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Evian Championship

Round 4 - Ko becomes youngest female major winner

September 13, 2015
Lydia Ko with the Trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones
Lydia Ko with the Trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones

Lydia Ko shot a final-round 8-under 63 at The Evian Championship to become the youngest major champion in LPGA history. Ko (18 years, 4 months, 20 days) broke Morgan Pressel’s previous record (18/10/9) with a four-day total of 16-under par 268. She had one bogey in her final 36 holes and recorded the lowest final round by a winner at a major, previously held by Karen Stupples (64) at the 2004 Women’s British Open. Lexi Thompson finished runner-up and six shots back at 10-under par.

Ko's 8-under 63 was the best round of the Tournament and a round that she claimed to be the best round she has ever played.

"To finish with two birdies, finish on the last 72nd hole, with a birdie, it doesn't happen often" Ko Said when asked about her final round. "so it's definitely one of the top rounds of my whole entire life, and I'm sure it will be in my career."

Press Conference with Lydia Ko:

THE MODERATOR: It’s my absolute pleasure to welcome in the 2015 Evian Championship winner and now the youngest major champ in LPGA Tour history, Lydia Ko. Lydia, I know we kept asking you about it and asking you about it. I know you wanted to win a major despite the record. How special does this feel, this moment for you right now? LYDIA KO: The first feeling I get is I’m very wet, I’m very cold. But it’s a great feeling. Today has been unbelievable. You know, I put myself in a good position going into today, over the last couple of days, and yeah, I just focused on my game. Lexi was playing really great golf, hitting good shots to the pin and making a lot of great putts. So I just said, hey, I’ve just got to focus on one shot at a time, and yeah, it’s been so amazing, and I said before that my goal coming into today was to make par on 18, and that’s still not accomplished yet. I’ll be back next year to do that.

Q. I know yesterday you said, oh, that 18th hole, birdie on the 18th, you were walking to the 18th green with a five-shot lead. Yesterday you said, I wish I had a five-shot lead going into tomorrow. How special was that walk going up 18 knowing that you had sealed the deal already and got to enjoy it a little bit?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, Jason told me to just enjoy the moment. Any tournament it’s hard to come down the 18th with a five-shot lead, and to do it in a major, it’s an even better feeling. You know, I didn’t know I’d make the putt, so I said to Lexi, I’ll just go anyway, and it ended up dropping. Lucky I didn’t have like a three-footer for par. Yeah, you know, it was just such an amazing feeling walking across the bridge and saying thank you to all the fans that came out.

Q. Talk about that crowd support, probably some of the biggest that we’ve seen here ever. How much were you playing off of them and how was their support?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, you know, there were a lot of people out here, a lot of people supporting us, and not just the leading groups but the whole Tour, so it was great to play in front of great crowds. We don’t come here a lot. It’s only a once-in-a-year thing, so it’s great that we can play some great golf and showcase some of our skills. Yeah, especially to this little kid who came out and watched me on the weekend and just pretty much after every hole, he would say, hey, good job, you can do it, gave me high fives, and that kind of pumped me up because it kind of felt like it wasn’t only me that was out there, it was like a team thing.

Q. It looked like you had a little bit of emotion there just for a split second on the 18th green. Can you kind of talk about what you were feeling? Was it relief? Were you just kind of overwhelmed at the moment?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, a couple teardrops. I didn’t totally cry-cry. But I kind of got a little overwhelmed, and I could kind of feel tears coming when Jason said, enjoy the moment, coming down onto the green. I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the questions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was relieved. But to kind of have that putt go in, I think just everything dropped. I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I mean, it was so amazing, and just, I think, all feelings kind of went into me.

Q. One bogey over your last 36 holes is very tough on this course. What was the key to minimising mistakes, because even Lexi said today, she goes, I don’t think she made a single mistake. How hard is that, and what was the key to doing that?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, you know, my only mistake really over the last 36 holes was — the major one was on 18 yesterday, and I think we just kind of thought of it as one shot at a time. I said before that I was in the rough but I didn’t get too many bad lies where I wasn’t able to get anywhere near the pin. So I was a little unlucky with that because I know it’s been a dry summer, but still, the rough was pretty thick where you can get some dodgy lies. I was pretty lucky where I could get the club to ball, and it was kind of like No. 11, that’s how I think I got it close to the pin. But if it was more buried, I don’t think I would have had a chance.

