Evian Championship R1

Former champion Paula Creamer takes opening lead

July 25-28
Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France
$4,100,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Paula Creamer, the 2005 Evian Masters champion, opened the first round of the Evian Championship with a seven-under-par 64 at the Evian Resort Golf Club on Thursday, where 14 years ago, she won as a teenager.

Evian Championship R1 - Former champion Paula Creamer takes opening lead
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The 32-year-old Californian last topped a leader board in a major when she won the 2010 US Women’s Open and she hasn’t won for five years, since the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions, but made seven birdies in a bogey-free round to end a scorching day a stroke ahead of South Korean trio Jin Young Ko, Inbee Park, Mi Hyang Lee and fellow American Brittany Altomare. England’s Mel Reid is also in the mix in a tie for sixth with the Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, Jennifer Kupcho, two shots back on five-under-par.

Creamer, who played in black in temperatures of 35C, said: “I played well. When I got into trouble I managed to get the ball back in and get up and down with my wedge or get up and down, but gave myself a lot of looks for birdie and just was pretty consistent overall.

“I’ve been kind of changing my putting a lot the last several months. I got that putter in Kingsmill and literally walked over to the bag and picked it out of it. Then I would say Arkansas was really when I went to more of a split stance, my left foot behind. I’ve started AimPoint as well.”


After a long stretch of injury and personal struggles, it looks like Creamer’s year is finally turning around. Coming in fresh off three consecutive top-20 finishes, the first time she notched that streak since early 2014, she feels more confident and is looking to qualify for her eighth Solheim Cup appearance in September, under third-time captain Juli Inkster.

“I feel really just in control. I’m going to hit some shots that aren’t going to be perfect, but most the time I know where they come from. I haven’t honestly filmed my golf swing image in probably three months. We’re just really working. We have three or four key things that I work on every day. I think we’ve got a really good system going on now with my team. I’m confident and playing good golf. When you’re in control, you kind of feel better about going into tournaments with tighter pins, things like that. I mean, coming here obviously puts a big smile on my face thinking I was 19 years old when I won here, which was kind of unheard of at the time.

“It’s an awesome place and I’m so glad we’re here this time of year; it just really shows off the golf course better. It’s just so pretty, and hopefully the weather does not rain on us, but we’ll see what Mother Nature has for us.”

Dark and threatening clouds moved in later in the day, bringing wind for the later finishers – such as Lee – and a spot of rain at around 8pm.

With thunderstorms and potentially heavy rain forecasted for ‪Saturday afternoon and evening, tee times have been moved up for the second round by 30 minutes. The first tee time of the day will be ‪7 a.m. Tournament officials want to take every precaution possible to ‪finish the second round before the end of the day.

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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Paula Creamer
-7
64
T2
Mi Hyang Lee
-6
65
T2
Brittany Altomare
-6
65
T2
Inbee Park
-6
65
T2
Jin Young Ko
-6
65
T6
Mel Reid
-5
66
T6
Jennifer Kupcho
-5
66
T8
Austin Ernst
-4
67
T8
Sung Hyun Park
-4
67
T8
Chella Choi
-4
67
T11
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-3
68
T11
Mi Jung Hur
-3
68
T11
Megan Khang
-3
68
T11
Sei Young Kim
-3
68
T11
Charley Hull
-3
68
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
68
T11
Annie Park
-3
68
T18
Shanshan Feng
-2
69
T18
Georgia Hall
-2
69
T18
Meghan MacLaren
-2
69
T18
Xiyu Lin
-2
69
T18
Mariah Stackhouse
-2
69
T18
Stacy Lewis
-2
69
T18
Hyo Joo Kim
-2
69
T18
Celine Herbin
-2
69
T26
Jing Yan
-1
70
T26
Katherine Kirk
-1
70
T26
Jessica Korda
-1
70
T26
Amy Olson
-1
70
T26
Yu Liu
-1
70
T26
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
70
T26
Maria Fassi
-1
70
T26
Angel Yin
-1
70
T26
Carlota Ciganda
-1
70
T26
Yuka Yasuda (a)
-1
70
T26
Shi Hyun Ahn
-1
70
T26
Ashleigh Buhai
-1
70
T38
Alena Sharp
E
71
T38
Ally McDonald
E
71
T38
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
71
T38
Celine Boutier
E
71
T38
Amy Yang
E
71
T38
Marina Alex
E
71
T38
Yealimi Noh
E
71
T38
Mirim Lee
E
71
T38
Tiffany Joh
E
71
T38
Haeji Kang
E
71
T38
Mariajo Uribe
E
71
T38
Sakura Yokomine
E
71
T38
Eun-Hee Ji
E
71
T38
Gaby Lopez
E
71
T52
Sarah Kemp
1
72
T52
Kristen Gillman
1
72
T52
Bronte Law
1
72
T52
Lindy Duncan
1
72
T52
Albane Valenzuela (a)
1
72
T52
So Yeon Ryu
1
72
T52
Brooke M. Henderson
1
72
T52
Anna Nordqvist
1
72
T52
Annabel Dimmock
1
72
T52
Ryann O’Toole
1
72
T52
Hannah Green
1
72
T52
Jeongeun Lee6
1
72
T52
Anne van Dam
1
72
T52
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
1
72
T52
Brittany Lang
1
72
T52
Daniela Darquea
1
72
T52
Caroline Hedwall
1
72
T69
Becky Morgan
2
73
T69
Pernilla Lindberg
2
73
T69
In Gee Chun
2
73
T69
Jeong Eun Lee
2
73
T69
Caroline Masson
2
73
T69
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
73
T69
Aditi Ashok
2
73
T69
Danielle Kang
2
73
T69
Nelly Korda
2
73
T69
Hye-Jin Choi
2
73
T69
Nasa Hataoka
2
73
T80
Emma Talley
3
74
T80
Su Oh
3
74
T80
Laura Davies
3
74
T80
Nuria Iturrioz
3
74
T80
Gerina Piller
3
74
T80
Marianne Skarpnord
3
74
T80
Nicole Broch Larsen
3
74
T80
Linnea Strom
3
74
T80
In-Kyung Kim
3
74
T80
Lizette Salas
3
74
T80
Ai Suzuki
3
74
T80
Tiffany Chan
3
74
T92
Madelene Sagstrom
4
75
T92
Morgan Pressel
4
75
T92
Minjee Lee
4
75
T92
Esther Henseleit
4
75
T92
Azahara Munoz
4
75
T92
Jennifer Song
4
75
T92
Sarah Schmelzel
4
75
T92
Daniela Iacobelli
4
75
T92
Charlotte Thomas
4
75
T92
Jaye Marie Green
4
75
T102
Angela Stanford
5
76
T102
Jenny Shin
5
76
T102
Pornanong Phatlum
5
76
T102
Mamiko Higa
5
76
T106
Dana Finkelstein
6
77
T106
Lexi Thompson
6
77
T106
Maria Torres
6
77
T106
Sandra Gal
6
77
T106
Jasmine Suwannapura
6
77
T106
Diksha Dagar
6
77
T112
Mina Harigae
7
78
T112
Lydia Ko
7
78
T112
Cristie Kerr
7
78
115
Cindy Ha
8
79
116
Lauren Stephenson
9
80
117
Ayako Uehara
10
81
118
Emily Toy (a)
11
82
119
Julie McCarthy (a)
15
86
120
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a)
16
87