Evian Championship R3

Hyo-Joo Kim takes last minute lead

July 25-28
Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France
$4,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


The 2014 champion Hyo-Joo Kim lined up a five metre birdie putt on the last and tapped in for a par in torrential rain to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Evian Championship, just in the nick of time before a thunderstorm moved in.

Evian Championship R3 - Hyo-Joo Kim takes last minute lead
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World No.18 Kim, who holds the course record following her first-round 61 in the 2014 event, completed a third-round of 65 to jump to the top of the leader board on 15-under-par, ahead of world No.1 Sung Hyun Park.

It’s a true battle of major champions at the 2019 Evian Championship, with Sunday’s final two groups holding a combined 12 major championship titles between them. Jin Young Ko and Inbee Park are tied for third on 11-under-par, while Shanshan Feng and Mi Hyang Lee, the lone player in the top six without a major title, are a shot back in equal fifth.

“I definitely have good memories of this tournament because of my win,” said Kim, who birdied four of her closing six holes to take the lead. “Today was really fun to play with Sung Hyun and Mi Hyang, players that I have known for really, really long time. I think that helped to be comfortable. We were sharing food and just talking together.”


The third to last group will contain Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (68), who sits alone in seventh place on nine-under-par, Ariya Jutanugarn, who shot the round of the day with a 7-under 64, and American Megan Khang, both at eight-under, alongside Chella Choi and Moriya Jutanugarn.

Kim has the opportunity to become the first multiple winner of the Evian Championship since it became a global major in 2013. She could barely recall the winning feeling of five years ago, when she won as a member of the KLPGA.

“When I won in 2014, I was a little bit nervous. It seems like this year I’m in the same position,” said Kim. “Obviously winning is on my mind a lot, but I’ve won before, and so that will help my confidence for tomorrow. I just need to be focused, and it would be really nice if I played well tomorrow.”

Only seven players have won the Career Grand Slam, which is victories in four different majors, and only two other players have three different major titles. Sung Hyun Park has already won the U.S. Women’s Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and should she emerge victorious on Sunday at the Evian Championship, she would come one step closer to joining that elite group of dominating players.

“I’m satisfied with the way I played the first three rounds. I think that my putts are getting better,” said Park, who finished her third-round 66 moments before torrential rains hit Evian Resort Golf Club. “Of the three days, I think today was the best day with my shots.”

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Park and Kim swapped the lead throughout Saturday’s third round, with Park ultimately ending the day one stroke behind her Korean compatriot. She is no stranger to come-from-behind major wins. Park was four strokes back heading into the final round during her KPMG victory, and notched her U.S. Women’s Open win off a three-stroke deficit.

So how does the No. 1 player prep for what is sure to be a difficult major battle? It’s simple. “I don’t really do anything. I just lie on my bed and read comics,” she said with a smile.

Jin Young Ko would take her second major of 2019, joining the ANA Inspiration; the last time a player won multiple majors in one season was 2015, when Inbee Park won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the AIG Women’s British Open.

Inbee Park would become the first player to win both the Evian Masters and the Evian Championship; she won the Evian Masters in 2012, the last year before it became a major.

Caroline Hedwall, a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, is looking for her first major championship title. She shot 62 in the final round to win the 2018 Lacoste Ladies Open de France and will be looking for the same again to challenge for the trophy.


“That’s probably what I’m going to need to do, but the thing is I feel like I’m just going to try to enjoy it out there, and then whatever happens, happens. I’m having a good time and that’s the main thing. I haven’t played this well for a long time, so I’m just going to try to enjoy that and not stress it too much.”

Hedwall made an excellent start to her third round with three consecutive birdies, but made a good bogey save at the fourth after hitting a brilliant recovery shot back to the fairway from deep vegetation right off the tee.

She kept the momentum going by holing an enormous left to right breaking putt for bogey on 13, then birdied 15 and 16 which kept her within six strokes of the lead.

“I was hitting my irons close and got three birdies in a row, so that was a nice start. I felt like I was playing alright. On the back nine I just had a couple of longer clubs coming in, so it was playing tougher. I enjoyed playing. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully I can just put a good number on there tomorrow.”

Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings projections

Two players have a mathematical chance to overtake Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Sung Hyun Park based on their finish at The Evian Championship. NOTE: There may be additional possibilities with tie scenarios and separate projection scenarios would need to be run to check.
• Rolex Rankings No. 2 Jin Young Ko ◦Win and have Sung Hyun Park finish solo third or worse
• Solo second and have Sung Hyun Park finish solo 44th or worse and Inbee Park does not win
• Rolex Rankings No. 7 Inbee Park ◦Must win and have Sung Hyun Park finish solo fifth or worse


