Managed by Golf Canada, the Canadian Women’s Open, now known as the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open is a pro golf tournament established in 1973. Today, CP Women’s Open is among the official events hosted in the LPGA Tour. The tournament has climbed up the ranks to become one of the most popular golfing events. In 2007 and 2008, it became the final ‘winner’ tournament meaning the winners got a direct entry to the LPGA Tour Championship.
History and Development
At the time of its establishment, the tournament was a three-round competition featuring 54 holes but was revised in 1978 to become a four-round competition featuring 72 holes. Today, the event has blossomed into one of the most coveted and prestigious golfing tournaments and as of 2007 – 2009 season, only the U.S. Women’s Open and the French Evian Masters were richer than the Canadian Women’s Open. Even though the prize fund was slashed, the $2.25 million purse is still among the highest on the LPGA Tour. The all-time high tournament prize money for the Canadian Women’s Open is $2.75 million which was bagged by Norwegian, Suzann Pettersen in 2009.
Throughout the years, the Canadian Women’s Open has been a success thanks to the host of sponsors. The past few tournaments have been sponsored by Canadian Pacific and hence the name, Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Other household names that have sponsored the event include BMO Financial Group, Imperial Tobacco Canada, and Canadian National Railway.
Past Winners and Records
The last CP Women’s Open was held at Wascana Country Club (Regina, SK) in 23rd August to 26th 2018 where Canadian pro golfer Brooke Henderson bagged the $2.25 million purse beating her competition by a margin of 4-strokes, with a score of 267. It was a grand fete because no Canadian had won the tournament in recent times. The 2017 title went to Park Sung-Hyun, a South Korean while Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand dominated the 2016 event.
In general, it is US golfers that have dominated the Canadian Women’s Open, bagging a total of 18 wins as majors and 29 overall wins. Canadians have not proved to be good enough with only two wins; the 1973 tournament and 2018. The tournament’s most celebrated golfers are Americans Pat Bradley and Brandie Burton who are three-time and two-time winners respectively.
2019 Canadian Women’s Open Date and Tickets
Now, all eyes are set on the 2019 Canadian Women’s Open which will be held from 19th to 25th August 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. Tickets for this year’s event are already on sale and start from $20. Make sure to grab yours now and witness who will come top at the tournament. Will Brooke Henderson retain her title or should we expect a new face? Only time will tell!