A two-shot lead on Saturday evening turned into a four-shot win for world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand on Sunday at the CP Women’s Open at Priddis Greens near Calgary.
Jutanugarn shot a final round, six-under 66 in which she posted just one bogey on the third hole. Her four-day 23 under score gave Jutanugarn her fifth win of the season at a tournament that she nearly didn’t play after withdrawing from last week’s Olympics in Rio with a knee injury.
“I feel like I’m going to withdraw this week because my knee hurt so bad last week, but when I got here on Monday and Tuesday, it’s getting a lot better, and first round of the tournament it’s fine,” said Jutanugarn.
Sei Young King of South Korea finished second at 19 under after she shot a 65, to finish one shot ahead of In Gee Chun, also of South Korea.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp topped all Canadians with a career-best fourth place finish after she shot a final round 67 to finish at 16 under and win the Sandra Post Medal as low Canadian.
For more on Sharp’s day, click here to listen to Sharp’s conversation with Hutch after her round.
Brooke Henderson and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., shot final round scores of 69 as each tied for 14th at 11 under. Going on to the 13th hole, Leblanc had it to five under, but added her first two bogeys of the day on the back nine.
“I hit the ball really good today. Putting was good, too, just the ball didn’t drop and just had a couple of bad breaks,” said Leblanc, adding her experience in Calgary set her up for next week’s Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ont.
“It’s good preparation. Obviously it’s going to be a very different course, but the greens are going to be firm and fast like here. It’s good preparation,” she said.
Having three Canadians finish in the top 15 for the first time in history should also stir up some interest at the Manulife, according to Henderson.
“’I’ve been seeing their names on the leaderboard all week and it’s really cool. Both of them are really good friends to our family,” said Henderson.
“Maude-Aimee played with my sister growing up and then Alena and I have become really good friends over the last year. It’s really cool to see them succeed and have awesome weeks, especially back home in Canada where the fans and the crowds are there, but yeah, all three of us in the top 15 is awesome,” she added.
Anne Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City also finished with a score of 69 to tie for 59th at two under, along with Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee, who won the Marlene Streit Medal as low amateur after shooting a final round 74.
The final leaderboard is here.