American Mo Martin and Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen shared the third-round lead at the Canadian Pacific Open at 10-under and will play in the final group Sunday.
Martin is the mighty-might who stands 5-feet-2 1/2, but has earned more than $2.4 million in career earnings with her uncanny ability to hit fairways and capitalize on a strong short game. Broch Larsen is the 5-7 rookie who has one top 10 finish on her resume and all of $91,448 in career earnings – of course, all coming this year.
The pair has a host of big names nipping at their heels entering Sunday. Second-round leader In Gee Chun is a shot back at 9-under and fellow South Korean Mirim Lee and American Cristie Kerry are just two shots off the pace at 8-under.
Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson, who is a member at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, made the cut on the number on Friday and then went out and set a course record with an 8-under 63 on Saturday. The local favorite is three shots behind Larsen and Martin, along with top-ranked So Yeon Ryu, South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur, China’s Shanshan Feng and Americans Stacy Lewis and Marina Alex.
Broch Larsen shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday, getting off to a hot start with a birdie on the first hole. She made the turn in 1-under 35, then poured in four birdies to post a 31 on the back nine.
Broch Larsen is still seeking her first career LPGA Tour victory, but has won on the Ladies European Tour and was the LET Player of the Year in 2015.
“The first two days I had eight bogeys together, but 15 birdies,” she said. “Today I had one bogey and six birdies. So today was just kind of a little bit more solid. Still a lot of good birdie opportunities and luckily less bogeys.
“I’m playing really solid.”
By contrast, Martin opened with a bogey on No. 1, then found her stride with four birdies over an eight-hole stretch to get to 9-under through 11 holes. She bogeyed No. 13, but rebounded with birdies on her final two holes of the day to climb into a tie for the lead.
“It’s just good to have things come together,” Martin said. “I know I’ve been playing well. So I’m going to ride this and continue to have a good plan and execute.”
While Martin has more experience than Larsen, her only victory to date came at the 2015 Women’s British Open.
Henderson, meanwhile, posted eight birdies against no bogeys to shoot her 63 – besting Yani Tseng’s tournament record of 64 set in 2008.
“Having the cut out of the way kind of gave me a little bit of a scare yesterday, being so close and almost not even playing the weekend,” she said. “So I knew I had to get going. Today is moving day (and) I moved, that’s for sure.”
Brittany Marchand, the only other Canadian to make the cut, shot a 1-over 72 on Saturday and is 1-under for the tournament.