In pursuit of the Majors
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Three months to start up again, measure each other up, make an impression or fine tune their game. And already, the pressure of the first main event of 2017 is on!
Today, the elite of women's world golf is getting down to business at the ANA Inspiration, which marks the tee-off of the season's Majors.
In the rankings, the world number 1, Lydia Ko (aged 19), is still at the helm of a predominantly Korean Top-10 (6 out of the 10 players). An accurate reflection of the spectacular start to the season by the players from the land of morning calm. Four of the first six LPGA Tour tournaments since January have been won by Koreans, Ha Na Jang, Amy Yang, Mirim Lee and Olympic champion Inbee Park.
Only Brittany Lincicome and Anna Nordqvist played their cards right, each with a win at the start of this season.
Lydia Ko has her work cut out to reverse this trend and hold onto her title at the ANA Inspiration, particularly as the stakes are twofold in California for the New Zealander. The ANA Inspiration also opens the way to claiming the Rolex Annika Major Award won in style by Lydia Ko in 2016.
For the fourth year running, the Rolex Annika Major Award, which rewards excellence and consistency by the champions, will crown the player who performs the best at the season's 5 Majors. The champion of champions will be named after The Evian Championship 2017, and succeed Michelle Wie (2014), Inbee Park (2015) and Lydia Ko (2016).
start your majors season in style
To coincide with the launch of the season of Majors, The Evian Championship and ANA are launching a prize draw with two plane tickets to Japan to be won. A unique experience to follow in the champions' footsteps.