Q. How old was this little guy that kept on leaping out of the crowd to give you a high five?

LYDIA KO: I’m not sure, maybe around 10. I’m not really good at estimating things. People think I’m 25, so you know, I don’t know. But no, he was around 10, I think, and I think he was out here with his dad or something.

Q. Did he do this every day or was it just today?

LYDIA KO: Well, I noticed it the last two days, and so I gave him a ball after it was time to change, and yeah, he’s been supporting me at least on the weekend, and that’s where it says it’s moving day. Yeah, I felt very pumped that there was a kid here watching me every shot.

Q. I know yesterday you said that you thought they were just using your face on the posters because of your colour. You wore pink today. That was maybe a little bit of destiny. Do you think it was kind of an omen that you were ready to win and your face was everywhere?

LYDIA KO: I’m not sure.

Q. It made it worth it.

LYDIA KO: Hey, but then it was like, hey, did you win last year. I wouldn’t have guessed it. I think there was like a board, a billboard, in the London airport, too, and I was there, and Craig Kieswetter tagged me, hey, you made it to London, too. Hey, it’s so cool to be in front, I guess, on the poster. But it’s kind of side on, so it doesn’t only show one player. I think it kind of shows the whole Tour, which is a great thing about it, and obviously the colour, too. This isn’t the right shade of pink, though.

Q. So you’ve downplayed all of our questions about winning a major and making history, but now that it’s finally over and you’ve done it, can you talk about what it means to you to be the youngest player?

LYDIA KO: Yeah. You know, yesterday during my press conference, I said, winning at any age is amazing at a major, and all players want to peak at their best at a major. To say that I’m the youngest in history for now, it’s so cool. But the big thing for me is I won’t be asked that question. But even if I didn’t win today, I think I would have been really relieved because I’d be too old for it by the time of ANA. Yeah, I mean, it’s great, and it’s amazing that I can leave my name I guess a little bit in the history books.

Q. I think you were just holding out until your very last time so we’d continue to ask you. I think that was what it was.

LYDIA KO: Yeah, it would have been easier if it was earlier.

Q. There was a lot of excitement in New Zealand building for how you were performing. In a few hours’ time, Kiwis in New Zealand are going to wake up and see the news. What do you think the feeling is going to be like for this kind of success?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, you know, I’m so glad I can share it with my friends, family back at home, too. Obviously there’s a big time difference because New Zealand has got the fastest time in the world. To kind of see the flag coming down on the 18th green, that was really cool, and it doesn’t happen anywhere else. It’s really amazing. I’m sure everybody will be excited as much as me.

Q. I have to put this round in perspective. A round of 63 ties the lowest final round in a major on the LPGA Tour and is the lowest final round by an eventual winner. You beat Stupples, who was 64 at the 2004 Women’s British Open. Sorry, Stupps. How does that define this win, playing so well in the final round on such a big stage?

LYDIA KO: Just to shoot 8-under on any day is a pretty solid round. I had the same under par as the last three days and today. It was kind of like a whole three days’ worth of work today. But just, I think, shooting 8-under is great, but not to make any bogeys, I think that’s a bigger thing because it meant that when I was in trouble I kind of got myself out of it, and when I had the opportunities, I was able to grab it. Yeah, you know, I’ll take the 8-under.

Q. I know we talked about the Rolex, you’re a Rolex ambassador. Are we going to give this away to anyone? I know I don’t have one. Have you thought about keeping this one? I’m sure one of the media members would take it.

LYDIA KO: I’m pretty sure my sister over here is — she went in the Rolex tent here, and she was like, hey, now I’ve looked at a couple watches, so I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one. Maybe it’s hers. Mom doesn’t have one. But she says she doesn’t really want to have too pretty a watch because she’s worried somebody is going to cut her arm off and take the Rolex. This is pretty, so I get worried sometimes, too. It’s great to be part of Rolex. I mean, they’re such amazing sponsors, and they’re more than sponsors, it’s family, and to be alongside the other great names, great ambassadors of Rolex, it’s pretty cool to have my name next to theirs.

Q. Fourth win this year. One of your goals was obviously to win a major. Where do you go from here and how can you grade your season so far?

