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The Evian Championship
The Evian Championship
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Tournament information
Location Évian-les-Bains,
Haute-Savoie, France
Established 1994; 23 years ago (1994)
Course(s) Evian Resort Golf Club
Par 71
Length 6,482 yards (5,927 m)
in 2016
Tour(s) Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund US$3.65 million
Month played September
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263 Chun In-gee (2016)
To par -21 Juli Inkster (2003)
-21 Chun In-gee (2016)
Current champion
Sweden Anna Nordqvist
2017 Evian Championship
Evian Resort Golf Club is located in France
Evian Resort Golf Club
Evian Resort Golf Club
Location in France

The Evian Championship is a women's professional golf tournament in France, played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains each September.

Founded 23 years ago in 1994 on the Ladies European Tour (LET) as the Evian Masters, it is one of two major championships on the LET. Not originally a major on the LPGA Tour, it became an LPGA co-sanctioned event in 2000, which included a significant increase in purse size. Its current purse of US$3.65 million is the second-richest in women's golf, after the U.S. Women's Open ($5 million in 2017).

Originally a mid-June event, it was played in late July from 2003 to 2012, then moved to mid-September in 2013 when it became the final major for both tours. The average elevation of the course is approximately 480 metres (1,575 ft) above sea level and overlooks nearby Lake Geneva to the north.

In July 2011 it was announced that beginning in 2013, the Evian Masters would be renamed "The Evian Championship" and would become the fifth major on the LPGA Tour schedule and move to September.[1][2][3]

After the 2017 Evian Championship was reduced to 54 holes, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan admitted it was a mistake to move the major to a September date and vowed to move it back to summer by 2019.[4]

Course

Evian Resort Golf Club - (1994-present)
(a.k.a. Domaine du Royal Club Evian)

Field

Prior to 2007, the event included 78 players, about half the size of a full-field LPGA Tour event, and was held over four days without a cut, meaning all players played all four days regardless of their scores. Beginning in 2007, the field was expanded to 90 players and a cut added after the second round. A cut means the players with the lowest 70 scores and anyone tied for 70th place play all four rounds and win prize money based on their final standing in the tournament. The other players are eliminated after the second round. The field was increased to 111 players in 2010.[5]

Scoring record

The tournament scoring record of 263 (-21) was set by Chun In-gee in 2016.

Winners

LET and LPGA co-sanctioned major (2013-present)

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
(US$)
Winner's
share
2017* Sep 14-17 Anna Nordqvist  Sweden 70-68-66=204 -9 Playoff United States Brittany Altomare 3,650,000 547,500
2016 Sep 15-18 Chun In-gee  South Korea 63-66-65-69=263 -21 4 strokes South Korea Park Sung-hyun
South Korea Ryu So-yeon
3,250,000 487,500
2015 Sep 10-13 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 69-69-67-63=268 -16 6 strokes United States Lexi Thompson 3,250,000 487,500
2014 Sep 11-14 Kim Hyo-joo  South Korea 61-72-72-68=273 -11 1 stroke Australia Karrie Webb 3,250,000 487,500
2013* Sep 12-15 Suzann Pettersen  Norway 66-69-68=203 -10 2 strokes New Zealand Lydia Ko (a) 3,250,000 487,500

* Reduced to 54 holes due to rain

LET and LPGA co-sanctioned event (2000-2012)

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
(US$)
Winner's
share
Evian Masters
2012 Jul 26-29 Inbee Park  South Korea 71-64-70-66=271 -17 2 strokes United States Stacy Lewis
Australia Karrie Webb
3,250,000 487,500
2011 Jul 21-24 Ai Miyazato  Japan 68-68-67-70=273 -15 2 strokes United States Stacy Lewis 3,250,000 487,500
2010 Jul 22-25 Jiyai Shin  South Korea 68-70-71-66=274 -14 1 stroke South Korea Choi Na-yeon
United States Morgan Pressel
United States Lexi Thompson
3,250,000 487,500
2009 Jul 23-26 Ai Miyazato  Japan 69-66-70-69=274 -14 Playoff Sweden Sophie Gustafson 3,250,000 487,500
2008 Jul 24-27 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 72-63-71-67=273 -15 Playoff South Korea Choi Na-yeon
Brazil Angela Park
3,250,000 487,500
2007 Jul 26-29 Natalie Gulbis  United States 72-69-73-70=284 -4 Playoff South Korea Jang Jeong 3,000,000 450,000
2006 Jul 26-29 Karrie Webb  Australia 67-68-69-68=272 -16 1 stroke England Laura Davies
United States Michelle Wie
3,000,000 450,000
2005 Jul 20-23 Paula Creamer  United States 68-68-66-71=273 -15 8 strokes Mexico Lorena Ochoa
United States Michelle Wie
2,500,000 375,000
2004 Jul 21-24 Wendy Doolan  Australia 68-68-69-65=270 -18 1 stroke Sweden Annika Sörenstam 2,500,000 375,000
2003 Jul 23-26 Juli Inkster  United States 66-72-64-65=267 -21 6 strokes South Korea Han Hee-won 2,100,000 315,000
2002 Jun 12-15 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 68-67-65-69=269 -19 4 strokes Sweden Maria Hjorth
South Korea Mi-Hyun Kim
2,100,000 315,000
2001 Jun 13-16 Rachel Teske  Australia 71-68-66-68=273 -15 1 stroke Sweden Maria Hjorth 2,100,000 315,000
2000 Jun 14-17 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 70-68-70-68=276 -12 Playoff Australia Karrie Webb 1,800,000 270,000

LET event (1994-1999)

Year Dates Champion Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse
(£)
Winner's
share
Evian Masters
1999 Jun 9-12 Catrin Nilsmark  Sweden 69-70-72-68=279 -9 2 strokes England Laura Davies 689,000 102,500
1998 Jun 3-6 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 70-69-73-65=277 -11 4 strokes Sweden Maria Hjorth 500,000 75,000
1997 Jun 18-21 Hiromi Kobayashi  Japan 69-67-69-69=274 -14 Playoff England Alison Nicholas 425,000 63,750
1996 Jun 19-22 Laura Davies  England 72-69-65-68=274 -14 4 strokes Sweden Carin Koch 375,000 56,250
1995 Jun 7-10 Laura Davies  England 68-67-69-67=271 -17 5 strokes Sweden Annika Sörenstam 270,000 40,630
1994 Jun 9-12 Helen Alfredsson  Sweden 71-73-73-70=287 -1 3 strokes England Lora Fairclough
Australia Sarah Gautrey
232,500 34,875

In 2017 Nordqvist won with a bogey 5 on the first extra hole. In 2009 Miyazato won with a birdie 4 on the first extra hole. In 2008 Alfredsson won with a birdie 4 on the third extra hole. Park has been eliminated when the other two players made birdies on the first extra hole. In 2007 Gulbis beat Jang with a birdie 4 on the first extra hole. In 2000 Sörenstam beat Webb with an eagle 3 on the first extra hole. In 1997 Kobayashi beat Nicholas with an eagle 3 on the first extra hole.

Multiple winners

References

  1. ^ "LPGA Adds The Evian as a Major Championship in 2013" (Press release). LPGA. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ "Evian Masters to be 5th major in 2013". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Evian Championship". LPGA. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ Inglis, Martin (8 November 2017). "LPGA commissioner takes blame for major gaffe". bunkered. 
  5. ^ "2010 Evian Masters - final leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2011. 

External links

Coordinates: 46°23?38?N 6°34?12?E / 46.394°N 6.570°E / 46.394; 6.570


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