Paula Reto takes opening lead at 7-under

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 South African Paula Reto emerged as the leader in the clubhouse at the Amundi Evian Championship after a 7-under 64 to hold the 18-hole lead/co-lead for the first time at a major championship.

Reto opened the championship with her second-best round of the season after starting off on the back nine. With an early bogey on her second hole, Reto quickly rebounded, making three birdies on her front nine to turn with a two-under 34. She continued her streak of great putting with five birdies on her back nine, including four in her last five holes. With a total of eight birdies, she needed only 24 putts to have the best round of the day amongst the field.

This is Reto’s best start in the tournament. She has played four times previously, missing the cut in 2015 and 2022, withdrawing in 2021 and finishing T48 in 2016.

“This golf course is so fun and the views and everything, it's just awesome to be here. But hit some good quality shots beginning of the round. Just gave myself opportunities. One birdie dropped and you sort of try to do the same thing over and over and just put yourself in good spots on this golf course,” said Reto.  “Got a lucky bounce on 16 and I was like, oh, maybe I need that in my round. Yeah, and then sort of like the back nine, I just didn't think too much about it. Just sort of like what I got going on in front of me and made a couple good tap-ins on the par-5s. It was nice.”

Her first-round 64 was the best of the day by two shots, placing her in front of American Alison Lee, France's Celine Boutier, Thailand's Wichanee Meechai and New Zealand's Lydia Ko. All but Ko teed off in the morning wave, with Boutier putting on quite the performance in her home country thanks to six birdies and just one bogey.

“Honestly you play mind games with yourself. You just tell yourself you're not at home. (Laughter.) Honestly, not overthink it. Try to like think like a normal tournament and just approach the course like a regular course, if that makes sense,” said Boutier, who finished in a tie for third at last week’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational with her playing partner Yuka Saso.  “Instead of just being like over-cautious or like over-dramatic. I feel like especially on this course it's easy to do because there is so much like I feel danger zones everywhere. It's really easy to get wrapped into that. This year I just decided to I guess try to approach it as a regular event.”

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Paula Reto-764
T2Lydia Ko-566
T2Wichanee Meechai-566
T2Celine Boutier-566
T2Alison Lee-566
T6A Lim Kim-467
T6Ally Ewing-467
T6Hae Ran Ryu-467
T6Eun-Hee Ji-467
T6Yuka Saso-467
T6Angel Yin-467
T6Esther Henseleit-467
T6Celine Borge-467
T6Su Ji Kim-467
T15Jennifer Kupcho-368
T15Peiyun Chien-368
T15Hannah Green-368
T15Pernilla Lindberg-368
T19Angela Stanford-269
T19Jodi Ewart Shadoff-269
T19Patty Tavatanakit-269
T19Stephanie Meadow-269
T19Wei-Ling Hsu-269
T19Chella Choi-269
T19Minjee Lee-269
T19Rose Zhang-269
T19Linn Grant-269
T19Brooke M. Henderson-269
T19Andrea Lee-269
T19Atthaya Thitikul-269
T19Ayaka Furue-269
T19Gaby Lopez-269
T19Min Ji Park-269
T19Albane Valenzuela-269
T35Caroline Inglis-170
T35Megan Khang-170
T35Ryann O'Toole-170
T35Morgane Metraux-170
T35Nasa Hataoka-170
T35Ariya Jutanugarn-170
T35Leona Maguire-170
T35Dani Holmqvist-170
T35Daniela Darquea-170
T35Mi Hyang Lee-170
T35Johanna Gustavsson-170
T35Miyu Yamashita-170
T35Gemma Dryburgh-170
T35Nelly Korda-170
T35Jin Young Ko-170
T50Xiyu LinPar71
T50Moriya JutanugarnPar71
T50Hyo Joo KimPar71
T50Aditi AshokPar71
T50Allisen CorpuzPar71
T50Georgia HallPar71
T50Lilia VuPar71
T50Grace KimPar71
T50Mel ReidPar71
T50Madelene SagstromPar71
T50Maddie SzerykPar71
T50Ines LaklalechPar71
T50Cheyenne KnightPar71
T50Diksha DagarPar71
T64Narin An+172
T64Hye-Jin Choi+172
T64Yan Liu+172
T64Jenny Shin+172
T64Ashleigh Buhai+172
T64Jiyai Shin+172
T64Anna Nordqvist+172
T64In Gee Chun+172
T64Marina Alex+172
T64Sung Hyun Park+172
T64Sarah Schmelzel+172
T64Chiara Horder (a)+172
T64Amanda Doherty+172
T64Soo Bin Joo+172
T64Kaitlyn Schroeder (a)+172
T64Mao Saigo+172
T64Hinako Shibuno+172
T64Amy Yang+172
T64Bailey Tardy+172
T83Karis Davidson+273
T83Linnea Strom+273
T83Mina Harigae+273
T83Pauline Roussin+273
T83Celine Herbin+273
T83Ruoning Yin+273
T83Danielle Kang+273
T83Klara Davidson Spilkova+273
T83Yuna Nishimura+273
T83Pajaree Anannarukarn+273
T83Eila Galitsky (a)+273
T83Sarah Kemp+273
T83Elizabeth Szokol+273
T83So Yeon Ryu+273
T83Emma Talley+273
T98Minami Katsu+374
T98Carlota Ciganda+374
T98Stephanie Kyriacou+374
T98Saki Baba (a)+374
T98Alice Hewson+374
T98Min Lee+374
T98Emily Kristine Pedersen+374
T98Jaravee Boonchant+374
T98Chisato Iwai+374
T98Matilda Castren+374
T108Nanna Koerstz Madsen+475
T108Maja Stark+475
T108Sei Young Kim+475
T108Ana Pelaez Trivino+475
T108So Mi Lee+475
T108Lucy Li+475
T108Chiara Noja+475
T108Yu Liu+475
T108Carmen Alonso+475
T117Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)+576
T117Jasmine Suwannapura+576
T119Lindsey Weaver-Wright+677
T119Frida Kinhult+677
T119Charley Hull+677
T119Lauren Coughlin+677
T119Magdalena Simmermacher+677
T124Jeongeun Lee6+778
T124Perrine Delacour+778
T124Lily May Humphreys+778
T127Manon De Roey+879
T127Rachel Kuehn (a)+879
T129Lauren Hartlage+980
T129Meghan MacLaren+980
131Valentina Rossi (a)+1081
W/DSophia Schubert
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Amundi Evian Championship 2023

Date: July 27th - 30th 2023

Location: Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France

Purse: $6,500,000

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