Hannah Green made a characteristic final-day charge while Gabriela Ruffels drew praise for her honesty at the LPGA Tour’s CPKC Women’s Open in Vancouver, Canada.
Green holed a bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 11th hole and hit a peerless tee shot for another birdie at the 17th in the final round, but ultimately fell just short as Megan Khang beat former world No.1 Jin Young Ko in a playoff for the victory.
They were three shots ahead of the Australian, whose 69 was her best round of the week at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
“For it to roll in was really nice because I hadn’t holed anything longer than a three-footer all day,” Green said of her lengthy bunker shot that found the bottom of the cup.
“It’s nice to find some form after a rough month I guess you could say going into a tournament that’s very fond in my heart.”
It is Green’s second top-10 finish in a season which includes a victory in Los Angeles in April.
Meanwhile 23-year-old Ruffels finished tied-19th playing on a sponsor’s invitation, but that told only part of her tale of the day.
It began with the US-based Victorian calling a two-shot penalty on herself for touching the sand in a bunker during the third round.
Although no one else saw the incident – and Ruffels was reportedly unsure herself – she chose to take the penalty which pushed her back down the leaderboard.
Then she made a great run in the final round, almost holing out at the par-3 17th before a double-bogey at the 18th sent her tumbling back down through the field.
The implications were significant; in the LPGA, top-10 finishers get a start in the following week’s tournament.
Ruffels, of course, has qualified already for the 2024 LPGA Tour season by winning three times on the Epson Tour this year.
Epson Tour players Hira Naveed and Robyn Choi both finished tied-fifth in Idaho, keeping themselves in the running for LPGA Tour elevation in 2024.
Choi is projected to be just outside the top 10 on the tour after today’s result, needing to get inside the top 10 by season’s end to be elevated back to the LPGA Tour, where she has played as a tour member most recently in 2019.
CPKC Women’s Open, Vancouver, Canada
1 Megan Khang 71-66-68-74–279$US375,000
Won in sudden death playoff
T4 Hannah Green 70-71-72-69–282 $117,506
T19 Gabriela Ruffels 70-74-71-73–288 $29,218
T22 Karis Davidson 74-72-70-73–289 $23,005
T22 Minjee Lee 75-73-69-72–289 $23,005
71 Lydia Ko (NZ) 72-74-82-73–301 $5,019
MC Grace Kim 75-74–149
MC Su Oh 74-76–150
MC Stephanie Kyriacou 78-74–152
US Women’s Senior Open Championship
Waverley Country Club, Portland, Oregon
1 Trish Johnson 73-72-67-72–284 $US180,000
T29 Sue Wooster (a) 71-77-74-78–300 ------------
Circling Raven Championship, Idaho
1 Yue Ren 68-71-64–203 $US30,000
Won in sudden death playoff
T5 Robyn Choi 72-66-68–206 (prize payout N/A)
T5 Hira Naveed 70-70-66–206
T47 Amelia Garvey (NZ) 72-72-71–215
LET Access Series
Ahlsell Final At Elisefarm, Sweden
1 Avani Prashanth (a) 72-71-67–210
T12 Kristalle Blum 76-68-73–217 $1,120
T29 Wenyung Keh (NZ) 71-75-75–221 $560
T36 Amy Walsh 73-75-75–223 $464
T47 Kelsey Bennett 70-77-78–225 $296
MC Stefanie Hall 74-78–152