LYDIA KO: Yeah, you know, I’ve got a great three weeks off, so I’ll be going back to Orlando, take a couple days off. I know this is going to be — this has been a busy week, and I’m sure it will be for a week or so. But now I just kind of need to go back to square one, do my basic practices and work my way towards the Asia Swing. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a great couple weeks in Asia. I kind of have to think of this in the back of my mind, enjoy it, but also prepare for what’s coming up next.

Q. As the youngest major winner, what’s your next ambition? What are you aiming at next?

LYDIA KO: I think one of my big goals is the Olympics. You know, it’s only around the corner. It’s less than a year from now. I think the first time it was announced, I was like, man, I really want to be playing in the Olympics. Yeah, it’s soon. It’s next year. Ever since it’s been announced, I’ve been super excited to play, and to play for your country on the international stage, it’s an amazing experience, and I’ve met some Olympians, and they say it’s nothing — nothing is like it. I think that is one of my big goals, and yeah, it’s always been my big goal.

Q. At just 18, I think that was the performance on a Sunday that Annika would be proud of in terms of mental strength. What are your feelings about emulating a career like hers?

LYDIA KO: I mean, I think earlier this year with my under-par streak, that’s when there was a lot of talk, comparing Annika to me. But it’s a huge honour to even put my name in the same sentence as a player like Annika, what she’s done for the Tour and what she’s done in her career and what she’s still doing for women’s golf, it’s amazing, and she will forever be an ambassador and a role model to me.

THE MODERATOR: Congratulations, and again, it was very enjoyable, as always. More records to be broken, I’m sure.

Round 3 - Lee narrowly hangs on to Evian lead

September 12, 2015
Mi Hyang Lee of Korea celebrates a birdie on the 5th hole with her caddie. Credit: Tristan Jones
Mi Hyang Lee of Korea celebrates a birdie on the 5th hole with her caddie. Credit: Tristan Jones

Mi Hyang Lee sank a 10-foot par putt on the 18th hole to hang on to the third-round lead at the Evian Championship and sits atop the leaderboard at 10-under par 203, one shot clear of Lexi Thompson.

Morgan Pressel, who was playing alongside Lee in the final group, was tied with Lee at 10-under heading to the 18th tee but double bogeyed the last to fall into a tie for third with Lydia Ko at 8-under par. Ko has a chance tomorrow to win her first major championship title.

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, who won her maiden LET title a week ago, is only three shots off the lead on seven under going into the final round, tied for fifth alongside South Korean Amy Yang and Shanshan Feng of China.

Lee got off to a rocky start with bogeys on her firsts two holes and would battle a stacked leaderboard which included a five-way tie at the top in the final four holes. She picked up four birdies and another bogey en route to a 1-under 70 and said her tough opening holes didn’t get her bothered at all.

“I didn’t worry, no,” said Lee. “Just first two holes. I have another 16 holes today, so that’s fine.”

Lee won her first LPGA title last year at the Mizuno Classic in Japan and is playing for her first major championship. Tomorrow will mark the first time in her four-year career to play in the final group on Sunday.

Lexi Thompson bounced back from a second-round 72 with a 66 on moving day and said a tweak in her putting made the difference. The 20-year old had 36 putts on Friday and just 25 today. She’s playing for her second major championship title.

“I just kind of figured out a little something with my putting that worked and that helped me out today,” said Thompson. “I didn’t hit it that great off the tee today. I hit it a lot better off the tee yesterday, but I just got more putts today.”

Heavy rain moved in late in the round and is forecasted to stay throughout the night and early morning. Players will go off both the 1st and 10th tee on Sunday with the first tee time at 8:23am and last at 10:35am. The prize giving is scheduled for 4pm local time.

Round 2 - Broch Larsen chasing Lee

September 11, 2015
Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones
Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen continued her solid play on Friday morning at the Evian Championship, shooting a superb four under par 67 to lie just two shots off the pace set by South Korean Mi Hyang Lee.

Broch Larsen, who claimed her first Ladies European Tour title at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden on Sunday, posted five birdies and one bogey on the Evian Resort Golf Course to sit in third position, a stroke behind the United States star Morgan Pressel.

