• Green soars, Ruffels rides rollercoaster in Canada

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              ------------

Epson Tour
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

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