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Round 3 - Nordqvist wins Evian in playoff

September 18, 2017
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden with her trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones.

Anna Nordqvist made a five-foot bogey putt at the first extra hole in a sudden death play-off against Brittany Altomare as heavy rain and hail stones hammered down to claim her second Major at the Evian Championship in France.

With matching final rounds of 66, Nordqvist and Altomare came from five strokes behind the overnight leader Moriya Jutanugarn to tie for the lead on nine-under-par, but it was Nordqvist who triumphed on the par-four 18th. Altomare made a double-bogey, only moments after greens staff had been using squeegees to clear water from the flooded green.

Nordqvist said afterwards that the conditions were the toughest she had ever seen. “I did grow up in Sweden, but I’ve been in the US for 10 years now, so I really struggle with the cold, and I couldn’t feel my hands on the last few shots in the playoff.”

Earlier in the day, she had been two-over for the round after five holes, but she played her next 11 holes in eight-under-par, before making a bogey on the difficult 18th.

“I hit a great 6-iron in on six. I made birdie there and then I spun a wedge for eagle on my seventh hole. But then on 14, I hit a great hybrid and birdied there, and then great 3-wood in on 15 to birdie. 18 was playing really tough today, so making a bogey there in regulation felt great.”

Only two-and-a-half months ago, Nordqvist was put on bed-rest for a fortnight, having been diagnosed with mononucleosis during the US Women’s Open. She returned to tie for seventh at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and was the leading points’ scorer for the European team at The Solheim Cup, earning 3-and-a-half points from four matches played.

“These last couple of weeks it’s been hard, it’s been frustrating and disappointing. I was very excited to tee it up in The Solheim Cup and I was absolutely exhausted after. I came back last week, hit it flawless and missed the cut, so it has just been very testing, but I couldn’t be more proud,” she said, having been greeted by European captain Annika Sörenstam and Gary Player who watched her win the play-off at the Evian Resort Golf Club. She said that her late grandfather had taught her to hold her head high and never give up.

The 30-year-old from Eskilstuna became the first European woman to win a Major since Suzann Pettersen, who won the Evian Championship in its inaugural year in 2013. It was Nordqvist’s second victory of the season, following the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

This was her eighth career victory in total and her second Major following the 2009 McDonald’s LPGA Championship. With first prize winnings of $547,500, or €460,343, she has now earned more than $8 million in her 10-year career.

Green keepers clear water off the green during the playoff. Credit: Tristan Jones.

With her second-place finish, Altomare almost doubled her career earnings, with $339,625, or €285,560. Her only previous career top-10 finish was a tie for third in the Cambia Portland Classic Presented by JTBC two weeks ago.

Ko, Jutanugarn and Kirk tied for third place on eight-under, while Sei Young Kim and Shanshan Feng tied for sixth and Jennifer Song and Mi Hyang Lee tied for eighth place.

England’s Georgia Hall tied for 10th with In-Kyung Kim and Ayako Uehara, for her second straight top-10 in a Major.

After signing for a one-over-par 72, Hall said: “I played well today. I just couldn’t get a lot going. There were some tricky pins out there, as well. Happy to get up-and-down on the last for a bogey. 18 is playing so long. But you know, I think, I don’t know, 12th position maybe. I’m very happy with the week. It’s my first time here, so another good result.”

Earlier in the day, the sun shone on the 18th green as former world number one Ai Miyazato played her last hole on Tour before her retirement.

There were smiles and tears as she was greeted by Gary Player, who presented her with a bunch of roses and friends Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng.

Miyazato said afterwards: “I didn’t have any expectations for today actually. I just wanted to keep my routine and do the same thing and be myself because I knew I would be so happy after I finished today and would see all my friends behind the 18th green. Having these flowers that Mr Player gave to me means a lot and I’ve made so many friends over my 12 years on Tour.”

With the final Major of the year in the books, So Yeon Ryu won the Rolex Annika Major Award for the best overall performance across the five Majors in 2017.

The LET now travels for Spain for the next tournament: the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España in Guadalmina, Marbella.