The long hitter from Hillerød, 22, said: “I played very well on the front nine, quite solid, hit a lot of greens and hit it close. I didn’t drop so many putts but I was two under through nine with a good save on 18. Then I struggled a little bit with my driver on the back nine but I kept it together, kept fighting. I had an eagle chance on 13, five metres putt, but it just lipped out. I finished with a birdie so it was nice. It’s good to be strong with your driver on this course. The putting is quite tough on these greens so you have to stay patient and let the putts drop and if not, take your two putt.”

Pressel carded a six under 65 on day two, with eight birdies and two dropped shots. She said: “The first two days have definitely gone well. I’ve made quite a few birdies, hit a lot of good shots. I mean, the thing about this golf course is if you’re on, you can certainly get it close to the pins and make birdies, and if you’re off, it can be disaster on some of these holes, even if you’re off by just a little bit.”

Lee, who shared the first round lead with US teen Lexi Thompson, followed up with a 67 on day two to stay at the top of the leader board. The 22-year-old from Incheon fired five birdies and dropped one shot on the par-4 18th hole.

“I want to win at the major tournaments, so I think I need more concentration maybe,” said Lee, who won last year’s New Zealand Open and Mizuno Classic in Japan.

Shanshan Feng of China sits in fourth position on six under, with Pornanong Phatlum from Thailand on four under alongside first round co-leader Lexi Thompson after 11 holes.

Round 1 - Thompson and Lee leading at -5

September 10, 2015
Lexi Thompson of the USA on the first tee. Credit: Tristan Jones
Lexi Thompson of the USA on the first tee. Credit: Tristan Jones

Lexi Thompson of the United States and Mi Hyang Lee of Korea fired a matching pair of five under par 66s to share the lead on day one of the Evian Championship, the final Major of 2015.

Thompson made a spectacular start, picking up five shots in four holes from the 12th, including an eagle on the par-5 13th.

Lee, the winner of the 2014 New Zealand Women’s Open, joined her with seven birdies against two bogeys on the Evian Resort Golf Course in Haute Savoie, France.

The pair are one stroke clear of Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller of the United States. A stroke further back on three under par 68 are last week’s Helsingborg Open champion Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark, the recent ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters winner Beth Allen from the USA, Australian Minjee Lee, China’s Shanshan Feng and South Korean Sei Young Kim.

Thompson finished second at the 2010 Evian Masters as a 15-year-old amateur and was third in 2013, so has good memories of the location.

The 2014 Kraft Nabisco Champion, due to make her second Solheim Cup appearance next week in Germany, commented: “I’m definitely pretty happy with my first round. I had a good stretch on my first nine on the back nine there and made a few birdies and an eagle, so helped out with the scorecard. But, yeah, overall very exciting ride.”

Broch Larsen, who is playing in the Evian Championship for the first time, began her second Major with a birdie on the second and she made the turn at three under after a rolling in a putt of 11 metres for eagle on the par-5 ninth. Although she made bogey on hole-10, she recovered by making a short one metre putt for birdie on the par-3 16th.

“I played very good today, very solid, and when I missed the green I made some great up and downs,” said Broch Larsen. “Actually I missed a few short ones for birdies but minus three is a nice start. I hit a good drive, 5 wood to 11 metres and made that one.”

Allen, who is also making her Evian debut, started from the 10th hole and bogeyed the 12th before picking up birdies on 13, 16 and 17 on the back nine. She bogeyed the first, but made two more birdies on six and nine.

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall is the top ranked European Solheim Cup team member after she shot a solid two under par 69 to sit in a share of 12th place.

She said: “I struggled a little bit last week in Sweden on the greens, and I felt like I made a couple more putts today. It just feels good to see a couple roll in. Hopefully there can be some more in the coming days. But I’m happy with the red number today. I played really well from tee to green, but at least I made three-putts today. So I’m happy with that. I had a lot of good looks, but last week I didn’t make a single putt, so today I made three, so that’s going forward.”

Fellow Solheim Cup player Charley Hull fired an opening one under par 70 and she said: “I’m happy. I felt like I played well. I had nothing that went in today apart from my eagle putt on nine, so I was a bit frustrated because I could have birdied the last three holes and they all lipped out.”

