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Amundi Evian, LPGA’s youngest major, begins


The Amundi Evian Championship, the youngest of the five majors, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a major championship this Thursday.

To commemorate the milestone, the LPGA Tour heads across the pond with 132 of its best players in tow to Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The field is headlined by all the players in the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and all 15 of this season’s winners.

The first playing of the event as a major championship started with a bang when 15-time LPGA winner Suzann Pettersen hoisted the trophy.

The next year, Hyo Joo Kim made her major debut at the Amundi Evian Championship and went on to win it all.

Her first round, 10-under 61 is tied for the lowest score ever recorded at a major. Since then, Kim has gone on to win four more times on the LPGA Tour and is currently ranked eighth in the Rolex Rankings.

All the previous champions will be in this week’s field, except for Pettersen who retired in 2019. The list is a who’s who of women’s golf: Kim (2014), No. 3 Lydia Ko (2015), In Gee Chun (2016), Anna Nordqvist (2017), Solheim Cup assistant captain Angela Stanford (2018), No. 1 Jin Young Ko (2019), Minjee Lee (2021) and Brooke Henderson (2022).

With that kind of legacy, whoever manages to grab the trophy this year will solidify their place as one of the game’s top talents.

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