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Anna NORDQVIST 66 72 66 5 -9 204 € 460,343.48
2 Brittany ALTOMARE 70 68 66 6 -9 204 € 285,560.10
T3 Lydia KO 68 68 69 -8 205 € 165,462.16
T3 Moriya JUTANUGARN 65 68 72 -8 205 € 165,462.16
T3 Katherine KIRK 66 69 70 -8 205 € 165,462.16

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Round 2 - Moriya Jutanugarn takes 1-stroke lead into final

September 16, 2017
Moriya Jutanugarn, R2 The Evian Championship 2017

With rounds of 65 and 68, Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand posted a 36-hole total of nine-under-par at the Evian Championship on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead as the overnight leader, Sung Hyun Park, slipped back to six-under-par with bogeys on the first and third holes.

Playing in beautiful, bright and sunny conditions, the sister of the former world number one, Ariya, started with a par at the 10th and then birdied the 11th, but dropped a shot at the long 13th. She made gains at the 15th and 17th to tie for the lead and then bogeyed the second, but quickly recovered with another birdie on the third, before adding another at the sixth.

She now has a chance to follow Ariya, the first Major winner from Thailand at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, by winning a Major, which would make them the first sisters to win golf Majors. It would be a fairy tale for the 5’1” Moriya, who is yet to win her first Tour title.

The only sisters so far whom have won on the LPGA Tour are the former world number one Annika Sorenstam, who won 89 titles, including 10 majors, around the world and Charlotta Sorenstam, who clinched the Standard Register PING in 2000.

England’s Georgia Hall followed her opening 68 with a two-under-par 69 at the Evian Championship on Saturday and is five behind Moriya Jutanugarn going into the final round of the fifth Major.

Hall, who tied for third place in last month’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, shares seventh place at the Evian Resort Golf Club after making two birdies in her last three holes, by draining putts from 15 and 25 feet at the 16th and 17th holes respectively.

The 21-year-old from Dorset started with a birdie on the first and played the front nine in one-under-par, adding a further birdie at the 10th, but dropped shots on the 12th and 15th, before her putter warmed up.

She had another chance on the par-4 18th, after hitting her 7-iron up to within eight feet of the flag, put left her putt just short.

“I couldn’t really get much going on the front nine. I was hitting some good shots, but nothing was really happening for me. Then I made kind of a couple bogeys and I just stayed patient, and then I made some really good putts on 16 and 17, which are really hard holes, so I’m very happy to finish 2-under today,” she said.

The European Solheim Cup player is looking for her first professional title and she added: “I’m going to go out there tomorrow and play my own game, and if I manage to shoot 4 or 5-under, then I think I might have a chance, but I’m in a good position now, and I’m happy with the way I played.”

Ayako Uehara, who has three wins on the LPGA of Japan, is a stroke back in second position, with Australian Katherine Kirk alone in third on seven-under-par.

The 2015 champion Lydia Ko, the recent Ricoh Women's British Open champion In-Kyung Kim and overnight leader Sung Hyun Park are tied for fourth place on six-under-par after a day of changeable, but largely dry conditions.

The cut, to the leading 70 players and ties, was expected to fall at three-over-par.

Pos.
Player
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Moriya JUTANUGARN
-9
65
68
133
2
Ayako UEHARA
-8
68
66
134
3
Katherine KIRK
-7
66
69
135
4
Sung Hyun PARK
-6
63
73
136
4
In-Kyung KIM
-6
67
69
136
4
Lydia KO
-6
68
68
136
7
Jennifer SONG
-5
72
65
137
7
Shanshan FENG
-5
69
68
137
7
Angela STANFORD
-5
69
68
137
7
Georgia HALL
-5
68
69
137
11
Mi Jung HUR
-4
68
70
138
11
Anna NORDQVIST
-4
66
72
138
11
Sei Young KIM
-4
70
68
138
11
Brittany ALTOMARE
-4
70
68
138

 

Round 1 - Sung Hyun Park fires 63 to take lead in Evian

September 15, 2017
Sung Hyun Park, The Evian Championship 2017

The US Women’s Open champion, Sung Hyun Park, took advantage of a fresh start at the Evian Championship on Friday as she fired an opening round of eight-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead over Moriya Jutanugarn.

Play was cancelled on Thursday due to adverse weather and all scores were erased, reducing the tournament to a 54-hole event with a re-start on Friday morning.