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Lydia KO 69 69 67 63 -16 268 € 434,260.13
2 Lexi THOMPSON 66 72 66 70 -10 274 € 266,077.19
3 Shanshan FENG 68 68 70 70 -8 276 € 193,019.94
4 Il Hee LEE 71 67 69 70 -7 277 € 134,749.80
4 Mi Hyang LEE 66 67 70 74 -7 277 € 134,749.80
6 Alison LEE 70 70 72 66 -6 278 € 90,318.98
6 Lee-Anne PACE 71 72 65 70 -6 278 € 90,318.98
8 Eun-Hee JI 67 73 67 72 -5 279 € 65,311.83
8 Inbee PARK 72 69 70 68 -5 279 € 65,311.83
8 Amy YANG 72 66 68 73 -5 279 € 65,311.83
11 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 68 67 71 74 -4 280 € 48,100.88
11 Sei Young KIM 68 71 73 68 -4 280 € 48,100.88
11 Candie KUNG 71 71 71 67 -4 280 € 48,100.88
11 Minjee LEE 68 72 68 72 -4 280 € 48,100.88
11 Morgan PRESSEL 69 65 71 75 -4 280 € 48,100.88
16 I.K. KIM 71 67 74 69 -3 281 € 37,147.72
16 Stacy LEWIS 73 70 70 68 -3 281 € 37,147.72
16 Jennifer SONG 70 72 69 70 -3 281 € 37,147.72
16 Michelle WIE 75 66 70 70 -3 281 € 37,147.72
20 Karine ICHER 71 68 71 72 -2 282 € 31,174.98
20 Hyo-Joo KIM 73 69 71 69 -2 282 € 31,174.98
20 Mirim LEE 71 71 69 71 -2 282 € 31,174.98
20 Pornanong PHATLUM 67 71 72 72 -2 282 € 31,174.98
20 Thidapa SUWANNAPURA 75 70 67 70 -2 282 € 31,174.98
25 Chella CHOI 72 72 69 70 -1 283 € 26,804.76
25 Brooke HENDERSON 70 74 72 67 -1 283 € 26,804.76
25 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 73 71 68 71 -1 283 € 26,804.76
28 Jin Young KO 69 73 70 72 E 284 € 24,764.85
29 Kim KAUFMAN 73 74 68 70 1 285 € 21,997.17
29 Min LEE 68 74 72 71 1 285 € 21,997.17
29 Xiyu LIN 71 68 73 73 1 285 € 21,997.17
29 Gerina PILLER 67 75 68 75 1 285 € 21,997.17
29 Sun Young YOO 76 70 69 70 1 285 € 21,997.17
34 Leona MAGUIRE 72 73 73 68 2 286
34 Mika MIYAZATO 74 72 72 68 2 286 € 18,646.02
34 Haru NOMURA 70 69 74 73 2 286 € 18,646.02
34 Suzann PETTERSEN 75 72 72 67 2 286 € 18,646.02
38 Marina ALEX 73 72 70 72 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Carlota CIGANDA 73 72 73 69 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Charley HULL 70 70 70 77 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Juli INKSTER 76 68 68 75 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Ai MIYAZATO 75 71 70 71 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Ryann O TOOLE 72 73 71 71 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Mariajo URIBE 70 70 75 72 3 287 € 14,913.61
38 Karrie WEBB 71 74 70 72 3 287 € 14,913.61
46 Ariya JUTANUGARN 73 74 70 71 4 288 € 11,726.36
46 Pernilla LINDBERG 70 73 68 77 4 288 € 11,726.36
46 So Yeon RYU 72 73 72 71 4 288 € 11,726.36
46 Ayako UEHARA 74 70 70 74 4 288 € 11,726.36
50 Sandra GAL 71 71 74 73 5 289 € 10,415.12
50 Anna NORDQVIST 72 72 74 71 5 289 € 10,415.12
50 Hannah O´SULLIVAN 76 68 74 71 5 289
53 Cristie KERR 75 71 72 72 6 290 € 9,760.39
