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Webb and Lee make solid starts in Canada

Minjee Lee off to a good start (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australians Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee have made encouraging starts at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa in Ontario to be within striking distance of the leader, American Marina Alex. 

Webb and Lee started with rounds of 1-under 70 to share 24th place and are just four shots off the pace at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.

Webb is a former winner of this event, or its equivalent, when successful in the 1999 Du Maurier Classic which was then a major on the LPGA Tour.

Lee is currently 17th on this season's LPGA Tour money list with earnings close to US$800,000 while Webb has had a disappointing year by her standards with her only top-10 coming from her recent runner-up finish at the Scottish Open.

Of the other Australians in this week’s field, Sarah Jane Smith is at even par, Su Oh is 2-over and 2008 winner at this venue, Katherine Kirk, started with a disappointing 5-over.  

Alex, a former star while at Vanderbilt University, has yet to win on the LPGA Tour but she keeps getting better, this season already her best since joining the LPGA in 2014.

“I had a couple weeks off, so it's always odd when you take two weeks off,” said Alex. “It's not that it kills momentum, but you just have to kind of get restarted again. But I guess the break was really helpful.

“I feel refreshed mentally, which is nice. Ready to go into the last big stretch here the next few weeks and then we head off to Asia, so that's still quite a lot of travel and golf left, so I'm just trying to pace myself.”

The 27-year-old leads by one over England’s Holly Clyburn and Korean In Gee Chun with the large group just one shot further back including leading players Shanshan Feng and Sei Young Kim.

World number one So Yeon Ryu began the week with a 2-under 69 while three-time winner, Lydia Ko, is amongst the group at 1-under.

World number three Ariya Jutanugarn continued her recent struggles after injury with a round of 76 and is currently four shots outside the likely cut.   



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