Park, the world number three who also won the Canadian Open last month, had been last on the leader board, on six-over-par after eight holes, having taken a triple and a quintuple bogey nine on the fourth hole, when first round play was suspended on Thursday.

It was a different story on Friday as she made seven birdies, an eagle and one bogey on a soft golf course, effectively gaining 14 strokes from where she had left off on Thursday morning.

Her Irish caddie, David Jones, who worked for fellow Korean In Gee Chun when she won the Evian Championship 12 months ago, quipped: “I’m going to buy a lottery ticket tonight!”

When asked if she was happy that yesterday’s scores were wiped out, the poker-faced Park said, through a translator: “To be honest, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised, but what I did was I just wanted to focus on my game today and go on.”

Park certainly appeared to have regained her focus. She started with birdies on the 10th and 12th before chipping in for eagle on the par 5 13th and added two further birdies on the 15th and 17th in a back nine of 30.

On her front nine, she birdied the second, bogeyed the fourth and made further gains at the seventh and ninth holes, coming in with 33.

The recent Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic champion, Katherine Kirk, shot a five-under-par 66 early in the day and was later joined by Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist in a share of third. Nordqvist was moving along steadily but hit the gas when she holed her third shot for eagle on the long 15th and then made a birdie on the short 16th.

Jessica Korda, Marina Alex and In-Kyung Kim, the Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, share fifth position on four-under-par. England’s Georgia Hall lies in joint eighth place in a group on three-under alongside Ai Miyazato, Ayako Uehara, the 2015 champion, Lydia Ko, Mi Jung Hur, Austin Ernst, Ryann O’Toole and the US Amateur champion Sophia Schubert, 21, from Tennessee.

Hall started with two birdies on the back nine at the fourth and sixth holes, against a bogey on 14 and added three more at the fourth, fifth and seventh, before making a second bogey at the par-3 eighth.

“My chipping was really good today, which I’m very happy about. I holed some really good putts, but I also missed a couple of short ones. But I managed to kind of keep in there,” said Hall, who is making her first appearance in the Evian Championship. Commenting on the golf course, she said: “It’s playing quite long, but the fairways are very soft and the greens, as well, so you can attack a few more pins. I thought the pins were actually quite tough for the first day. They were tucked into some very difficult positions. “I normally play well on tight golf courses. That’s what I’ve always said since I was about 13, and this is definitely quite tight. There are some really tricky holes out there, so I just wanted to see how today went, but I managed to shoot a good score.”

Dame Laura Davies opened with a two-under 69 and is tied for 16th in a group including Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng and Juli Inkster.

The second round gets under way on Saturday at 7.45am, ahead of a cut to the leading 70 players and those tied.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Sung Hyun PARK
-8
63
2
Moriya JUTANUGARN
-6
65
3
Katherine KIRK
-5
66
3
Anna NORDQVIST
-5
66
5
Jessica KORDA
-4
67
5
In-Kyung KIM
-4
67
5
Marina ALEX
-4
67
8
Ai MIYAZATO
-3
68
8
Lydia KO
-3
68
8
Ayako UEHARA
-3
68
8
Georgia HALL
-3
68
8
Sophia SCHUBERT (AM)
-3
68
8
Mi Jung HUR
-3
68
8
Austin ERNST
-3
68
8
Ryann O TOOLE
-3
68

Round 1 - Play in Evian cancelled due to rain

September 14, 2017

The Evian Championship will start afresh on Friday and the fifth Major will now be played over 54-holes after the first day’s play was washed out.

Thursday’s play was suspended at 10.04am local time, as strong winds, blowing at 45 miles-per-hour, caused golf balls to move on the greens and heavy rain lashed the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-Les-Bains, France.

The early starters had enjoyed around two hours of bright and breezy weather before the conditions became dangerous and the course was evacuated.

Jessica Korda and world number one So Yeon Ryu were tied for the lead on two-under-par when play was suspended, after eight and five holes respectively. Minjee Lee, Paula Creamer and Brittany Lang a stroke behind and Georgia Hall a shot further back in a group on level par.

None of the early starters had completed nine holes and there were several attempts to resume play, but at 2.30pm, the decision was made to scrap all scores from round one and start afresh on Friday morning, with the same first-round tee times as originally scheduled for Thursday.

The tee times for rounds one and two will remain unchanged and there will now be a cut after the second round on Saturday, while the final round is due to conclude at 5pm on Sunday as planned.

