|Hyo Joo Kim will be trying to defend her Evian Championship title|
Hyo Joo Kim will be attempting to defend the title she won last year as a non LPGA player. Hyo Joo birdied the final hole and came out on top by one shot over Karrie Webb, who bogeyed that very same hole.
Inbee Park will be attempting to win her third major championship of the year and 8th of her career. She has already won the KMPG Women's PGA Championship and the Ricoh Women's British Open. Brittany Lincicome (Ana Inspiration) and non LPGA member In Gee Chun (U.S. Women's Open), have each won a major this year.
An Inbee Park win would give her the 2 points she needs to reach the required 27 points needed for the Hall of Fame. A minimum of 10 years played on the LPGA tour is required to be inducted in the LPGA Hall of Fame. Inbee is in her 9th year.
This will be tournament #24 of 31 on the 2015 LPGA schedule. It is also the fifth and final major of the year.
Here are the Key Details:
Course: Evian Resort Golf Club
Location: Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion: Hyo Joo Kim
Winning Score: 61-72-72-68 = 273 (-11)
Final Field: 120 players
Par: 35/36 = 71
My strength of field rating is a very solid 77%, although I have it ranked as the weakest of the 5 major championships this year. All the big names will be here with the exception of Na Yeon Choi. The lack of field depth (when compared to the other 4 majors) with just 120 players, and the lack of major players from other tours accounts for my lower rating. In Gee Chun (U.S. Open winner) and In Young Ko (2nd place finish at the Ricoh British Open), are the only big name non LPGA members in attendance. Nicole Broch Larson, who just won Helsingborg Open on the LET Tour, will now be added to the field.
Here are the pairings for the first round:
Here are the television times:
GC Thurs. Sept.10 5:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. ET
GC Thurs. Sept.10 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC Friday Sept.11 5:00 a.m.- 8:00 ap.m. ET
GC Friday Sept.11 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC Sat. Sept.12 6:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. ET
GC Sun. Sept.13 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. ET
NBC Sun. Sept.13 12:30 - 2:00 pm. ET
Here are my Pak Picker Picks for this week's tournament:
1- Lexi Thompson
2- Lydia Ko
3- So Yeon Ryu
4- Brooke Henderson
5- Inbee Park
6- Stacy Lewis
7- Hyo Joo Kim
8- Shanshan Feng
9- Suzann Pettersen
10- Ha Na Janh
11- Sei Young Kim
12- Brittany Lincicome
I am currently in first place among the 22 participants.
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Here are the final results:
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