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Last year, the four French players present at The Evian Championship, all made the cut, a record. For the 2017 edition, Karine Icher, Joanna Klatten and Isabelle Boineau are here again and are joined by Perrine Delacour, Marion Ricordeau and the young amateur Agathe Laisné.

 

Karine Icher

Age 38

World ranking: 47th
LPGA Money List: 35th
Race to CME Globe: 31st
 

The driving force in France’s women’s golf for a decade. Karine Icher's consistency at the top of her sport (she has been playing alongside the top golfers on the LPGA tour for 15 years already), her knowledge of Evian - she’s back for the 13th time this year - make her, once again, one of France’s best hopes for a well-placed finish (and better, should the opportunity arise!).

In terms of Karine’s performance this year, she finished 4th at the Kia Classic, in the Top 10 at the Ana Inspiration, the first Major of the season, and was selected as part of the Solheim Cup team for the 4th time. Her great consistency places the French number 1 in the world Top 50 going into the tournament. 

 

Joanna Klatten

Age 32

LPGA Money List: 84th
Race to CME Globe: 84th

Contrary to last year, when she gave the best performance of her young career on the LPGA tour, finishing 6th at the Lotte Championship, Joanna Klatten has not yet managed a Top 20 finish on the US tour this year.

However, the French player's results this year are much more solid. Despite being the longest hitter on the tour (average drive distance of almost 280 yards), Joanna Klatten is only around 150th in the putting rankings, which explains her difficulty in getting close to the top players. Present at The Evian Championship since 2013, Klatten made the cut for the first time last year, and finished 48th.

 

Isabelle Boineau

Age 28

LET Money List: 85th

Her victory at last year's Scottish Open enabled Isabelle Boineau, aged 28, to enter the big league. She once again qualified for The Evian Championship by winning this year’s Jabra Ladies Open, the new event on the LETAS, also sanctioned as the European qualifier for The Evian Championship, which was held on the fairways at the Evian Resort Golf Club in June.

At her first participation in The Evian Championship in 2016, the player from Marseille finished in 48th place. This is a new opportunity for her to measure herself against the world elite as she her sights set on joining the LPGA tour in 2018. 

 

Marion Ricordeau

Age 31

Volvik Race for the Card (Symetra Tour): 28th

A few weeks ago, she was ready to give up and was planning to return to Europe. Life is clearly not easy in the jungle of the Symetra Tour, the US women’s second division. But it was good that Marion Ricordeau listened to her mother, who did not want to see her give up, and who encouraged her to keep going, despite having missed three cuts at her last four events and in doubt of her capabilities. Marion won her spot for The Evian Championship 2017 hands down by finishing runner-up at the PHC Classic mid-August. Here she will spend a week away from the fairways of the Symetra Tour and her not-always-easy daily life.

 

Agathe Laisné

Age 18

Amateur world ranking: 29th

Recently crowned European amateur in Lausanne, on the other side of Lake Geneva, after beating Albane Valenzuela, the local player and amateur world number 2 (despite behind 8 shots behind going into the final round!), Agathe Laisné, aged 18, was awarded a new wildcard by the organizers of The Evian Championship 2017. The player from La Boulie returns to Haute-Savoie with more experience than in 2015 where she was introduced to the world’s top players on the fairways at the Evian Resort.

 

Perrine Delacour

Age 23

LPGA Money List: 97th
Race to CME Globe: 93rd

Perrine Delacour has played on the US tour for three and a half years and finished 7th this year at the Manulife Classic, carding a superb 62 (10 under par) on the second round. She also finished 13th at the Marathon Classic at the end of July. Since then, the French player has missed the cut at the four tournaments she took part in. Obviously, her main aim in Evian will be to get out of this negative spiral and collect some precious points to improve her LPGA ranking.