Defending champion, Caroline Masson, and fan favourites Brooke Henderson, Brittany Lang, Lexi Thompson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen top the list of early commited players for the 2017 Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club from June 7-11.
Masson was a Rolex First-Time Winner when she captured her first win on tour last year at the Manulife LPGA Classic by firing a final round 67 to claim a one-shot victory.
Henderson, a Smiths Falls, ON, native, will be welcomed by large galleries as she searches for her first win on Canadian soil. She became the second youngest player in LPGA history to win a major championship with her victory at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and has picked up two other LPGA Tour wins. The teenager has 18 career top-10 finishes, including 15 last year.
Manulife ambassador, Brittany Lang, was a force on tour in 2016. Along with six top-10 finishes, she captured her first-career major at the U.S. Women’s Open. The inaugural Manulife LPGA Classic champion will share her personal stories of perseverance as a guest speaker at the second Women of Influence luncheon presented by The DivaCup, taking place on June 6 at Whistle Bear.
While no stranger to the Waterloo Region, this will be Lexi Thompson’s first attempt at ‘taming the bear’. The top-ranked American sits fifth in the Rolex Rankings and is eager for her first win in 2017. The seven-time champion has won an event in each of the past four seasons, including one major.
Ariya Jutanugarn took the LPGA by storm last year. The Rolex Ranked No. 2 player picked up early recognition as the first native of Thailand to win on tour and went on to lead all players with five wins. Jutanugarn finished strong, becoming the second player to capture the Rolex Player of the Year, Race to the CME Globe and the LPGA Official Money Title all in the same season. She will be looking to top her T5 finish last year.
With her fiercely competitive play, tour veteran, Suzann Pettersen, is on the hunt for a repeat victory after staying in contention last year with a T5 finish. The 15-time LPGA Tour winner boasts two victories in Canada, the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic and 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
For more information on the tournament, tickets, hospitality and sponsorship options, or to find out more on how to get involved as a volunteer, visit manulifeclassic.ca. Youth 17-and-under are admitted free.
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