Tee For Two – Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin Share Lead At CP Women’s Open

Nicole Broch Larsen (Photo: Scott MacLeod)

(Ottawa, Ontario) – On a golf course that many competitors have referred to as “major championship” quality this week, two players who have worked hard to minimize mistakes are leading the CP Women’s Open.

Besides that though, they have little in common save for a score of ten under score after three rounds over the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. They got there in two every different ways.

Larsen, 24, is a one-time LET TOUR winner ranked 140 in the world. She bombs it off the tee. Her tour stats this week say she is averaging 265 yards a poke but she has had several drives roll out thirty yards beyond that.

Five-under par to start day three, she had accumulated 13 birdies in the first two days but marred her progress with far too many bogies. That changed Saturday as she had just one blemish against six birdies. Her lone mistake came on the 7th hole.

“Today was a just kind of a little bit more solid. I still had a lot of good birdie opportunities and luckily less bogies,” she shared after her round. “Playing really solid and even though I had a little bit of a cold part of the front nine I still kept going and then four under on the back nine was really nice to finish off with.”

Larsen, the 2015 Ladies European Tour Player of The Year, is playing her first CP Women’s Open and is looking very comfortable.

She’ll continue to lean on her length and ability to make birdies as she pursues her first LPGA victory.

“I’ve made 21 (actually 19) birdies so far, so I know it’s scorable, if you just keep your focus off your card, and I did today. So I know I can score low on this course. If you kind of hit the fairways, then it’s quite easy out there.”

Easy or not, Sunday will be a different setting for the Dane as the record Canadian crowds will be lining the fairways. She does not seem phased. For now.

“Yeah, I mean, that will kind of be a new experience for me. While I have Sophie (caddie Sophie Gustafson, a 5-time LPGA winner) there with me, so I’m sure she can kind of help me stick to the plan and keep me calm out there. I mean, I won before on the LET, so, yeah, I’m ready.”

Mighty Mouse

The dynamic game of Broch Larsen is in sharp contrast to that of Mo Martin. Martin, 34, is a veteran with a game that leans on one big thing.

Her greatest asset? Accuracy.

She has only missed seven greens this week in Ottawa.

Since joining the LPGA TOUR in 2012 she has just one win to her credit, but it is one that may help her on Sunday as she pursues her second.

The triumph came at the 2014 Ricoh British Women’s Open and this week that may be an advantage as, according to Martin, the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club has a major-like setup. She noted that during her practice rounds.

“Yeah, right away it was pretty obvious it was going to play like an Open. It’s thick grass, and it’s got a big soaking on Monday from the rain. So that made it even thicker. There are still some puddles out there, but it’s just in great shape. The greens are super fast, and some very tricky pin placements out there. So they’re tricking it up like an open too.”

With that in mind the 56th ranked player in the world has her plan ready for Sunday.

“It’s just course management. It’s just doing your work, doing your homework before and knowing how to play the course once the tournament comes and adjusting to anything that changes.”

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Martin and Broch Larsen will have company on Sunday. They will be joined in the final group by In Gee Chun who sits one back of the lead at -9.

The trio will hit the first tee at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club at 1:05 p.m.

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