The Evian Championship, the 4th stage of the 5 women’s golf majors tees off on Thursday 25 July. The field comprises the 120 leading players in the world for a tournament, which in keeping with the season, promises to be closely fought. Who will succeed Angela Stanford as the winner of this 26th edition? The answer on Sunday 28 July.
A few days before the start of the Major, the final field of 120 players for The Evian Championship 2019, representing 24 nations, is decided, with an incredible spectacle in store as the tournament makes its big summer comeback and celebrates its 25th anniversary. With an increased prize purse, now $4,100,000, the tournament attracts all of the top international players.
This 26th edition has never seemed so open: the 20 tournaments played individually on the LPGA Tour in 2019 have crowned 17 different champions, and the three winners of the Grand Slam events had never before won a major title! These winners include two players from the endless legion of Koreans, Jeongeun Lee6 and Ko Jin-Young (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 2018), who respectively won the ANA Inspiration and the US Open, before Hannah Green, a 22-year-old Australian, surprised everyone at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship a month ago in Minnesota.
Sung Hyun Park, one of two players with Brooke Henderson, to have won two LPGA titles this year, finished 2nd at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship a few weeks ago to return to the world number 1 spot. The Korean is obviously a favorite this week in Evian. As is the American Lexi Thompson, 3rd place at the ANA Inspiration and runner-up at the US Open, who seems to be one of the most on-form players at the moment and possibly best equipped to succeed her compatriot Angela Stanford. Unless Nelly Korda (aged 21, USA) rocks the boat. Eyes will also be on Inbee Park who is always close to the top spot and winner of the Evian Masters 2012, who, if she won the tournament now a Major would achieve the Super Career Grand Slam.
Less than two months before the Solheim Cup in Scotland, Europe’s strongest players, although not so many, can count on the current number 1, Spain's Nuria Iturrios, a three-times winner this season, and Céline Boutier (ranked 70th in the world) who we obviously have high hopes for this week. By claiming her first title on the US tour at the start of the season, before almost pulling off a feat at the US Women's Open early June, the French player now plays in a different league and know she is perfectly capable of being on top of the world. She will have support in the French camp from Céline Herbin, winner at Sotogrande, and the young amateur Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who gained her entry to the major at the Jabra Ladies Open/European qualifiers. The European, US and Asian qualifiers gave 4 other players - Annabel Dimmock (Eng), Daniela Iacobelli (USA), Cindy Ha (USA) and Shi Hyun Ahn (Kor) - the opportunity to join the prestigious line-up for the major.
In line with the policy implemented by the tournament board to promote the emergence of the champions of tomorrow, the four wildcards were awarded to players with an average age of 20: Yealimi Noh (17, USA), Maria Fassi (21, Mex), Julie McCarthy (20, Irl) and Albane Valenzuela (22, am, Swi).