Canadian star Henderson and three-time champion Ko headline CP Women’s Open

Three-time champion Lydia Ko, defending champion Jin Young Ko and Canadian star Brooke Henderson are among the first entries for the 2022 CP Women’s Open in Ottawa.

Golf Canada on Tuesday released the first roster for the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, which returns after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes 16 of the top 20 players on the current LPGA Tour money list, seven former CP Women’s Open champions and 11 current-year LPGA Tour winners.

Also on the list is Canadian golf legend Lorie Kane, who will make a record 30th and final appearance at the tournament. The Charlottetown native is a four-time LPGA Tour winner.

The event will take place August 25-28 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

Lydia Ko won her first CP Women’s Open as an amateur in 2012. The New Zealander was the youngest winner of an event on the LPGA Tour at 15 years and four months.

She defended her title as an amateur in 2013 and won again as a professional in 2015.

Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ont., won the 2018 event at Wascana Country Club in Regina. South Korean Jin Young Ko, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, won the following year at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario.

Henderson, who was presented with the key to the city by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in a ceremony at the Hunt Club on Tuesday, is currently ranked 10th on the LPGA Tour money list.

Among the first commitments. Defending Canadian amateur champion Lauren Zaretsky of Thornhill was granted a bye.

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