 2 ranked amateur Brooke Henderson who posted a course record last week at Komoka’s FireRock Golf Club at the PGA Women's Championship of Canada.
The stage is set for another nail-biting showdown like in 2006 at the last London-held Open when Christie Kerr won by a single stroke.
The Women’s Open organizers have done everything to get the masses out. Canadian Pacific has given the extra push by donating $100 to the Children’s Health Foundation for every advanced ticket sold by Aug. 17. Even $30 any day ground passes bought early will give a $100 donation.
Between 60,000 to 70,000 fans came out to the Open in 2006.
“If you think you’re going to come out and watch the golf you might as well buy an any day ticket, which is valid for whenever you want to come, and support the charity,” said Dan Pino, director of corporate communications for Golf Canada.
Kids 17 and under get into the tournament free all week with a ticketed adult, a way to expose the game at a high-level to youth.
“The more kids introduced and exposed to the game, it’s worth X amount for us to have them see and experience the best players in the world up close and personal,” Pino said.
Shaping up to be a good tournament: check.