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CN Canadian Women’s Open Third-round notes and interviews

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CN Canadian Women’s Open
Hillsdale Golf & Country Club
Mirabel, Quebec
August 27, 2011
Third-round notes and interviews

Ai Miyazato -12, Rolex Rankings No. 7
Michelle Wie -12, Rolex Rankings No. 14
Tiffany Joh -12, Rolex Rankings No. 149
Angela Stanford -11, Rolex Rankings No. 20
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc -8

Defending champion Michelle Wie and Rolex Rankings No. 7 Ai Miyazato
are tied with LPGA rookie Tiffany Joh at 12-under-par 204 after three
rounds of play at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. 
The trio leads U.S. Solheim Cup teammates Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome by one shot with 18 holes remaining at Hillsdale Golf & Country Club.

Wie tallied a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to grab a share of the lead entering Sunday’s final round in Montreal. The Hawaiian needed 29 putts – two more than each of her previous two rounds – to get around Hillsdale with five birdies and a lone bogey. Wie is looking for a third LPGA Tour victory and a second in Canada following her triumph at last year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg. She has four top-10 finishes this season, but has no better than a tie for 28th in her last five events leading up to this week.

“I just felt like for a while I was playing a lot better than my score showed,” Wie said. “I was talking to Rosie [Jones, U.S. Solheim Cup Team Captain.] I just needed everything just to kind of fall into place. I’m kind of working on one thing a little too much and then something else goes, so I’m just trying to get everything together.”

Miyazato turned in her highest round of the week with a 1-under-par 71 on Saturday after carding 65 and 68 to enter the weekend in a tie for first with Stanford at 11-under-par. The seven-time Tour winner is seeking her second victory of the 2011 season following her win at the Evian Masters in France last month.

“I’m playing really good,” Miyazato said. “I had so many birdie opportunities out there today. Back nine I just couldn’t hit some putts. For some reason it just didn’t go in. So I tried to hang in there and tried to enjoy [being] in the last group playing in the last group. So, unfortunately, just 1 under par today, but I’m very satisfied.”

Joh, known for her affable nature, raced to a career-low 7-under-par 65 with seven birdies in her first 11 holes, jumping from a tie for 20th into a tie for the lead today. The LPGA Tour rookie is also a member of the LPGA Futures Tour where she has two career victories including last month’s South Shore Championship in Indiana.

Looking for back-to-back titles: A year ago, Michelle Wie capped off a wire-to-wire victory at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg by shooting a final-round 70 to capture her second LPGA Tour win. On Sunday, she’ll have a chance to defend her title when she tees off in the final group after shooting a 4-under 68 in Saturday’s third round.

One key difference for Wie this week that’s helped put her back into contention has been her putting. She needed just 27 putts in each of her first two rounds and had 29 on Saturday. It’s been a little over a month since Wie switched to a Nike-style long-putter and she said that she’s starting to get the feel for her new putter.

“I’ve been working really hard at my putting,” Wie said. “Finally I kind of figured out a grip that I like,

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