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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Kobra Goes for a Three-Peat

While the big news this week is the start of the FedExCup Playoffs, we can't ignore history in the making, can we? Lydia Ko's bid for a third straight win at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open -- her first as a pro, ironically -- certainly classifies.

Lydia Ko with Women's Canadian Open trophy

For those of you unfamiliar with the history of the Women's Canadian Open, it was a major from 1979 to 2000. Back then it was the du Maurier Classic; however, du Maurier was a tobacco company and, because of the Tobacco Products Control Act, a ban on tobacco company sponsorship nearly killed the event.  (In 2001 the Women's British Open became the new fourth major.)

After going back-to-back as an amateur in 2012 and 2013, this year is going to be a new experience for Lydia -- not just because she's a pro this time but because (as is common with national Opens) the venue has changed yet again. After wins at both Vancouver Golf Club (2012) and Royal Mayfair Golf Club (2013), Lydia will now have to master the London Hunt and Country Club if she hopes to become the youngest three-peater in history.

The new venue also comes with a new sponsor, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (the fourth since du Maurier's sponsorship ended). Canadian Pacific replaced the Canadian National Railway Company, the "CN" of the former CN Canadian Women's Open that Lydia won twice.

Here's an interesting bit of trivia from concerning something you'll probably notice during the TV coverage:
Lydia Ko entered the media center Wednesday with tape on her trademark glasses. Turns out her mother, who travels with her to every event, was to blame.
“I actually asked my mom could you please clean my glasses, but in that sense I never knew that she would break them,” Ko said, laughing. “I actually got them in Korea, and I actually got sent four new pairs but they’re all a little different to what I have. So for now I’m surviving on tape and super glue. I mean, it’s been okay. We’ve been trying to tape it up again. But I mean it shows, but I’ve already been on TV the last two weeks with it on, so what is the big difference?”
Oh, those crazy moms. You gotta love 'em!

GC will broadcast some of Lydia's attempt to defend her defense (?) at noon ET today and tomorrow. And as usual, Tony Jesselli has posted a preview as well as some photos in other posts since he's attending this event.

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