Ladies / Majors

Evian Championship 2018

September 13-16

Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France

Co-sanction LET/LPGA

$3,850,000

September 13-16

Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France

Co-sanction LET/LPGA

$3,850,000

Round 4

Angela Stanford wins first major in France

September 16, 2018

Angela Stanford of the United States claimed her first major title in 76 attempts after a dramatic finish to The Evian Championship in France.

Angela Stanford wins first major in France

- Ladies European Tour

With a final round of two-under-par 68, the 40-year-old from Saginaw, Texas, came from five strokes behind the overnight leader Amy Olson and set the clubhouse target at 12-under-par on a beautiful final day at the Evian Resort.

Thinking that she had lost the title, she returned to the locker room to contemplate her fate and watch the drama unfold.

It was all down to Olson, who had led or co-led since the second round and held a one-stroke lead standing on the 18th tee. However, disaster struck and the 26-year-old from North Dakota blew her chances when she nervously pulled her drive left into deep rough.

Facing a difficult Iie, she could only stab the ball out a few yards further towards the fairway with her second shot and she remained in the rough. After playing her third shot to the green, she needed to hole a difficult putt for par from 40 feet, up and over a ridge, to ensure the win.

Having left several birdie putts short throughout the final round, she over compensated by rushing her ball seven feet past the hole.

Then, after nervously watching her playing partners putt and needing to make her attempt to force a play-off, she missed, racking up a double bogey six and handing Stanford the major prize, worth $577,500 (495,460 euros).

Stanford’s emotions went from complete disappointment to elation in a matter of minutes. Moments earlier, she had sunk to her knees and placed her head in her hands after missing her birdie chance. Afterwards, the tears flowed with relief. Stanford’s first major win came in her 18th year and on her 436th start on the LPGA Tour.

“I’m so happy for everybody at home, everybody that’s cheered for me and never gave up on me. I mean, God is funny. He catches you off guard just when you think that maybe you’re done. It’s amazing,” said Stanford, the first American to win The Evian Championship since it became a major in 2013.

“I’m not thinking that Amy is going to do what she did. Nobody does. I thought I had lost at that point.

“For the longest time, I thought I was a major winner. I thought I was good enough. Not getting it, doubt starts creeping in, to say the least.

“The road hasn’t always been easy to get to this point, but it was cool today.”

Stanford started her final round with birdies on the second and fourth holes, but she dropped a shot at the short eighth. Her back nine was more interesting. She made another birdie on the 10th but then gained a brief share of the lead with a brilliant eagle on the long 15th, where she struck a perfect 7-wood up to within six feet of the hole. However, she immediately undid the good work with a double bogey five on the next hole. She recomposed herself on the 17th tee and made a birdie from 20 feet.

“I wanted to throw up on both tees, but, you know, I kind of told myself that I had to kind of be who I am. I do a lot of bad things; I make a lot of bad swings; I do a lot of stupid stuff, but I’m also a grinder and a fighter and I’m also never going to quit. At that moment I needed to be me,” she said.

“I remember someone telling me one time, ‘You have to put yourself in the position. Somebody has to be there. Just put yourself in the position and whatever happens, happens.’”

Unfortunately, it happened to Olson, who missed the fairway on 18.

“Obviously it’s really disappointing to finish like that, but I had a great week. I have so many positive things to take away from it,” she said. “This is my best finish I believe in a major, so that’s always a positive.”

Olson tied for second with fellow Americans Austin Ernst and Mo Martin, as well as Sei Young Kim from the Republic of Korea, with Ryann O’Toole and Jeong Eun Lee tied for sixth place.

England’s Georgia Hall, the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion, ended in a tie for 16th after carding a final-round of three-over 74, while her compatriot Charley Hull finished a shot further back in joint 22nd place.