Friday’s forecast is for generally sunny conditions and light winds, increasing on Saturday, with the potential for more rain on Sunday afternoon.

Scores

Playoff Hole 1 (18) Par 4
Anna NORDQVIST 5
Brittany ALTOMARE 6
Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Score Prize Money
1 Anna NORDQVIST 66 72 66 5 -9 204 € 460,343.48
2 Brittany ALTOMARE 70 68 66 6 -9 204 € 285,560.10
T3 Lydia KO 68 68 69 -8 205 € 165,462.16
T3 Moriya JUTANUGARN 65 68 72 -8 205 € 165,462.16
T3 Katherine KIRK 66 69 70 -8 205 € 165,462.16
T6 Sei Young KIM 70 68 68 -7 206 € 96,932.78
T6 Shanshan FENG 69 68 69 -7 206 € 96,932.78
8 Jennifer SONG 72 65 70 -6 207 € 77,389.83
9 Mi Hyang LEE 69 72 67 -5 208 € 69,573.66
T10 Georgia HALL 68 69 72 -4 209 € 58,887.81
T10 In-Kyung KIM 67 69 73 -4 209 € 58,887.81
T10 Ayako UEHARA 68 66 75 -4 209 € 58,887.81
13 Ally MCDONALD 71 68 71 -3 210 € 51,279.32
T14 Hye Jin CHOI 69 72 70 -2 211 € 44,243.42
T14 Hyo-Joo KIM 70 73 68 -2 211 € 44,243.42
T14 Su OH 71 68 72 -2 211 € 44,243.42
T14 Sandra GAL 70 69 72 -2 211 € 44,243.42
T18 Gaby LOPEZ 72 70 70 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Danielle KANG 71 70 71 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Cristie KERR 69 73 70 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Morgan PRESSEL 71 69 72 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 In Gee CHUN 70 70 72 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Nicole BROCH LARSEN 69 70 73 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Eun-Hee JI 74 70 68 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T18 Angela STANFORD 69 68 75 -1 212 € 34,141.93
T26 Mo MARTIN 73 69 71 E 213 € 26,108.83
T26 Juli INKSTER 69 71 73 E 213 € 26,108.83
T26 Pornanong PHATLUM 76 67 70 E 213 € 26,108.83
T26 Gerina PILLER 71 72 70 E 213 € 26,108.83
T26 Marina ALEX 67 72 74 E 213 € 26,108.83
T26 Sung Hyun PARK 63 73 77 E 213 € 26,108.83
T32 Ai MIYAZATO 68 73 73 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Haru NOMURA 69 73 72 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Brittany LINCICOME 74 69 71 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Minjee LEE 69 70 75 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Bronte LAW 70 69 75 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Candie KUNG 70 73 71 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Charley HULL 75 69 70 1 214 € 19,680.00
T32 Carlota CIGANDA 72 72 70 1 214 € 19,680.00
T40 Pei-Yun CHIEN 69 73 73 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Joanna KLATTEN 69 71 75 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Caroline HEDWALL 71 72 72 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Kelly SHON 69 74 72 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Suzann PETTERSEN 69 74 72 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 So Yeon RYU 75 69 71 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Jing YAN 75 69 71 2 215 € 14,186.99
