The LPGA Tour lands in Canada this week for the Manulife LPGA Classic and it will do so with a record size field in attendance.
Expanded to include 150 players, the 4th running of the tournament will draw 92 of the top 100 players from the world rankings to the Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario.
Just one of those players is a Canadian; Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is now the 69th ranked player in the world, but she will be joined in the competition by nine other Canadians. That will include her older sister, Brittany Henderson, and fellow Eastern Ontario resident Augusta James. All three are playing on Sponsor’s Exemptions this week.
The seven other Canadians playing for the $1.5 purse will be Alena Sharp, Sue Kim, Lorie Kane, Jennifer Kirby, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Sara Maude Juneau, and Natalie Gleadall. Gleadall earned her spot through Monday’s qualifier while Juneau received the last available Sponsor’s Exemption.
Although star Michelle Wie withdrew on Monday to continue deal with a hip injury, most of the top ten players in the World will be in Cambridge. Eight out of ten of them, in fact. That includes two time CP Women’s Open Champion and World No. 1 Lydia Ko and those just behind her in the ranking, Inbee Park, and Stacey Lewis.
Fresh off her 5th LPGA win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Ann Nordqvist will also compete.
“The caliber of players attending this year is outstanding,” said Milaina Wright, Tournament Director. “The Manulife LPGA Classic has a great reputation of drawing large crowds that support these talented golfers and I’m sure players and fans alike will not be disappointed this year.”