53 Catriona MATTHEW 72 73 75 70 6 290 € 9,760.39
55 Ssu-Chia CHENG 73 73 71 74 7 291 € 8,885.63
55 Laura DAVIES 73 74 70 74 7 291 € 8,885.63
55 Jenny SHIN 69 76 73 73 7 291 € 8,885.63
55 Klara SPILKOVA 75 70 73 73 7 291 € 8,885.63
59 Kyeong BAE 74 72 70 76 8 292 € 7,721.37
59 Hannah BURKE 74 73 72 73 8 292 € 7,721.37
59 Jacqui CONCOLINO 71 75 74 72 8 292 € 7,721.37
59 Danielle KANG 76 67 78 71 8 292 € 7,721.37
63 Amy ANDERSON 72 74 72 75 9 293 € 7,139.68
64 Beth ALLEN 68 73 77 76 10 294 € 6,700.52
64 Julieta GRANADA 72 73 77 72 10 294 € 6,700.52
64 Mina HARIGAE 71 74 75 74 10 294 € 6,700.52
64 Christina KIM 73 73 76 72 10 294 € 6,700.52
64 Gwladys NOCERA 72 70 75 77 10 294 € 6,700.52
69 Sarah KEMP 77 69 74 75 11 295 € 6,264.93
70 Austin ERNST 72 75 71 78 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Jodi EWART SHADOFF 70 77 73 76 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Wei Ling HSU 74 73 74 75 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Lizette SALAS 73 73 74 76 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Alena SHARP 75 68 75 78 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Kelly SHON 75 72 76 73 12 296 € 5,784.79
70 Kelly TAN 73 71 80 72 12 296 € 5,784.79
77 Moriya JUTANUGARN 77 70 79 74 16 300 € 5,468.56
78 Caroline HEDWALL 69 79 0 0 6 148
78 Ha-Na JANG 75 73 0 0 6 148
78 Meena LEE 71 77 0 0 6 148
78 Brittany LINCICOME 70 78 0 0 6 148
78 Mo MARTIN 73 75 0 0 6 148
78 Maria MCBRIDE 74 74 0 0 6 148
78 Kris TAMULIS 75 73 0 0 6 148
78 Alison WALSHE 71 77 0 0 6 148
86 In Gee CHUN 79 70 0 0 7 149
86 Joanna KLATTEN 75 74 0 0 7 149
86 Angela STANFORD 78 71 0 0 7 149
86 Yani TSENG 74 75 0 0 7 149
90 Mathilda CAPPELIEZ 73 77 0 0 8 150
90 Jaye Marie GREEN 72 78 0 0 8 150
90 Mi Jung HUR 75 75 0 0 8 150
90 Jessica KORDA 75 75 0 0 8 150
90 Brittany LANG 71 79 0 0 8 150
90 Caroline MASSON 74 76 0 0 8 150
90 Su OH 72 78 0 0 8 150
90 Sadena PARKS 72 78 0 0 8 150
90 Beatriz RECARI 74 76 0 0 8 150
90 Melissa REID 77 73 0 0 8 150
100 SooBin KIM 76 75 0 0 9 151
100 Agathe LAISNE 75 76 0 0 9 151
100 Sarah-Jane SMITH 78 73 0 0 9 151
103 Rebecca ARTIS 72 80 0 0 10 152
103 Paula CREAMER 74 78 0 0 10 152
103 Sydnee MICHAELS 77 75 0 0 10 152
103 Hee Young PARK 80 72 0 0 10 152
103 Jane PARK 77 75 0 0 10 152
103 Sakura YOKOMINE 80 72 0 0 10 152
109 Maria HERNANDEZ 77 76 0 0 11 153
109 Katie BURNETT 75 78 0 0 11 153
109 Belen MOZO 75 78 0 0 11 153
109 Azahara MUNOZ 75 78 0 0 11 153
109 Paula RETO 79 74 0 0 11 153
114 Patcharajutar KONGKRAPHAN 79 75 0 0 12 154
115 Tiffany JOH 79 76 0 0 13 155
116 Natalie GULBIS 81 75 0 0 14 156
116 Min Seo KWAK 78 78 0 0 14 156
118 Celine BOUTIER 78 80 0 0 16 158
118 Albane VALENZUELA 78 80 0 0 16 158
120 Connie CHEN 82 86 0 0 26 168

