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Manulife Classic field includes rivals Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko

Brooke Henderson follows her drive from the 10th tee during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament on July 10, 2016, in San Martin, Calif.

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Canadian stars Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp and top-ranked Lydia Ko will headline the field of the upcoming Manulife LPGA Classic.

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen and stars Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang are also in the field of 150 golfers for the tournament, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4 at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge.

Teenagers Ko and Henderson, respectively first and second in the Rolex world rankings, have each claimed a major title this year and lead a new wave of LPGA stars.

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"Both Ko and Henderson have accomplished so much at such young ages," tournament director Milaina Wright said in a statement. "I'm excited to see what they will do when we welcome them back to the Manulife LPGA Classic.

"It's likely with this strong field of contenders that the fans will also be watching some newly minted medal winners from the Rio Olympics."

Sharp, from Hamilton, has been named to Canada's Olympic golf team and is expected to be joined by Henderson, who hails from Smiths Falls, Ont.

Sharp was the top Canadian finisher at the 2015 Manulife Classic and will compete at the event for a fifth time.

"It's encouraging when my family and friends are able to come out and support me," Sharp said. "I'm fortunate that I get to play so close to where I grew up."

Lang, who won the inaugural Manulife Classic in 2012, is coming off a victory at the major U.S. Open last week.

Pettersen dominated at Whistle Bear last year, Finishing with a 22-under par after shooting all four rounds in the 60s.

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Lewis has 11 Tour wins over her career and was named the LPGA's player of the year in 2012 and 2014.

The field will be filled out in the upcoming weeks.

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