The Evian Championship will convey the L.P.G.A. to the Evian Resort Golf Membership in Evian-les-Bains, France, this week for the ultimate main of 2018.
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden returns with the hope of defending her 2017 title, whereas the 2015 champion, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, additionally returns to France for an additional probability at profitable the championship.
The world’s top-ranked participant, Sung Hyun Park, and the third-ranked, So Yeon Ryu, each of South Korea, hope to enhance on their 2016 co-runner-up end. Every participant is searching for a 3rd main victory.
And with Karine Icher, the top-ranked French participant, on maternity depart, French golf followers will hope for a homegrown champion, such because the L.P.G.A. tour members Céline Boutier, Joanna Klatten and Céline Herbin, in addition to the Women European Tour member Astrid Vayson de Pradenne, who received the Jabra Women Open this summer time on the Evian golf membership.
The Evian Championship is now in its sixth yr because the L.P.G.A.’s fifth main championship. Listed below are another gamers to look at this week.
Shanshan has posted a top-10 end in 5 of the final six Evian Championships, indicating that the course fits her recreation. Ending tied for sixth final yr, the gregarious participant from Shanghai, with a penchant for bovine-pattern golf apparel, want to gather her second main at Evian and her 10th profession victory. She is ranked at No. 7 on the earth and has 5 top-10 finishes this season, together with three ties for third.
A rookie this season, Corridor, from England, heads to Evian because the top-ranked European participant at No. eight on the earth. She has the tour’s scorching hand with a win on the Girls’s British Open and a runner-up end on the L.P.G.A.’s Cambia Portland Traditional in her final three occasions. With three top-10s this season, she returns to a course the place she tied for 10th final yr. A second main championship win this season would catapult Corridor nearer to the tour’s prime rookie honors.
The fourth-year participant from Canada has emerged as one in every of North America’s main contenders on the L.P.G.A. tour and remains to be using the excessive of profitable her homeland’s CP Girls’s Open in late August. Henderson hopes so as to add a second main championship and eighth profession L.P.G.A. victory at Evian. She has 9 top-10s and two wins in 2018. Ranked No. 9 on the earth, she enters the ultimate main hoping to enhance on her tie for ninth on the 2016 Evian Championship.
Whereas it was her huge sister, Moriya Jutanugarn, who posted the sibling finest end final yr on the Evian with a tie for third, Ariya tied for ninth on the 2016 match and has amassed a formidable file this season with 13 top-10 finishes and three wins, together with a victory on the 2018 U.S. Girls’s Open. The large-hitting participant from Thailand has completed within the prime seven in three of her final 4 occasions and hopes so as to add to her third-year profession file of 10 wins with two majors and 50 top-10s. She is ranked No. 2 on the earth.
On the lookout for her first win in 2018, this Florida native enters the match because the top-ranked American within the discipline at No. 5. She has 9 profession victories and one main championship, and hopes to increase her five-year streak of profitable at the least one L.P.G.A. match annually. She has posted six top-10 finishes this yr, together with a tie for fifth on the 2018 U.S. Girls’s Open and a top-10 end in early September on the Cambia Portland Traditional. She has two top-three finishes at Evian, together with a second place within the 2015 championship.
Whereas Park has posted blended ends in main championships this season with two top-10s and two missed cuts, count on this L.P.G.A. Corridor of Fame participant to be aggressive at Evian, the place she received in 2012 earlier than the occasion turned a serious. A local of South Korea, Park brings a season file of 5 top-10s and one win in 12 occasions to France with a world rating of No. four. A win at Evian would give her a brand new distinction as a brilliant profession Grand Slam winner wherein she has received each main accessible in her profession.