The GIST’s Guide to the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
Presented in partnership with the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open
The GIST: The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open is the only LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) tournament played in Canada and is Canada’s national open! The tournament is taking place from August 19th to 25th at the stunning Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario.
Tell me about the tournament: The first Women’s Open held in Canada tee’d off in 1973 and has grown in viewership each and every year. While Canada’s national open (formerly known as the Du Maurier Classic) used to be one of the five major tournaments (yes, the LPGA has five majors while the PGA men’s tour has four), in 2001, it was replaced by the Women’s British Open to better mimic the PGA’s format. That said, the CP Women’s Open is still one of the highest regarded and most competitive tournaments of the season.
What’s also great about the CP Women’s Open is that the location of the tournament changes each year so that players and fans alike can experience everything that our true north strong and free has to offer.
The purse (total winnings) of the CP Women’s Open is $2.25M, with the winner taking home $337,500.
Who’s playing this year?: 90 of the top 100 best players in the world are making their way to Aurora, Ontario. How lucky are we?! Here’s who to keep an eye on:
Brooke Henderson, Canada, world-ranked No. 9: At the ripe age of 21 years old, this Smith Falls, Ontario, native is the best pro golfer in Canada’s history (for both men and women), having just won her record-setting ninth LPGA tournament at the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan this June. We repeat, she’s only 21. King Queen of the North!
Henderson is also the defending champ of the CP Women’s Open, winning in Saskatchewan last year. With that victory, she became the first Canadian in 45 years (and only the second ever) to win Canada’s national open. You better believe she’ll be looking to defend her title this year.
Interested in learning more about Brooke? Keep your eyes peeled for more on her from The GIST in August.
Lexi Thompson, USA, world-ranked No. 4: Believe it or not, this superstar came onto the LPGA tour at the age of 12 as the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. While she’s won only one LPGA tournament, she’s consistently knocking on the door, and most recently tied for second in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open major tournament. We wouldn’t be surprised if she cracks the top 10 at the CP Women’s Open.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, world-ranked No. 7: Jutanugarn became the first Thai golfer (male or female) to win a major championship when she won the British Women’s Open back in 2016. She followed that up with another major title in 2018, when she won the U.S. Women’s Open. Jutanugarn accomplished all of this before turning 23 years old. Yes, we’re picking our jaws up off the floor too. Although Jutanugarn is currently ranked No. 7 in the world, she’s no stranger to being atop the charts, having secured the No. 1 ranking in 2017. Jutanugarn is coming off a second-place performance at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and will be looking to keep the good times rolling swinging.
Sung-hyun Park, South Korea, world-ranked No. 1: We’ve saved the best player in the world, Park, to talk about last. At only 25 years old, Park as already won an ESPY for best female golfer, an LPGA Player and Rookie of the Year trophy (both won in 2017) and two major championships. Incredible. In addition to playing in the LPGA, Park also participates in the Korea Tour and since 2014 has won a whopping 10 tournaments in Korea. No stranger to the spotlight, look for Park to hit the ball out of the “park” at the CP Women’s Open.
Anything else I should know?: Actually, yes. One of our favourite aspects of this tournament is its focus on giving back. SickKids Foundation is the primary charity partner for the CP Women’s Open. Their goal is to raise $1.75M that will go towards upgrading a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. Such a worthy cause! There are various fun ways to donate to the SickKids Foundation while you’re at the tournament (more on that later) and you can also make a donation here.
How can I watch?: The question really is: how can you not watch? There are plenty of ways to be involved with the CP Women’s Open:
You can attend the CP Women’s Open by purchasing your tickets here. Tickets are v. reasonably priced, starting at $20, and kids under 12 are admitted for free.
And things just got a whole lot better. Use code GIST19 at checkout for a 15% discount*.
There are two massive parking lots available with shuttle service to and from the Magna Golf Club. It’s also a quick GO train ride away from Toronto. Convenience at its finest.
The CP Women’s Open is looking for volunteers (last year there were over 1,200!) to help make this incredible tournament possible. Want to lend a hand? Learn more about how you can volunteer here.
Not able to make it to the tournament? You can catch the action on the Golf Channel (if you have a subscription).