Hall said: “Nothing really went right but it’s fine. It happens, it’s golf and I’m not too disappointed. I played well most of the week and I just couldn’t get anything going today, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Ariya Jutanugarn received the Rolex Annika Major Award

- Ladies European Tour

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, the US Women’s Open champion, wrapped up the Rolex Annika Major Award as the most consistent player across the five women’s majors in 2018.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Angela Stanford (USA)
-12
72
64
68
68
272
2
Mo Martin (USA)
-11
68
66
69
70
273
2
Austin Ernst (USA)
-11
66
70
69
68
273
2
Amy Olson (USA)
-11
69
65
65
74
273
2
Sei Young Kim (KOR)
-11
69
68
64
72
273
6
Ryann O Toole (USA)
-10
68
74
63
69
274
6
Jeong Eun6 Lee (KOR)
-10
72
66
67
69
274
8
Jessica Korda (USA)
-9
69
71
67
68
275
8
Inbee Park (KOR)
-9
68
69
67
71
275
10
Katherine Kirk (AUS)
-8
68
73
66
69
276
10
Lydia Ko (NZL)
-8
72
70
67
67
276
10
So Yeon Ryu (KOR)
-8
67
69
72
68
276
10
Mi Hyang Lee (KOR)
-8
68
66
73
69
276
10
Brooke Henderson (CAN)
-8
67
69
72
68
276
15
Wei Ling Hsu (TPE)
-7
69
67
69
72
277
16
Chella Choi (KOR)
-6
70
69
69
70
278
16
Jenny Shin (KOR)
-6
70
66
72
70
278
16
Minjee Lee (AUS)
-6
72
68
69
69
278
16
Georgia Hall (ENG)
-6
68
68
68
74
278
16
In Gee Chun (KOR)
-6
68
70
70
70
278
16
Nasa Hataoka (JPN)
-6
67
71
68
72
278
22
Charley Hull (ENG)
-5
72
67
70
70
279
22
Lindy Duncan (USA)
-5
72
67
71
69
279
24
Eun-Hee Ji (KOR)
-4
68
71
71
70
280
24
Megan Khang (USA)
-4
76
67
70
67
280
26
Pernilla Lindberg (SWE)
-3
72
70
69
70
281
26
Morgan Pressel (USA)
-3
70
68
71
72
281
26
Jane Park (USA)
-3
69
70
70
72
281
26
Lizette Salas (USA)
-3
75
70
71
65
281
26
Jin Young Ko (KOR)
-3
73
69
71
68
281
26
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (THA)
-3
73
69
71
68
281
26
Maria Torres (PRI)
-3
65
69
72
75
281
33
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-2
65
70
74
73
282
33
Caroline Masson (GER)
-2
68
70
71
73
282
33
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-2
71
70
69
72
282
36
Ariya Jutanugarn (THA)
-1
71
73
70
69
283
37
Jeong Eun Lee (KOR)
Par
70
74
69
71
284
37
Sandra Gal (GER)
Par
72
71
73
68
284
37
Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)
Par
73
68
71
72
284
37
Anne Van Dam (NED)
Par
72
70
68
74
284
37
Alena Sharp (CAN)
Par
73
68
72
71
284
37
Emma Talley (USA)
Par
70
72
70
72
284
43
Ally Mcdonald (USA)
1
68
76
69
72
285
44
Anna Nordqvist (SWE)
2
71
70
75
70
286
44
Shanshan Feng (CHN)
2
73
71
69
73
286
44
Moriya Jutanugarn (THA)
2
73
71
71
71
286
44
Brittany Altomare (USA)
2
73
70
69
74
286
44
Rachel Heck (USA) (a)
2
70
73
72
71
286
49
Brittany Lincicome (USA)
3
73
71
73
70
287
49
Amy Yang (KOR)
3
70
67
75
75
287
49
Jennifer Song (USA)
3
69
72
71
75
287
49
Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR)
3
71
73
69
74
287
49
Brittany Marchand (CAN)
3
74
71
74
68
287
54
Brittany Lang (USA)
4
71
71
75
71
288
54
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
4
77
68
68
75
288
54
Paula Creamer (USA)
4
74
71
69
74
288
54
Jaye Marie Green (USA)
4
72
73
75
68
