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The Evian Championship Preview, Pairings, and Much More

Before I get started with this week's topic, I want to congratulate the team of Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura for winning the inaugural playing of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.
They shot a final round 11 under 59 in best ball play for an easy six stroke victory.
For Clanton it was her first victory on the LPGA Tour. For Suwannapurra it was her second career title. Jin Young Ko and Minjee Lee closed with a final round 58 to finish in second place.

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This week the LPGA moves to France for the playing of the Evian Championship. Angela Stanford will be trying to defend the title she won last year when she came out victorious by one stroke over four players.

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Angela Stanford holds up her first major championship trophy.

This will be tournament #21 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and fourth of five major championships.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Evian Resort Golf Club
Location:  Evian-les-Bains, France
Defending Champion:  Angela Stanford
Winning Score: 72-64-68-68 = 272 (-12)

History:  This event became an LPGA Tour event in 2000

Final Field:  120 players
Par:  35/36 = 71
Yardage:  6,523
Purse:  $4,100,000 (Increase of $250,000 from last year)

Race to the CME Globe: 625 points
Aon Risk/Reward Hole: 14th (Par 3)

My strength of field rating is a very solid 83% (up from 78% last year). Forty-five of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List and 42 of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be teeing it up. Although the field rating loses some points because of the limited field, it gains a few points because it includes some star players from other tours. They Include: Hye-Jin Choi (#22 in Rolex Rankings), Ai Suzuki (#24), and Mamiko Higa (42).

Here are the first round pairings:

Here are the television times:
July 25 - GC 5:00 AM-   7:00 AM ET
July 25 - GC 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM ET
July 26 - GC 5:00 AM-   7:00 AM ET
July 26 - GC 9:30 AM- 11:30 AM ET
July 27 - GC 6:30 AM-   9:00 AM ET
July 27 - CNBC 9:00 AM- 11:30AM ET
July 28 - GC 6:30 AM-   9:30 AM ET
July 28 - CNBC 9:00 AM- 11:30AM ET
There is a 6 hour time differential between France and ET.

Players Most Likely to Win: (Top players in the field)
1- Sung Hyun Park - No. 1 player in the world.
2- Jin Young Ko - Could take back the top spot with a win this week.
3- Lexi Thompson - Could also take over the top spot with a win.

Players to Watch Out For: (I'm feeling it this week)
1- Inbee Park - Always tough in the majors.
2- Hyo Joo Kim - Playing her best golf in quite some time.
3- Nelly Korda - Looking for that first Major Championship win.

Longshot Picks: (Not likely, but not impossible)
1- Brittany Altomare - Has been on the leaderboard regularly this year.
2- Kristen Gillman - A possible Solheim pick? Needs to shine.
3- Pajaree Anannarukarn - Don't know who she is? You will soon.

Other Tidbits:
Cydney Clanton became the 5th first time winner on the LPGA Tour this year. She follows Celine Boutier, Bronte Law, Jeongeun Lee6, and Hannah Green. Jin Young Ko recorded her 7th top five finish of the year, which leads the LPGA Tour.

Rolex Rankings Movers of the Week:
There was very little movement in the rankings this week. Although the LPGA counted the victory by Jasmine Suwannapura and Cydney Clanton (at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational) as an official victory, apparently it did not count in the Rolex Rankings as neither player advanced. 

Race to the CME Globe:   (Top 60 point earners to compete for $1.5 million first place prize)
Jin Young Ko continues to lead with 2,574 points. She is followed by Brooke Henderson with 2,122 and Minjee Lee withe 2,091. Lexi Thompson 2,056 and Sung Hyun Park 2,055 round out the top five.

Aon Risk Reward Challenge:   (1 million dollars)
Lee-Anne Pace leads with a score of -0.818. She is followed by Hyo Joo Kim -0.750, Ariya Jutanugarn -0.719 and Carlota Ciganda -0.719.

Who's Hot:
Jin Young Ko has twelve consecutive top 25 finishes. Hyo Joo Kim has finished in the top seven in each of her last four starts.

Who's Not:
Angela Stanford has failed to record a top 20 finish in any of her fifteen starts this year.

This Week's Trivia Question:
What American player won the Evian Championship in 2007, and was her only LPGA victory?

For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.

Here are thefinal results:
1 Jin Young Ko -15
2 Jennifer Kupcho -13
2 Shanshan Feng -13
2 Hyo Joo Kim -13
5 Ariya Jutanugarn -11
6 Moriya Jutanugarn -10
6 Sung Hyun Park -10
8 Megan Khang -9
8 Inbee Park -9
10 Carlota Ciganda -8
11 Ally McDonald -7
11 In-Kyung Kim -7
13 Lizette Salas -6
13 Mirim Lee -6
13 Mi Jung Hur -6
16 Marina Alex -5
17 Jessica Korda -4
17 Brooke Henderson -4
17 Sei Young Kim -4
17 Caroline Hedwall -4
17 Mi Hyang Lee -4
22 Brittany Altomare -3
22 Bronte Law -3
22 Chella Choi -3
25 Nelly Korda -2
25 Eun-Hee Ji -2
25 So Yeon Ryu -2
25 Austin Ernst -2
25 Pajaree Anannarukarn -2

Be sure to check back here daily for any LPGA news or updates. They will be posted here at the bottom of this blog. Tournament results will be posted here at the end of each round. Links to all Women's Tour scoreboards can be found on the right side of this page (or on pull down menu on mobile website).


  1. The Golf Channel's Thursday/Friday coverage is from 5-7 and 9:30-11:30am EDT as they're splitting airtime with the Senior Open, although it will be streamed continuously from 5am until the close of play. Saturday/Sunday is from 6-9am on The Golf Channel and 9-11:30am on CNBC.


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