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CN Canadian Women’s Open Pre-tournament notes and interviews

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CN Canadian Women’s Open
Hillsdale Golf & Country Club
Mirabel, Quebec
August 23, 2011
Pre-tournament notes and interviews

Michelle Wie, Rolex Rankings No. 14
Lorie Kane, Rolex Rankings No. 227
Alena Sharp, Rolex Rankings No. 138

One of the strongest tournament fields of the year will be on display when the CN Canadian Women’s Open kicks off this week at the Hillsdale Golf & Country Club outside Montreal. Defending champion Michelle Wie will highlight the star-studded field of 156 players which features the top 50 players on the 2011 LPGA Official Money List as they compete for a $2.25 million purse and a $337,500 first-place prize.

Joining Wie in this week’s field are 17 of the Top-20 players in the Rolex Rankings. That includes Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and Suzann Pettersen, who jumped up to the No. 2 spot in the rankings after winning her second LPGA Tour event of the season at last week’s Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola. The 30-year-old Norwegian came from nine shots back in the final round at the Safeway Classic to defeat Rolex Rankings No. 5 Na Yeon Choi in a playoff.

Looking to defend: Michelle Wie captured her second LPGA victory last year at the CN Canadian Women’s Open when it took place at St. Charles Country Club outside Winnipeg. She shot a final-round 70 to take a three-stroke victory over Jiyai Shin, Kristy McPherson, Jee Young Lee and Suzann Pettersen.

This season Wie has four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Honda LPGA Thailand, but she has yet to capture a win. It’s not been exactly the type of season that Wie had hoped for herself, but the 21-year-old said it’s been a good learning experience.

“Obviously golf is a very long road, and I’ve had my ups and downs,” Wie said. “You know, I’ve had my good times and I’ve had my bad times. But I think, you know, through all of that I’ve been learning about myself.

“I do know that I need to be better and I need to work harder at my game, and I want to be at a higher level, and that obviously requires a lot of work…It’s always a fight, but at the same time I’m very proud of myself for how I’ve grown and how I’ve dealt with everything that has been dealt to me. And you know, I’m enjoying it. I think that’s the most important thing. I enjoy every day that I go out there. I look forward to the next, and for me that’s the most important thing is that I think the game is still fun and it’s still very enjoyable and I want to win more than ever.”

Oh, Canada! The CN Canadian Women’s Open is a coveted title for every player on the LPGA Tour, but more so for the 18 Canadians in the field this week at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club outside Montreal. Several LPGA Tour members are excited to tee it up in their native country of Canada. Lori Kane, Jessica Shepley, Adrienne White, Alena Sharp, Samantha Richdale and Lisa Meldrum are all looking to capture their first LPGA victory of the 2011 season and represent their home country club.

A Canadian has not won an LPGA Tour event on home soil since Jocelyne Bourassa did it in 1973. That date is one that Kane knows well, reciting it before any one else could answer the question on Tuesday. And so she was asked if there is any addition pressure to win here.

“There’s pressure every week,” Kane said. “And it’s the pressure that you put on yourself. We’re here for one reason and that’s to be

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