Newspaper article The Canadian Press

LPGA's Current Trailblazers Lewis and Park to Tee It Up in Edmonton at CN Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

LPGA's Current Trailblazers Lewis and Park to Tee It Up in Edmonton at CN Open

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Golfers Lewis and Park to tee it up in Canada

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EDMONTON - Golf's current trailblazers Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park have confirmed they will renew their fight for the top spot in the LPGA rankings next week at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

But when Lewis and Park tee it up Aug 22-25, they will find the course at the Royal Mayfair Club has changed since the last Canadian Women's Open in the Alberta capital in 2007.

Park, ranked No. 1, saw her points lead shrink a bit after Lewis won the Ricoh Women's British Open Championship Aug. 4.

Park finished tied for 42nd on the Old Course at St. Andrews, but retains a healthy overall lead. She has a 12.77 world ranking average compared with 9.61 for the No. 2-ranked Lewis.

The British Open also ended Park's bid to become the first golfer to win four majors in a row in the same tournament year.

Nevertheless, the 25-year-old putting demon from Seoul, South Korea -- with six wins on tour in 2013 -- is still the golfer to beat.

Lewis, the 28-year-old from The Woodlands, Tex., has won three events this year.

Lewis and Park are the top two in scoring average, player points, and putts per greens in regulation.

Lewis was ranked No. 1 overall in March only to be overtaken when Park reeled off five wins in her next nine tournaments.

Both are known as precision hitters and keen readers of the green, which will serve them well on the Mayfair course, said club pro Robb James.

"It's all about the second shot out here," said James in an interview as crews around him raked, pruned, and mowed the course to prepare for the event.

"(You're) trying to find that perfect landing area so that you've got an opportunity to control your approach shot and get it on the right portion of the green.

"(And) because our greens are large and have got some significant contouring, you better have a pretty good putting game to be able to try to convert the rare birdie opportunities you're going to have on some of these very challenging par-fours."

The Royal Mayfair is tucked into the river valley opposite the city's downtown, surrounded for the most part by the winding North Saskatchewan River.

It is secluded and protected by towering poplar trees, but buffeted by winds that prevail from the northwest and can sweep and twist in different directions from hole to hole. …

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