Monday, September 9, 2013

The Evian Championship Preview & Pairings

After a one week break, the LPGA moves to France and resumes its schedule with the playing of The Evian Championship. This championship, formerly called the Evian Masters, is now a major championship. It is the fifth and final LPGA major of the 2013 season.

This will be tournament #21 of 28 on this year's LPGA schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Masters Golf Club
Location:  Evian-Les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Inbee Park
Winning Score:  71-64-70-68=271(-17)

Final Field:   120 Players
Par:  36/35 = 71
Yardage:  6,428
Purse:  $ 3,250,000

My strength of field rating is 86%, making it the 5th strongest field of the year. The only fields that were stronger this year were the other four majors which all had larger fields. Chie Arimura and Nicole Castrale are the two biggest names missing from this week's tournament.

Here are the television times:
Sept 12 - GC 7:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
Sept 13 - GC 7:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
Sept 14 - GC 6:30 AM-11:30 AM ET
Sept 15 - GC 8:30 AM-12:00 PM ET
Sept 15 - NBC 12:00 PM-1:30 PM ET

I correctly picked the winner of the CN Canadian Open, my fourth correct pick this year. Here are my picks for this week. I am currently in third place in the PakPicker standings. There are 23 participants.
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Suzann Pettersen
3- Na Yeon Choi
4- Inbee Park
5- So Yeon Ryu
6- Lydia Ko
7- Ai Miyazato
8- Lizette Salas
9- Paula Creamer
10- Jiyai Shin
11- I.K. Kim
12- Karine Icher


For all the scores, all the time, see the link on top of this page.

Other tidbits:
Sophie Gustafson, Amanda Blumenherst, and Stacy Prammanasudh have all announced their retirement from the LPGA after this year. Sophie will continue playing on the LET Tour.

Ai Miyazato will be trying to break an 0 for 36 streak in major championship play. She won the Evian in both 2009 and 2011, when it was not a major championship. 

Who's Hot:
Caroline Masson has finished 7th and 5th in her last 2 tournaments. She now leads the Rolex Rookie of the Year standings.

Who's Not:
Momoko Ueda has not finished higher than 37th place in any of her 15 starts this year. Her #96 position on this year's money list is definitely a cause for concern.


Here are the final results:
1 Suzann Pettersen -10 66 69 68 203 $0
2 Lydia Ko -8 68 67 70 205 $0
3 Lexi Thompson -6 72 67 68 207 $0
T4 Se Ri Pak -5 66 71 71 208 $0
T4 So Yeon Ryu -5 71 66 71 208 $0
T6 Angela Stanford -4 69 71 69 209 $0
T6 Stacy Lewis -4 69 67 73 209 $0
T6 Chella Choi -4 70 67 72 209 $0
T9 Jennifer Johnson -3 70 70 70 210 $0
T9 Beatriz Recari -3 69 69 72 210 $0
T11 Shanshan Feng -2 70 72 69 211 $0
T11 Lizette Salas -2 70 71 70 211 $0
T11 Ilhee Lee -2 70 71 70 211 $0
T11 Rebecca Lee-Bentham -2 75 66 70 211 $0
T15 Cindy LaCrosse -1 73 70 69 212 $0
T15 Ai Miyazato -1 75 68 69 212 $0
T15 Katherine Hull-Kirk -1 71 71 70 212 $0
T15 Karrie Webb -1 68 72 72 212 $0
T19 Mi Hyang Lee E 73 70 70 213 $0
T19 Caroline Hedwall E 74 68 71 213 $0
T19 Azahara Munoz E 70 71 72 213 $0
T19 Sandra Gal E 66 74 73 213 $0

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