Preview

DATES:  September 10-13
SITE:  Evian GC, Evian-Les-Bains, FR
PRIZE MONEY: €3,250,000
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The Evian Championship is a unique Major, situated at one of the world’s most attractive venues in the heart of the French Alps. Despite being granted official major championship status in 2013, the stylish event has lost none of its charm and personality. In fact, it now has more appeal than ever.

Nestled above the banks of glistening Lake Geneva against the backdrop of the snow-capped Alps in the quaint spa town of Evian-les-Bains in Haute Savoie, the Evian Resort Golf Course is among the most picturesque imaginable.

Formerly the Evian Masters from 1994-2012, the golf course was remodelled ahead of its official debut as the women’s fifth major in 2013. One year later, in 2014, the Evian Championship firmly established itself and proved its credentials by being the most richly rewarded across all categories in the ‘Gold Driver Awards,’ effectively the ‘Oscars’ of women’s golf.

An international jury of sports marketing and media experts presented the fifth major with eight awards, including the “Golden Palm,” which recognises the overall experience of a tournament and its communications and creativity. It’s not just the golf course that sets Evian apart. There are a huge raft of non-golfing activities day and night where both Evian Mineral Water and champagne flow abundantly.

Speaking about the awards, Tournament Director Jacques Bungert commented: “It is a very proud moment for all the Evian Resort teams, the Organisation and all our partners, and above all a fantastic boost for our ambition to make the Evian Championship a unique Major.” Over the years, The Evian Championship has constructed its own history, distinctively offering the perfect balance of tradition and innovation whilst respecting golf etiquette.

When Antoine Riboud and his son Franck launched the tournament in 1994, they dreamed of providing a showcase for women champions. Thanks to their passion, the event has become truly global and 2014 exceeded all of their expectations. As Franck Riboud, President of the Evian Championship, said: “The ambition of this tournament is to stand out and to really propose the best showcase of women’s golf. That’s how we work and that’s part of the DNA.”

Part of the appeal of the championship is the ability to stay in the Evian Resort’s two luxury hotels, the five-star Hôtel Royal and four-star Hôtel Ermitage, both of which are located conveniently close to the golf course and have been refurbished to exacting standards. There is also the Manoir du Golf, an elegant seven bedroom residence located next to the Evian Masters Resort Academy, with its state of the art driving range and chipping area, where the world’s best players can be found honing their skills.

A new innovation in 2014 was the introduction of a qualifying tournament, offering the opportunity for any female golfer to earn their way into the $3.25 million USD championship. The first two qualifiers were home grown French talent Ariane Provot and Yan Jing of China, the perfect example of the event’s increasingly global profile. Other recent developments in the tournament’s history include the creation of the Juniors Cup for girls and boys aged 14-15 and the Haribo Kids Cup, for 8-12 year olds.

One of the aims of the organisation is to open the event up to the main stream public and there is a raft of entertainment on offer for spectators, including a world class village with dining and participation activities.

As well as watching the stars of women’s golf, a number of high profile sports and film stars can be seen playing in the pre-tournament Pro-Am. There is also a charity football match where golfers such as Carlota Ciganda and Dame Laura Davies annually take on French international footballers such as Zinedine Zidane.

Deputy Tournament Director Steve Brangeon explained how Riboud initiated the match as a gesture of appreciation to the caddies. “At the time, most of the caddies were British, most of them loved football, so we organised a football game. Since then those that have played include Lorena Ochoa, Laura Davies and many other players.”

In 2014, the highlights included singer and songwriter Mika giving a performance at the gala dinner while Annika Sorenstam presented Michelle Wie with her Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, for the most outstanding performance across all five Majors.

There were storylines aplenty, especially in the first round, when 19-year-old South Korean Hyo-Joo Kim shot an historic low round for any Major. She had 10 birdies in a magnificent 10-under-par 61 and eventually claimed the championship with a winning four-round score of 273, 11 under par. It was her first time playing in a Major, but she had already gained experience of winning on the Korean and Japanese tours.

Despite being caught by former champion Karrie Webb in the final round, Kim managed to make the winning birdie putt on 18 to edge ahead and in doing so, became the third youngest winner of a women’s Major, after Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson of the United States. “I was flying like a birdie,” said Kim. “On the 18th hole, putting, I used all my power.”

While the 2006 Evian Masters winner Webb was disappointed to have missed out on her chance to force a play-off, she will once again be among the favourites at this year’s championship, as will the 2013 winner Suzann Pettersen. Webb has described Evian as “one of the most beautiful places in the world,” while Pettersen says, “You wake up every morning and get stunned by the views” – and few would disagree.

The Evian Championship is the only Major played in continental Europe and its location an hour and a half from Geneva airport makes it makes it easily accessible for international visitors. The action gets under way from September 10-13.





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