T40 Jeong-Eun LEE 76 69 70 2 215 € 14,186.99
T48 Lexi THOMPSON 70 72 74 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Do Yeon KIM 71 70 75 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Austin ERNST 68 74 74 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Sarah-Jane SMITH 73 68 75 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Azahara MUNOZ 74 69 73 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Jenny SHIN 70 70 76 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Lee-Anne PACE 77 68 71 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Chella CHOI 72 73 71 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Amy YANG 72 73 71 3 216 € 10,208.27
T48 Olafia KRISTINSDOTTIR 71 74 71 3 216 € 10,208.27
T58 Sophia SCHUBERT 68 73 76 4 217 N/A
T58 Megan KHANG 75 67 75 4 217 € 7,911.18
T58 Wei Ling HSU 71 71 75 4 217 € 7,911.18
T58 Katie BURNETT 71 70 76 4 217 € 7,911.18
T58 Ryann O TOOLE 68 75 74 4 217 € 7,911.18
T58 Brooke HENDERSON 74 71 72 4 217 € 7,911.18
T64 Tiffany JOH 71 72 75 5 218 € 7,191.45
T64 Mi Jung HUR 68 70 80 5 218 € 7,191.45
T64 Atthaya THITIKUL 76 69 73 5 218 N/A
T64 Sun Young YOO 74 71 73 5 218 € 7,191.45
T68 Mariah STACKHOUSE 73 69 77 6 219 € 6,800.47
T68 Mel REID 70 73 76 6 219 € 6,800.47
T70 Karine ICHER 72 71 78 8 221 € 6,487.69
T70 Amy OLSON 73 72 76 8 221 € 6,487.69
72 Caroline MASSON 73 69 81 10 223 € 6,254.79
CUT
T73 Madelene SAGSTROM 74 72 4 146
T73 Marion RICORDEAU 74 72 4 146
T73 Natalie GULBIS 73 73 4 146
T73 Nelly KORDA 76 70 4 146
T73 Jessica KORDA 67 79 4 146
T73 Amelia LEWIS 75 71 4 146
T79 Alison LEE 74 73 5 147
T79 Karrie WEBB 74 73 5 147
T79 Jacqui CONCOLINO 72 75 5 147
T79 Beth ALLEN 78 69 5 147
T79 Laura DAVIES 69 78 5 147
T79 Brittany LANG 75 72 5 147
T79 Florentyna PARKER 72 75 5 147
T79 Brittany MARCHAND 78 69 5 147
T79 Christina KIM 74 73 5 147
T88 Simin FENG 72 76 6 148
T88 Supamas SANGCHAN 71 77 6 148
T88 Thidapa SUWANNAPURA 73 75 6 148
T88 Mirim LEE 72 76 6 148
T88 Wichanee MEECHAI 75 73 6 148
T88 Marissa STEEN 75 73 6 148
T88 Klara SPILKOVA 73 75 6 148
T88 Jane PARK 74 74 6 148
T88 Lindy DUNCAN 76 72 6 148
T97 Albane VALENZUELA 75 74 7 149
T97 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 71 78 7 149
T97 Kim KAUFMAN 78 71 7 149
T97 Angel YIN 76 73 7 149
T97 Cydney CLANTON 78 71 7 149
T97 Jodi EWART SHADOFF 72 77 7 149
T97 Beatriz RECARI 77 72 7 149
T97 Aditi ASHOK 72 77 7 149
T97 Sherman SANTIWIWATTHANAPHONG 76 73 7 149
T97 Isabelle BOINEAU 77 72 7 149
T107 Mariajo URIBE 72 78 8 150
T107 Jaye Marie GREEN 76 74 8 150
T107 Catriona MATTHEW 78 72 8 150
T107 Yani TSENG 76 74 8 150
T111 Perrine DELACOUR 76 75 9 151
T111 Ariya JUTANUGARN 77 74 9 151
T111 Agathe LAISNE 76 75 9 151
T114 Laura GONZALEZ ESCALLON 75 77 10 152
T114 Johanna GUSTAVSSON 74 78 10 152
T114 Mina HARIGAE 77 75 10 152
T117 Paphangkorn TAVATANAKIT 77 76 11 153
T117 Anne VAN DAM 80 73 11 153
T117 Pernilla LINDBERG 82 71 11 153
Withdrawn Players
Paula CREAMER E

