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Five majors in the 5th Major

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In golf, more than in other disciplines, it is always tricky to predict the winner before the start of a tournament. But among the five players chosen here, it would be surprising not to see one of them on Sunday afternoon in contention for the title of The Evian Championship 2017.

So Yeon Ryu   

With her early-season win at the ANA Inspiration, the 27-year-old Korean put an end to almost six years of unsuccessful attempts in the Grand Slam and three seasons without a victory. Back to her best and undoubtedly one of the most consistent world class champions (she has only missed eight cuts out of almost 140 since her arrival on the US Tour in 2012, only two at Majors!), So Yeon Ryu has already produced ten Top 10 finishes in 2017 and took the world number 1 ranking at the start of the summer. Ryu, the quiet force in Korean women's golf, was runner-up at last year’s Evian Championship. 

 

Sung Hyun Park

The latest stellar player in Korean golf, and already Rookie of the 2017 season on the LPGA Tour, Sung Hyun Park became a Grand Slam winner when she won this year’s US Open. Two further titles, the most recent on 24 August in Canada, and seven Top 10 finishes place her ahead of her compatriot So Yeon Ryu on the US Money List before the final major event of the season. Park, joint runner-up (with... So Yeon Ryu) last year on the shores of Lake Geneva, poses a threat. Like her compatriot, she is one of the strongest contenders for the Rolex Annika Major Award.

 

Brooke Henderson

She has just turned 20 (on 10 September) and in the eyes of onlookers embodies the future of women's golf. And the present too! Effectively, Brooke Henderson did not have to wait long to become a Grand Slam winner. In June 2016, she beat Lydia Ko in a showdown at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Seattle. And it was by the narrowest of margins that in 2017, a week after the fourth win in her young career at the Meijer LPGA Classic, the Canadian was unable to hold onto this Major title, defeated by one shot by the American Danielle Kang.

 

Lexi Thompson

The unfortunate incident which cost her victory at the first Major of the season, the ANA Inspiration, cannot be changed (a ball incorrectly replaced on the green, a 4-shot penalty whilst leader of the tournament 6 holes from the finish). Finally defeated in a play-off by the Korean So Yeon Ryu, Lexi Thompson’s tears were seen around the world. But the American, who is still looking for her 2nd Grand Slam win, three years after the first, seems to have come to terms with this hard blow, as her victory last weekend at the Indy Women In Tech Championship goes to show.

Thompson always feels comfortable in Evian. She has twice finished on the podium at this event in the past four years: 3rd in 2013 and runner-up to the untouchable Lydia Ko in 2015.

 

Lydia Ko

Even though she seems to have levelled off this season, in particular at the Majors, despite a runner-up finish at the Indy Women In Tech Championship, the young New Zealander, who has not won any tournaments on tour since July 2016 and lost her world number 1 place at the start of the summer (further to a solid two and a half years at the top) cannot be left off the list of contenders to win The Evian Championship 2017. Ko won the tournament in 2015, undoubtedly the best season of her young career (5 wins). It was also in Evian that she was brought to the attention of the French public in 2013 when she made Norwegian Suzann Pettersen work hard right up until the end.

 

In Gee Chun

Despite no victories thus far in 2017, the defending champion of The Evian Championship has notched up five runner-up finishes this year, the latest just two weeks ago in Portland, a week after finishing on the 3rd step of the podium at the Canadian Open. The Korean is on great form as she returns to Evian, where with the exception of Laura Davies in 1996 (the prehistoric era when the event was neither an LPGA event nor a Major), no champion has ever won twice.