So many changes can happen in just one year on the LPGA Tour. New faces join the organization, seasoned pros hit the wall, and consistent players gain confidence, becoming Tour leaders with grit and determination.
At this year’s CPKC Women’s Open at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, spectators will experience top athletes showcasing the best of their game. Some of this year’s strongest players entered this tournament last year and missed the cut. Let’s see how their recent stats predict their success this year in Canada.
Celine Boutier has had a memorable season with three wins in 16 starts, including her first major title at the Amundi Evian Championship in her home country of France. Boutier has recorded at least six top-10 finishes in each of her last three seasons. According to KPMG Performance Insights, her consistency from tee to green allowed her to average three birdies per round, ranking in the top 50 of all players on Tour. This will be Boutier’s fourth time competing in Canada with her previous three appearances resulting in just two sub-70 rounds in 10 total rounds. Her best finish is a tie for 25th which came in 2019.
|Top-10 finishes||12:3||6: T5|
|Strokes won the tee in green||0.86: 40th||0.99: 38th|
|Average birds per round||3.93: 16th||3.35: T49|
|Average – Putts Per GIR||1.75: T5||1.81: T63|
Minjee Lee enters this week as one of only four active players to make the cut in every event played in 2023. Lee holds that feat along with Linn Grant, Nasa Hataoka and Hyo Joo Kim who are ranked in the top 26 in the race for the CME Globe Ranking. The strength of Lee’s game is her ability to hit the greens in regulation, consistently leading to double-digit birdies or better in all 13 events played this year. She has finished in the top 20 in eight of her last nine starts. This is Lee’s seventh CPKC Women’s Open appearance and in her previous six starts, she has recorded 10 of 20 rounds in the 60s and three top-25 finishes. Her best result is a tie for fourth place in 2018.
|Top-10 finishes||6: T14||
|Strokes won the tee in green||2.81: 4th||2.02: 9th|
|Average birds per round||4.24: 2nd||4.04: 4th|
|Average – Putts Per GIR||1.79: T33||1.80: T46|
Jin Young Ko continues to perform at a high level this year, finishing in the top 30 11 times in 13 total starts this season. Ko consistently ranks as one of the best players on Tour with a six-year career average of 1.76 shots per green in regulation. She is averaging more than four birdies per round for the fourth season in her six-year career on the LPGA Tour. Ko has excelled in competition like Lorena Ochoa did in her prime. She averages one win in every 6.6 matches played, or 15% of the time, and has been ranked as one of the top five players in the world for more than four consecutive years according to the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking. Ko has competed in the CPKC Women’s Open three previous times, recording eight of 10 rounds in the 60s with a total score of 35-under. Her 2019 win in Canada was her sixth Tour victory. Ko currently has 15 LPGA Tour wins including seven wins outside the United States.
|Top-10 finishes||5: T19||
|Strokes won the tee in green||0.62: 59th||1.43: 21 f|
|Average birds per round||3.58: T34||4.02: 5th|
|Average – Putts Per GIR||1.79: T33||1.77: T14|
As the excitement of the tournament builds, fans eagerly await the opportunity to see the best women compete for the trophy. Using course management, skill and accuracy, the 2023 winner will emerge victorious and add her name to a long list of talented CPKC Women’s Open champions.
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