288
58
Marina Alex (USA)
5
69
71
80
69
289
59
Mariajo Uribe (COL)
6
72
68
70
80
290
59
Bronte Law (ENG)
6
69
74
76
71
290
61
Pornanong Phatlum (THA)
7
76
66
74
75
291
61
Gaby Lopez (MEX)
7
69
75
77
70
291
61
Benyapa Niphatsophon (THA)
7
77
68
75
71
291
61
Nelly Korda (USA)
7
72
73
76
70
291
65
Daniela Holmqvist (SWE)
8
69
73
74
76
292
65
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
8
75
69
72
76
292
67
Christina Kim (USA)
9
77
68
73
75
293
67
Daniela Darquea (ECU)
9
73
72
74
74
293
69
Celine Boutier (FRA)
10
70
75
74
75
294
69
Angel Yin (USA)
10
76
68
74
76
294
71
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (THA)
13
76
69
78
74
297
72
Pei-Yun Chien (TPE)
15
76
69
74
80
299
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Angela Stanford (USA)
-12
272
2
Mo Martin (USA)
-11
273
2
Austin Ernst (USA)
-11
273
2
Amy Olson (USA)
-11
273
2
Sei Young Kim (KOR)
-11
273
6
Ryann O Toole (USA)
-10
274
6
Jeong Eun6 Lee (KOR)
-10
274
8
Jessica Korda (USA)
-9
275
8
Inbee Park (KOR)
-9
275
10
Katherine Kirk (AUS)
-8
276
10
Lydia Ko (NZL)
-8
276
10
So Yeon Ryu (KOR)
-8
276
10
Mi Hyang Lee (KOR)
-8
276
10
Brooke Henderson (CAN)
-8
276
15
Wei Ling Hsu (TPE)
-7
277
16
Chella Choi (KOR)
-6
278
16
Jenny Shin (KOR)
-6
278
16
Minjee Lee (AUS)
-6
278
16
Georgia Hall (ENG)
-6
278
16
In Gee Chun (KOR)
-6
278
16
Nasa Hataoka (JPN)
-6
278
22
Charley Hull (ENG)
-5
279
22
Lindy Duncan (USA)
-5
279
24
Eun-Hee Ji (KOR)
-4
280
24
Megan Khang (USA)
-4
280
26
Pernilla Lindberg (SWE)
-3
281
26
Morgan Pressel (USA)
-3
281
26
Jane Park (USA)
-3
281
26
Lizette Salas (USA)
-3
281
26
Jin Young Ko (KOR)
-3
281
26
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras (THA)
-3
281
26
Maria Torres (PRI)
-3
281
33
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-2
282
33
Caroline Masson (GER)
-2
282
33
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-2
282
36
Ariya Jutanugarn (THA)
-1
283
37
Jeong Eun Lee (KOR)
Par
284
37
Sandra Gal (GER)
Par
284
37
Thidapa Suwannapura (THA)
Par
284
37
Anne Van Dam (NED)
Par
284
37
Alena Sharp (CAN)
Par
284
37
Emma Talley (USA)
Par
284
43
Ally Mcdonald (USA)
1
285
44
Anna Nordqvist (SWE)
2
286
44
Shanshan Feng (CHN)
2
286
44
Moriya Jutanugarn (THA)
2
286
44
Brittany Altomare (USA)
2
286
44
Rachel Heck (USA) (a)
2
286
49
Brittany Lincicome (USA)
3
287
49
Amy Yang (KOR)
3
287
49
Jennifer Song (USA)
3
287
49
Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR)
3
287
49
Brittany Marchand (CAN)
3
287
54
Brittany Lang (USA)
4
288
54
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
4
288
54
Paula Creamer (USA)
4
288
54
Jaye Marie Green (USA)
4
288
58
Marina Alex (USA)
5
289
59
Mariajo Uribe (COL)
6
290
59
Bronte Law (ENG)
6
290
61
Pornanong Phatlum (THA)
7
291
61
Gaby Lopez (MEX)
7
291
61
Benyapa Niphatsophon (THA)
7
291
61
Nelly Korda (USA)
7
291
65
Daniela Holmqvist (SWE)
8
292
65
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
8
292
67
Christina Kim (USA)
9
293
67
Daniela Darquea (ECU)
9
293
69
Celine Boutier (FRA)
10
294
69
Angel Yin (USA)
10
294
71
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (THA)
13
297
72
Pei-Yun Chien (TPE)
15
299