This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of The Evian Championship.
Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend the title she won last year in a playoff over Brittany Altomare. Lydia Ko, Katherine Kirk, and Moriya Jutanugarn, all fell one stroke short of joining the playoff.
|Anna Nordqvist will be trying to defend her 2017 Evian Championship title.|
This will be tournament #26 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule. It will also be the 5th and final Major Championship of the year.
Here are the key details:
Course: Evian Resort Golf Club
Location: Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion: Anna Nordqvist
Winning Score: 66-72-66 = 204 (shortened to 54 holes)
Final Field: 120 players
Par: 35/36 = 71
Purse: $3,850,000 (Increase of $200,000 from last year)
|Evian Resort and Golf Club|
My strength of field rating is a solid 78% (down slightly from 79.5% last year). Forty-three of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List, and 22 of the top 25 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Players missing from the field this week include: I.K. Kim (injury), Michelle Wie (injury), Stacy Lewis (maternity), Gerina Piller (maternity), Suzann Pettersen (maternity) and Haru Nomura.
Here are the first round pairings.
Here are the television times:
GC Thurs. Sept.13 5:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. ET
GC Thurs. Sept.13 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC Friday Sept.14 5:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. ET
GC Friday Sept.14 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
GC Saturday Sept.15 6:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. ET
GC Sunday Sept.16 4:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. ET
NBC Sunday Sept.16 2:30 - 4:00 pm. ET (tape delay)
Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Sung Hyun Park - Holding the #1 spot by a thread.
2- Ariya Jutanugarn - Leads the LPGA tour in everything.
3- So Yeon Ryu - A win here could get her back to #1.
Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Georgia Hall - Has to win this to have any chance of winning rookie honors.
2- Shanshan Feng - Always plays well here.
3- Minjee Lee - Will certainly be in contention.
Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)1- Angel Yin - Because she is playing her best golf of the year.
2- In Gee Chun - Has she now become a longshot?
3- Caroline Masson - A real longshot.
This Week's Trivia Question:
The Last American player to win the Evian Championship was in 2007. Can you name that player?
For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.
Here are the final results:
|2||Sei Young Kim||-11|
|10||So Yeon Ryu||-8|
|10||Mi Hyang Lee||-8|
|15||Wei Ling Hsu||-7|
|16||In Gee Chun||-6|
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