Five over five. The global elite has a date this week at Evian with the five best golfers on the planet in attendance starting Thursday to try and add this prestigious title to their roster. The top three in the ranking are also the best.
It’s hard to believe that none of them will be in the game on Sunday afternoon. Starting with world number one Jin Young Ko, who was elected Player of the Year on the LPGA Tour in 2021, for the second time after 2019. That year, the Korean had only major winners, including Evian. Since then, you haven’t won any of the five most important events. But she won five championships last year at the end of the season in the form of Annika Sörenstam’s dominance of the strongest of years. It won early in the season, in its 2021 momentum, but since then, the machine (63 greens in the straight and 114 holes without a bogey at the end of 2021) has gone – a bit – wrong. Jin Young Ko has not missed a cut this season and finished fourth at the US Women’s Open.
The girl who stole the throne from the world number one, Nelly Korda, had a complicated start to the season. After a three-month hiatus between March and June, due to a blood clot in her right forearm, the American moved forward with a Top 10 Final since her comeback. That didn’t stop Korda from stealing this week’s second world runner-up. By Evian Defense Champion, Minji Lee. To prove that her victory in France last year was not without a future, the Australian added her victory at the US Women’s Open in early June. With the lowest score in history (-13) as a bonus!
Question Records, Lydia Koo Fears No One. If the New Zealander isn’t as strong as in 2015 and 2016 when she beat all the early numbers, the former world number one has won again this year, her 17th LPGA win. Ko also has 4 of his top 5s in his last six laps. The question of maturation long live thiticol is also a phenomenon. Youngest-ever pro tournament winner at 14 and 4 months old, he’s not yet 20 and is already fifth in the world. After a stunning debut last year on the European Tour with 14 of the best 6 in 17 tournaments, two wins and a top spot on the line, Thitikul hasn’t slowed down on the LPGA Tour as she already racked up a victory at the start of the year.
In the world’s top ten, only Lexi Thompson lost, but the sixth planetary player still had to suffer setbacks during KPMG in June, the last major contested. The last two appearances of the super-powerful American on the shores of Lake Geneva ended with two missing pieces. Precision reigns over power on these narrow, steep trails. Evian is still struggling with the same difficulties and it will take meticulous confrontations and a hell of a game of iron to get the ball in the right place or overtake the right side. Otherwise, ghosting happens quickly. And in Evian, it was better to like the slanting and drooping shots. More than anywhere else, you rarely have flat feet and the ball is on the same level!
Predict Potter and PRB
A course that suits Céline Poitier. The French is not the tallest in the ring but her accuracy is phenomenal. After a great start to the season, the Parisian’s results will be more in a few months, but the pressure from the media and the public will be less intense and she is no doubt not upset. She still won the Lacoste Women’s Open in France last year, although the challenge and requirements are clearly very different here.
Media expectations and supporters do not worry Pauline Rossin Bouchard. Fresh and calm, the former amateur world number 1 is like Céline Potier, confident in her potential. Évian Resort Gofl club member Pauline Roussin-Bouchard knows the place like the back of her hand and plays better after a tough pass. His Top 10 last week, even though he was in the doubles tournament, proves it. Newbie, you learn quickly. Is it enough this year to play to win? We hope so, for her as well as for Céline Poitier, because the Amundi Evian Championship deserves to have a lock-up in the match on Sunday.