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

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CN Canadian Women’s Open
Hillsdale Golf & Country Club
Mirabel, Quebec
August 28, 2011
Final-round notes and interviews

 

Brittany Lincicome -13, Rolex Rankings No. 15
Michelle Wie -12, Rolex Rankings No. 14
Stacy Lewis -12, Rolex Rankings No. 10

Rolex Rankings No. 15 Brittany Lincicome won the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open by getting up-and-down from about 40 yards to save par on 18th hole and secure a one-shot victory at the Hillsdale Golf & Country Club outside of Montreal. Lincicome shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday, battling high winds and heavy rain caused by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, to outlast defending champion Michelle Wie and Rolex Rankings No. 10 Stacy Lewis by a stroke and claim the $337,500 first-place check.

With former LPGA Tour member and Canada native A.J. Eathorne on her bag, Lincicome started the day one shot back of second-round leaders Wie, Ai Miyazato and Tiffany Joh. Lincicome got off to a hot start with birdies at one, five and seven, as she took advantage before the rain really started to fall and grabbed a two-shot lead over the field. A bogey on the par-4 12th moved Lincicome back a stroke and closer to what had become a very packed group at the top of the leaderboard. That included Lewis who was the early leader in the clubhouse after carding the low round of day with a 5-under 67 to finish at 12-under-par. Birdies by Wie on 13 and 15 moved her into a tie for the lead with Lincicome at 13-under but the defending champion hit her second shot on 16 into the water, resulting in a bogey that dropped her one back. Lincicome held steady over her final two holes, making a clutch par putt on 17 and then the up-and-down on 18 to secure her victory.

The win was Lincicome’s second on the LPGA Tour this season and the fifth of her career. It’s the first time in her career that she’s won multiple tournaments in the same season.

So close again: 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, Wie had the chance to make it back-to-back titles in Canada as she was right in the hunt until the very end.

After sinking a long birdie putt on No. 15, Wie was tied for the lead with Lincicome but a bogey on the 16th hole derailed her effort. As conditions worsened on 17 and 18, Wie wasn’t able to make a birdie that would have forced a playoff with Lincicome and instead recorded her second runner-up finish of the season. The other came at the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand.

“I made some long putts coming in, and Brittany played awesome,” Wie said. “You know, I’m proud of the way I hung in there today.”

 

Making a Sunday move: Stacy Lewis began Sunday’s final-round in a tie for 19th place and said that honestly she felt that she was out of the title hunt. But a hot start that included birdies on three of her first four holes suddenly put Lewis back in the mix and on a day where conditions were only going to get worse as the day went along, she found herself near the top of the leaderboard and holding the clubhouse lead at 12-under-par a little over an hour before the leaders were set to finish.

“Coming out this morning, I thought if I can get to double digits under par and finish Top 10, it would be a pretty good week,” Lewis said. “I got to 10-under on the turn, and it g

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