Evian Championship R2

Mi Hyang Lee takes halfway lead

July 25-28
Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France
$4,100,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Mi Hyang Lee carded a second round of four-under-par 67 to take the halfway lead on 10-under-par at the Evian Championship, ahead of fellow South Koreans Sung Hyun Park, Inbee Park and Hyo Joo Kim.

Evian Championship R2 - Mi Hyang Lee takes halfway lead
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Lee, the 2017 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open champion, had four birdies, a double bogey at the ninth and an eagle at the 18th just before play was suspended at 4.40pm due to electrical storms in the area.

The early starters played their rounds in blazing sunshine, but conditions turned a complete 180 late in the afternoon, with temperatures dropping from 32C to 19C, dark clouds and strong winds gusting across the Evian Resort Golf Course.

Inbee Park, the former world No1 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, stood firm and finished with three birdies in her last four holes, while Kim, the 2014 champion, birdied 15 and eagled 18. However, overnight leader Paula Creamer, who was nine-under-par and two-under for the day after making a monster birdie putt on the 12th when the claxon was sounded, was blown sideways by the break.


She returned to face her six-foot putt for birdie on 13 only to pull it left of the hole and proceeded to drop seven shots in five holes, including a triple bogey on the 16th, slipping back to two-under-par.

“Unfortunately, this time, it got me,” said Creamer. “I’d been playing really well and it’s unfortunate but today’s Friday and I’ll try to turn it around. I’ll get a good night’s sleep and obviously it’s not going to be the best of weather so I’ll try to get a good feeling going into the weekend. Unfortunately that’s golf and mine happened right here, after a delay. I’m going to try to erase what just happened and get back into the mentality I had before this.

“I was playing great, had some chances, I made that long one, then it bounced out a little bit and then unfortunately the delay happened. Before I hit the ball really well, so I’ll try mentally to get back to that stage.”

Kim, the course record holder, who shot a 61 on her way to winning the championship in 2014, returned after the delay to play a bunker shot on the 14th and felt that it helped her to stay focused and card a three-under-par 70.

She said, via translation: “Overall, I’m really happy about my score. I really thought about how to get myself a par save. The wind picked up a lot after we came back out to play. I really thought about how I wanted to get my shot on the green. It all worked out. Overall the past few days I really just tried my best. We don’t know if the weather is going to be good or bad. I just want to stay focused on my goal: just keep on the greens and hope that my putting stroke keeps doing well there. Just keep focusing on my goals.”

Park’s scores improved after the delay and she carded a three-under 68. “At the beginning of the round it just didn’t look like it was going my way: missed putts and nothing really wanted to drop. At the end I finished really nicely, three birdies in the last four holes, so I’m really happy with the finish. Hopefully I can keep this going.”

“I’m actually looking forward to a little bit cooler weather, because this has been just really hot. I lost my concentration there a little bit in the beginning because of the heat.

“I played maybe four and a half holes in the wind. I think we were definitely on the wrong side of the draw. It was really tough out there, but I was able to play really good on those holes. It wasn’t easy for sure, but I was able to finish nicely. Hopefully this wind dies down and make it a little bit easier.”

