Canadian women’s open a day in the Park for Inbee

Chris Zelkovich
The Eh Game

It's looking like Inbee Park is getting the hang of golfing in Canada.

The South Korean sensation's early tries at the CN Canadian Women's Open didn't go all that well, and even last year's strong showing had its downside. She played well enough to take home the winner's cheque, but only because teenage amateur Lydia Ko wasn't allowed to.

But this year, the world's No. 1-ranked woman golfer is in good position to take home the top prize again -- this time without any asterisks -- after grabbing a share of the lead on Day Two at Edmonton's Royal Mayfair Golf Club. The 25-year-old shot a 65 on Friday to move into a first-place tie with American Cristie Kerr.

Karine Icher of France and American Angela Stanford are one stroke off the lead. Ko carded a 69 and is only two strokes behind with a 134 total over two days.

Nobody should be too surprised by Park's strong showing. After all, she's been head and shoulders above the rest of the LPGA all season.

If she can pull away from Kerr and the rest of the field over the weekend, this would be her seventh win this season and the most on the LPGA tour since Lorena Ochoa won eight tournaments in 2007.

While Friday was a big day for Lee and Kerr, it wasn't such a hot one for the Canadian contingent. Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., was the top Canadian, shooting an even-par 70 to stand eight strokes off the pace. Jessica Shepley of Owen Sound, Ont., is one stroke behind Richdale.

They were the only Canadians to make the weekend cut.

Even Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., who was only two strokes behind after Day One, failed to make it after shooting  three over par on Friday.

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