Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Evian Championship reduced to 54 holes after bad weather in France

Evian Championship reduced to 54 holes after bad weather in France

But the 23-year-old South Korean, also a victor at the 2015 US Open, will have her work cut out to defend her title against compatriot So Yeun Ryu, the current world number one, in the fifth and final major of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) European tour that takes place at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

Among other notable groups: Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and In-Kyung Kim; In Gee Chun, Ariya Jutanugarn and Shanshan Feng.

"We really want to tell the world of golf that the Evian Championship is a golf destination", Riboud told CNN's Living Golf. "Also they have a few green changes, and I think the changes make (the course) more reasonable and more exciting".

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The tee times for Friday and Saturday will be the same as those from Thursday and Friday, with the cut made after Saturday's round.

Defending champion Chun has placed second on no less than five occasions this season but has yet to win a tournament this year.

She admits it has not been too easy to adjust to her rise to the top of the women's rankings.But she has been working on her mindset with coach Cameron McCormick, who also looks after men's British Open champion Jordan Speith.

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That South Korea's Sung Hyun Park could win both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year speaks volumes about her promising future in the game. Notes: This is the fifth major of the year. "My only goal is to play better than a year ago and win". Karrie Webb needs a victory to become the only woman to capture six majors on the LPGA schedule.

Hosted by the Evian Resort Golf Club in France, this tournament will bring back special memories for Ko who won her maiden Major Championship here in 2015. The Evian Championship began in 1994 as a Ladies European Tour event.

In 2013, the competition was renamed, rescheduled to September and awarded major status by the LPGA. Her runner-up finish in Indianapolis pushed her past $8 million in career earnings in just 93 starts.

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