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Hyo Joo Kim
-15
69
64
65
198
2
Sung Hyun Park
-14
67
66
66
199
T3
Jin Young Ko
-11
65
71
66
202
T3
Inbee Park
-11
65
68
69
202
T5
Shanshan Feng
-10
69
66
68
203
T5
Mi Hyang Lee
-10
65
67
71
203
7
Caroline Hedwall
-9
72
64
68
204
T8
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
70
71
64
205
T8
Megan Khang
-8
68
70
67
205
T8
Chella Choi
-8
67
70
68
205
T8
Jennifer Kupcho
-8
66
70
69
205
T12
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
68
72
66
206
T12
Carlota Ciganda
-7
70
69
67
206
T12
Mi Jung Hur
-7
68
71
67
206
T12
Sei Young Kim
-7
68
68
70
206
16
Bronte Law
-6
72
69
66
207
T17
In-Kyung Kim
-5
74
66
68
208
T17
Ally McDonald
-5
71
68
69
208
T17
Marina Alex
-5
71
67
70
208
T17
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-5
68
68
72
208
T21
Yuka Yasuda (a)
-4
70
70
69
209
T21
Mirim Lee
-4
71
68
70
209
T21
Annie Park
-4
68
71
70
209
T21
Albane Valenzuela (a)
-4
72
66
71
209
T21
Brittany Altomare
-4
65
73
71
209
T21
Amy Olson
-4
70
66
73
209
T27
So Yeon Ryu
-3
72
71
67
210
T27
Brooke M. Henderson
-3
72
70
68
210
T27
Xiyu Lin
-3
69
73
68
210
T27
Lizette Salas
-3
74
67
69
210
T27
Jessica Korda
-3
70
70
70
210
T27
Charley Hull
-3
68
70
72
210
T27
Mel Reid
-3
66
72
72
210
T34
Gerina Piller
-2
74
67
70
211
T34
Wei-Ling Hsu
-2
71
70
70
211
T34
Jing Yan
-2
70
70
71
211
T37
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-1
73
71
68
212
T37
Nelly Korda
-1
73
70
69
212
T37
Anne van Dam
-1
72
71
69
212
T37
Amy Yang
-1
71
69
72
212
T41
Hannah Green
E
72
72
69
213
T41
Caroline Masson
E
73
70
70
213
T41
Hye-Jin Choi
E
73
70
70
213
T41
Yealimi Noh
E
71
72
70
213
T41
Ashleigh Buhai
E
70
73
70
213
T41
Yu Liu
E
70
73
70
213
T41
Eun-Hee Ji
E
71
70
72
213
T41
Katherine Kirk
E
70
71
72
213
T41
Austin Ernst
E
67
74
72
213
T41
Paula Creamer
E
64
76
73
213
T51
Mariajo Uribe
1
71
73
70
214
T51
Su Oh
1
74
69
71
214
T51
Stacy Lewis
1
69
74
71
214
T54
Jeong Eun Lee
2
73
70
72
215
T54
Georgia Hall
2
69
73
73
215
T56
In Gee Chun
3
73
71
72
216
T56
Sakura Yokomine
3
71
73
72
216
T56
Gaby Lopez
3
71
72
73
216
T56
Brittany Lang
3
72
70
74
216
T60
Ai Suzuki
4
74
70
73
217
T60
Nicole Broch Larsen
4
74
69
74
217
T60
Shi Hyun Ahn
4
70
72
75
217
T63
Nuria Iturrioz
5
74
69
75
218
T63
Celine Herbin
5
69
72
77
218
T65
Haeji Kang
6
71
73
75
219
T65
Ryann O’Toole
6
72
71
76
219
T65
Tiffany Joh
6
71
72
76
219
T65
Sarah Kemp
6
72
69
78
219
T69
Aditi Ashok
7
73
71
76
220
T69
Alena Sharp
7
71
70
79
220
71
Celine Boutier
8
71
72
78
221
72
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
12
72
72
81
225
CUT
Lindy Duncan
3
72
73
CUT
Jeongeun Lee6
3
72
73
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
3
72
73
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
3
69
76
CUT
Mina Harigae
4
78
68
CUT
Mamiko Higa
4
76
70
CUT
Esther Henseleit
4
75
71
CUT
Minjee Lee
4
75
71
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
4
73
73
CUT
Daniela Darquea
4
72
74
CUT
Cristie Kerr
5
78
69
CUT
Azahara Munoz
5
75
72
CUT
Morgan Pressel
5
75
72
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
5
75
72
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
5
73
74
CUT
Annabel Dimmock
5
72
75
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
5
69
78
CUT
Maria Torres
6
77
71
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
6
75
73
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
6
75
73
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
6
74
74
CUT
Linnea Strom
6
74
74
CUT
Emma Talley
6
74
74
CUT
Kristen Gillman
6
72
76
CUT
Maria Fassi
6
70
78
CUT
Angel Yin
6
70
78
CUT
Lexi Thompson
7
77
72
CUT
Daniela Iacobelli
7
75
74
CUT
Jennifer Song
7
75
74
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
7
75
74
CUT
Tiffany Chan
7
74
75
CUT
Danielle Kang
7
73
76
CUT
Becky Morgan
7
73
76
CUT
Jenny Shin
8
76
74
CUT
Angela Stanford
8
76
74
CUT
Ayako Uehara
9
81
70
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
9
80
71
CUT
Lydia Ko
9
78
73
CUT
Sandra Gal
9
77
74
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
11
76
77
CUT
Laura Davies
12
74
80
CUT
Cindy Ha
13
79
76
CUT
Diksha Dagar
13
77
78
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
14
77
79
CUT
Emily Toy (a)
15
82
75
CUT
Julie McCarthy (a)
21
86
77
CUT
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a)
23
87
78
WD
Jasmine Suwannapura
77