 

Preview

DATES: September 14-17
SITE: Evian GC, Evian-Les-Bains, France
PRIZE MONEY: $3,650,000
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Miyazato ready for retirement

The week is finally here. After announcing in May her intentions to retire from the LPGA Tour, Japanese great Ai Miyazato is teeing it up at The Evian Championship this week for her final competitive event.

“I feel happy, but I’m kind of sad to leave at the same time, because like I said, I’m going to miss all my friends on the Tour,” said Miyazato, who won the 2009 and 2011 Evian Masters prior to this event receiving major status in 2013. “Specifically the first couple days it’ll be really the mixed emotional feelings that I think I’m going to have. I need to really control myself because otherwise it will be really tough for me.”

The Evian Championship marks the culmination of a career that took Miyazato to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings for 11 weeks in 2010. That same year, she led the LPGA Tour with five victories, and she captured four other titles during her 12 years on the LPGA Tour. Miyazato also has 15 JLPGA titles to her name, and has become one of the most beloved players on Tour.

“This is definitely one of my favorite tournaments all year-round,” said Miyazato, whose win at the 2009 Evian Masters was her first on the LPGA Tour. “Specifically this week it’s going to be my last event, like last-last event, and I feel great. I’m ready for this week to play really well actually, but I get to see all my friends in this tournament. So it’s been great so far.”

Miyazato has played sparingly in 2017, only teeing it up in 11 events. However, she comes to Evian-les-Bains fresh off her season-best finish of T5 two weeks ago at the Cambia Portland Classic.

And what’s next for Ai Miyazato? Only time will tell.

“I haven’t made any decision, but now I have time to think about it. It will be fun,” she said, with her signature smile lighting up the room.

Pressure not getting to Ryu

This has surely been a season to remember for So Yeon Ryu. The 27-year-old from the Republic of Korea captured the ANA Inspiration in April for her second career major championship victory, and followed that with a win at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in June. That victory in Arkansas moved her to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, a position she has now held for 12 consecutive weeks.

But it has not been a wholly easy ride. Ryu admitted to feeling tremendous pressure thanks to all the accolades that come with the World No. 1 title.

“I didn’t realize it until I played at the British Open that after that I would think about it, then actually like being World No. 1 is a lot of pressure,” said Ryu. “I didn’t realize it, but finally I realized how much it is, how tough it is. But another thing I realized is that I don’t want to like give up. I don’t want to just run away. I just want to put on this pressure, and I want to fight through.”

If Ryu can take the victory on Sunday, she will join countrywoman In-Kyung Kim as the season’s only three-time winner. This is already Ryu’s first multiple-win season on the LPGA Tour, and she currently leads the Rolex Player of the Year standings by three points over Lexi Thompson. Ryu also sits atop the standings for Rolex ANNIKA Major Award honors.

Thompson on a roll

Lexi Thompson enters the final major championship of the season in peak form, fresh off of her second victory of 2017 at the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim. Thompson is the only American with multiple wins this season and the only player on the LPGA Tour with wins in each of the last five seasons.

Thompson hopes to join Suzann Pettersen (2013) as the only players to win both The Evian Championship and the event preceding. The other three players to win the event prior went on to miss the cut at Evian Resort Golf Club.

The 22-year-old sounds poised for the challenge of the quick turnaround from last week’s win, saying, “It’s definitely tough. Even though it’s only a six-hour time difference, it’s hard to get used to. I think I slept for like 11 hours last night. I’ve never slept that long, in a while. It is definitely hard to get used to the time change and just a lot of travel and having to play golf the next day, but it’s something I’m kind of used to. I’ve done the travel since I was 15 years old going out of the country and everything, so I’m pretty used to it.”

If Thompson can win again this year, she’ll be the first American with three or more wins in a season since Stacy Lewis won three times in 2014.

Quick hits

So Yeon Ryu is playing in her fifth Evian Championship, and also played in the Evian Masters in 2011 and 2012; her best major finish is T2, coming in 2016

Lexi Thompson is playing in her fifth Evian Championship, and also played in the 2010-12 Evian Masters; her best major finish is second, coming in 2015

Ai Miyazato is playing in her fifth Evian Championship, and also played in the 2005-2012 Evian Masters; her best major finish is T15, in 2013, and she won the 2009 and 2011 Evian Masters

Quotable

“No.” - AI Miyazato, when asked if she had changed her mind about retirement

“She’s going to be always my idol star. Even though I cannot see her anymore on the Tour, she’s still going to be in my heart and she’s going to be my really good friend forever. I really want to be rooting for her in another chapter of her life, and also someday I’m like going to retire, as well, then she’s going to have the experience a little earlier than me, so for sure she’s going to be a really great advisor for me when I get time to get retired.”
- So Yeon Ryu, on Ai Miyazato

“The Tour is definitely going to miss her. I’ve played a lot of golf with her, and she’s not only a great player, obviously, what she’s done for the game, but just her whole attitude and demeanor, she’s so nice so every single person, always has a smile on her face. You never know when she plays bad or good. I think she did wonders for the Tour, and everybody is going to miss her.”
- Lexi Thompson, on Ai Miyazato





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