It should come to little surprise that this year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open will again have a field full of the best players in the world. With one of the highest purses on a tour that seems to have fewer events all the time, it should be a no-brainer for the players to beat their way to Canada every summer.
Flagstick has already had contact with Anna Nordqvist and Natalie Gulbis earlier in the year indicating they will come north this summer but since they are not officially committed yet (as far as we know) we’ll instead focus on the trio of prime players that Golf Canada and CN announced as commited to the tournament as of Monday.
On April 25th Golf Canada and CN announced that LPGA Tour star Paula Creamer headlines a trio of notable players that have confirmed their early intention to compete in the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open, August 22-28 at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que.
Creamer will be joined by fan favourite Christina Kim as well as the No. 2 ranked player on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Jiyai Shin. The trio are among the early players set to challenge for the $2.25 million USD purse at Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship.
With the championship still four months away, CN Canadian Women’s Tournament Director Sean Van Kesteren is confident that all of the world’s best players will be in Montreal for the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
“Together with our partners at CN, we are pleased to announce Paula Creamer, Christina Kim and Jiyai Shin as three of our early commitments for the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open,” said Van Kesteren. “Our field is one of, if not the strongest on tour and should once again feature a mix of established veterans, notable Canadians and emerging superstars that will treat Canadian fans to a tremendous golf showcase later this summer.”
Creamer is a 9-time winner on the LPGA Tour including the 2010 US Women’s Open. The former LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2005) currently sits 10th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking and is a 3-time member of the US Solheim Cup Team.
Shin, currently the 2nd ranked player on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, is an 8-time winner on the LPGA Tour. She is a former LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year (2009) and finished tied for 2nd at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Kim, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour and fan favourite, currently sits 54th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. She is a 2-time member of the US Solheim Cup team and has made the cut in all five events that she has played in 2011.