It may not have been the fairytale ending at the 2017 CP Women’s Open but ultimately it ended with one pretty damn good champion.
Canadian victory hopes fell on local girl Brooke Henderson, who started the final round three strokes short of the leaders, but she could only manage an even par round (71) to earn a share of 12th place. It did earn her the Sandra Post Medal for the Low Canadian Professional but the big prize went to a player from a far more distant locale.
LPGA TOUR rookie Sung Hyun Park distinguished herself on Sunday with a closing 64 at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club to win the 2017 CP Women’s Open.
The 23 year-old South Korean is no stranger to trophies having lifted the United States Open chalice earlier this year. In her short time as a professional she has also earned ten wins on the Korean LPGA TOUR. She can play the game, and she proved it this week on a stern test in Canada’s National Capital.
As the lead changed numerous times on a day when nobody seemed to want the title, it was Park who stepped up and easily erased a four-stroke overnight deficit.
“I think it was a perfect game today,” said the Seoul native via an interpreter. “Everything was — there were no mistakes today, and I think it was perfect.”
And perfect it was. Park put seven circles on her card on Sunday against no squares, crowning the two-stroke victory over countrywomen Mirim Lee with birdie on the final hole.
As the reigning United States Women’s Open Champion she is a fitting victor given the course conditions this week. Her -13 total was hard-earned on a layout that several of her fellow competitors mentioned as being at a “major championship” level.
A Nice Fit
“I just feel comfortable on this golf course,” shared the champion. “I think this golf course fits my game. My shots and putting was good. I think this week was just perfect for me. I feel a little nervous when I play in the last group. But I was not today.”
A testament to the number of player in contention over the final round was the five-way tie for third place. That was shared by Shanshan Feng, Nicole Broch Larsen, Marina Alex, Cristie Kerr and In Gee Chun.
For her victory Park earned (USD) $337,500, boosting her year-long earnings to $1,878,615. She is also projected to move to 4th place in the race To The CME Globe.
She also joins countrywomen So Yeon Ryu and In-Kyung Kim as the only multiple winners this year on the LPGA TOUR.
While Brooke Henderson finished in a share of 12th place it also proved to be a good week for one other Canadian. Brittany Marchand, a Symetra Tour member playing on a Sponsor’s Exemption, tied for 30th place at -3 total.