The best of the best are landing at Whistle Bear Golf Club in the Waterloo region for the 2016 version of the Manulife LPGA Classic. The lineup of golfers from around the globe features 29 Olympians from the recently concluded games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and 85 of the top money-makers on the LPGA Tour. The tournament takes place from Aug. 31 - to Sept. 4 near Cambridge, ON, Canada.

World No. 1 and Olympic silver medalist Lydia Ko headlines the event with red-hot world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the Canadian Pacific Women's Open last week and has a tour-leading five victories on the year, and budding Canadian superstar Brooke Henderson, the third-ranked player on tour heading into the event.

Fellow Olympians tee it up

Fellow Olympians teeing it up at Whistle Bear include Sanda Gal, Charley Hull, Sei Young Kim, Minjee Lee, Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Suzann Pettersen, Alena Sharp, Mariajo Uribe and 17 other players that represented their countries in Brazil. Pettersen is the returning champion.

Big-name competitors arebringing even more glitter to the star-studded field include Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Mo Martin, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie and Cheynne Woods. Henderson, Jutanugarn, Ko and Lang have each won an LPGA major tournament this season.

Large number of Canucks

Canadians Nicole Vandermade and Vivian Tsui picked up the final two spots in the tournament by virtue of their performances in the Monday qualifier.

Their entries into the event brings the total of Canadians playing in the Manulife LPGA Classic to 13, the largest number of Canucks ever to compete in the tournament.

Whistle Bear Golf Club is a par 71 that plays 7,562 yards from the tips. The track feels like a links layout and has more than 100 bunkers and water hazards show up on 10 holes.

Meanwhile, Canada is hockey country and to acknowledge that fact four players from the NHL will go pin-seeking as a group in tomorrow’s Pro-Am starting at noon before they fly out for their teams’ training camps. The NHLers are Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators, Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings, Kyle Platzer of the Edmonton Oilers and Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames.

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