China’s Shanshan Feng is in fifth on seven-under-par, with Caroline Hedwall part of a group tied for sixth place.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Mi Hyang Lee
-10
65
67
132
T2
Hyo Joo Kim
-9
69
64
133
T2
Sung Hyun Park
-9
67
66
133
T2
Inbee Park
-9
65
68
133
5
Shanshan Feng
-7
69
66
135
T6
Caroline Hedwall
-6
72
64
136
T6
Amy Olson
-6
70
66
136
T6
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-6
68
68
136
T6
Sei Young Kim
-6
68
68
136
T6
Jennifer Kupcho
-6
66
70
136
T6
Jin Young Ko
-6
65
71
136
12
Chella Choi
-5
67
70
137
T13
Albane Valenzuela (a)
-4
72
66
138
T13
Marina Alex
-4
71
67
138
T13
Megan Khang
-4
68
70
138
T13
Charley Hull
-4
68
70
138
T13
Mel Reid
-4
66
72
138
T13
Brittany Altomare
-4
65
73
138
T19
Ally McDonald
-3
71
68
139
T19
Mirim Lee
-3
71
68
139
T19
Carlota Ciganda
-3
70
69
139
T19
Annie Park
-3
68
71
139
T19
Mi Jung Hur
-3
68
71
139
T24
In-Kyung Kim
-2
74
66
140
T24
Amy Yang
-2
71
69
140
T24
Yuka Yasuda (a)
-2
70
70
140
T24
Jing Yan
-2
70
70
140
T24
Jessica Korda
-2
70
70
140
T24
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
68
72
140
T24
Paula Creamer
-2
64
76
140
T31
Lizette Salas
-1
74
67
141
T31
Gerina Piller
-1
74
67
141
T31
Sarah Kemp
-1
72
69
141
T31
Bronte Law
-1
72
69
141
T31
Eun-Hee Ji
-1
71
70
141
T31
Alena Sharp
-1
71
70
141
T31
Wei-Ling Hsu
-1
71
70
141
T31
Katherine Kirk
-1
70
71
141
T31
Ariya Jutanugarn
-1
70
71
141
T31
Celine Herbin
-1
69
72
141
T31
Austin Ernst
-1
67
74
141
T42
Brittany Lang
E
72
70
142
T42
Brooke M. Henderson
E
72
70
142
T42
Shi Hyun Ahn
E
70
72
142
T42
Xiyu Lin
E
69
73
142
T42
Georgia Hall
E
69
73
142
T47
Nicole Broch Larsen
1
74
69
143
T47
Su Oh
1
74
69
143
T47
Nuria Iturrioz
1
74
69
143
T47
Nelly Korda
1
73
70
143
T47
Hye-Jin Choi
1
73
70
143
T47
Jeong Eun Lee
1
73
70
143
T47
Caroline Masson
1
73
70
143
T47
Ryann O’Toole
1
72
71
143
T47
Anne van Dam
1
72
71
143
T47
So Yeon Ryu
1
72
71
143
T47
Gaby Lopez
1
71
72
143
T47
Celine Boutier
1
71
72
143
T47
Yealimi Noh
1
71
72
143
T47
Tiffany Joh
1
71
72
143
T47
Ashleigh Buhai
1
70
73
143
T47
Yu Liu
1
70
73
143
T47
Stacy Lewis
1
69
74
143
T64
Ai Suzuki
2
74
70
144
T64
Pavarisa Yoktuan
2
73
71
144
T64
Aditi Ashok
2
73
71
144
T64
In Gee Chun
2
73
71
144
T64
Hannah Green
2
72
72
144
T64
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
72
72
144
T64
Haeji Kang
2
71
73
144
T64
Mariajo Uribe
2
71
73
144
T64
Sakura Yokomine
2
71
73
144
T73
Jeongeun Lee6
3
72
73
145
T73
Lindy Duncan
3
72
73
145
T73
Anna Nordqvist
3
72
73
145
T73
Mariah Stackhouse
3
69
76
145
T77
Mina Harigae
4
78
68
146
T77
Mamiko Higa
4
76
70
146
T77
Minjee Lee
4
75
71
146
T77
Esther Henseleit
4
75
71
146
T77
Pernilla Lindberg
4
73
73
146
T77
Daniela Darquea
4
72
74
146
T83
Cristie Kerr
5
78
69
147
T83
Sarah Schmelzel
5
75
72
147
T83
Morgan Pressel
5
75
72
147
T83
Azahara Munoz
5
75
72
147
T83
Nasa Hataoka
5
73
74
147
T83
Annabel Dimmock
5
72
75
147
T83
Meghan MacLaren
5
69
78
147
T90
Maria Torres
6
77
71
148
T90
Jaye Marie Green
6
75
73
148
T90
Madelene Sagstrom
6
75
73
148
T90
Linnea Strom
6
74
74
148
T90
Emma Talley
6
74
74
148
T90
Marianne Skarpnord
6
74
74
148
T90
Kristen Gillman
6
72
76
148
T90
Maria Fassi
6
70
78
148
T90
Angel Yin
6
70
78
148
T99
Lexi Thompson
7
77
72
149
T99
Daniela Iacobelli
7
75
74
149
T99
Charlotte Thomas
7
75
74
149
T99
Jennifer Song
7
75
74
149
T99
Tiffany Chan
7
74
75
149
T99
Danielle Kang
7
73
76
149
T99
Becky Morgan
7
73
76
149
T106
Angela Stanford
8
76
74
150
T106
Jenny Shin
8
76
74
150
T108
Ayako Uehara
9
81
70
151
T108
Lauren Stephenson
9
80
71
151
T108
Lydia Ko
9
78
73
151
T108
Sandra Gal
9
77
74
151
112
Pornanong Phatlum
11
76
77
153
113
Laura Davies
12
74
80
154
T114
Cindy Ha
13
79
76
155
T114
Diksha Dagar
13
77
78
155
116
Dana Finkelstein
14
77
79
156
117
Emily Toy (a)
15
82
75
157
118
Julie McCarthy (a)
21
86
77
163
119
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a)
23
87
78
165
WD
Jasmine Suwannapura
77