Evian Championship R4

Jin Young Ko claims a two stroke victory

July 25-28
Evian Resort Golf Club, Évian-les-Bains, France
$4,100,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Jin Young Ko claimed a two stroke victory in the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club to take her second major of 2019, following 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.

Evian Championship R4 - Jin Young Ko claims a two stroke victory
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Ko is projected to return to the top of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings following her third win of the season.

The 24-year-old from Seoul said: “It’s a really great honour to get my second major win of the year. Really I can’t believe it.”

On returning to the World No.1 spot, she said: “Hopefully this time, I’ll get better and play better. I will always find motivation for my golf on the course.”

Ko entered the final round four strokes behind third-round leader Hyo Joo Kim. Ko steadily went out in a 33 and carded three birdies on the back nine, while Kim slipped back after a bogey on No. 12 and an unfortunate triple bogey on the par-3 14th. Ko came out victorious after shooting a 4-under 67 in the rain and a trio of players finished in a tie for second at -13: Kim, Jennifer Kupcho and Shanshan Feng.


“So I played really – not perfect, but a little bit perfect,” said the two-time major winner, laughing at herself. “And then I tried to be patient on the course. The weather was bad, raining, and then sometimes thunder, but I thought, ‘This is same condition as for the other players, so I will try make a birdie.’ Yeah, I had really great week.”


Jin Young Ko’s caddie pays tribute to her consistency

Moments after Jin Young Ko clinched her fifth career victory on the LPGA Tour at The Evian Championship on Sunday – making France the fourth different country in which she has emerged triumphant – her caddie Dave Brooker applauded her “phenomenal” consistency and distance control.

“She can win anywhere,” Brooker said while watching Ko pose for the champion’s photographs alongside her trophy. “The things that impress most about her are her consistency and her ball-striking, as she showed today. She literally didn’t miss a shot in 18 holes. Her management of distance control because she just does not curve the ball: it’s phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything like it. Most great players I’ve worked for tend to work the ball one way or the other. She just hits everything dead straight and it seems to pay dividends because we have a lot of looks at birdie. The one shot she missed today was on 12, she just pulled a little bit, didn’t strike it well enough and pulled it left of the green. It was the only green we missed today. She chipped up to six feet and just lipped out.”

Brooker is one of the most experienced caddies on the LPGA Tour and has now tasted five major championship victories during his career (two as caddie for Jin Young, two with Lorena Ochoa and one with Grace Park), but he was reluctant to make comparisons about who ranked as the best ball-striker.

“It’s very difficult to say because they all have different styles,” said Brooker. “Grace was very dynamic, along the same lines as Lorena. Lorena was just making eagles and making birdies at will and hitting shots that other people couldn’t. Whereas Jin Young is more in the Annika (Sorenstam) mould with consistency and accuracy. It’s very difficult to compare one to the other but she’s definitely up there with the greats.”



Crazy week for rookie Jennifer Kupcho

American Kupcho lit up the golf world earlier this year when she won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur and this week came just two strokes shy of adding a major professional victory to that amateur one. While standing over her putt on 18, Kupcho admitted to being more nervous than she was over her winning putt at Augusta. “I’d definitely say over that putt on 18 I was kind of freaking out. I had to take a couple deep breaths as I was lining it up, so…” she said with a laugh.

This was just her eighth start as a professional and the exciting young talent went for the final green in two and birdied the 18th to put pressure on Ko.

“As soon as I walked up to it there wasn’t a question in my mind that I was going to go for it,” said Kupcho of that decision to aim for the green in two, a new dilemma for the players after that hole was changed from a par 4 to a par 5 this year.

“It’s crazy. I definitely played really well this week, and it’s exciting to see that I can compete where my game is right now,” said Kupcho. “I’m excited for the rest of the season.”


Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Jin Young Ko
65 – 71 – 66 – 67
269
-15
$615,000
T2
Jennifer Kupcho
66 – 70 – 69 – 66
271
-13
$290,778
T2
Shanshan Feng
69 – 66 – 68 – 68
271
-13
$290,778
T2
Hyo Joo Kim
69 – 64 – 65 – 73
271
-13
$290,778
5
Ariya Jutanugarn
70 – 71 – 64 – 68
273
-11
$172,316
T6
Moriya Jutanugarn
68 – 72 – 66 – 68
274
-10
$129,498
T6
Sung Hyun Park
67 – 66 – 66 – 75
274
-10
$129,498
T8
Megan Khang
68 – 70 – 67 – 70
275
-9
$98,169
T8
Inbee Park
65 – 68 – 69 – 73
275
-9
$98,169
10
Carlota Ciganda
70 – 69 – 67 – 70
276
-8
$84,591
T11
In-Kyung Kim
74 – 66 – 68 – 69
277
-7
$75,712
T11
Ally McDonald
71 – 68 – 69 – 69
277
-7
$75,712
T13
Lizette Salas
74 – 67 – 69 – 68
278
-6
$64,469
T13
Mirim Lee
71 – 68 – 70 – 69
278
-6
$64,469
T13
Mi Jung Hur
68 – 71 – 67 – 72
278
-6
$64,469
16
Marina Alex
71 – 67 – 70 – 71
279
-5
$57,229
T17
Brooke M. Henderson
72 – 70 – 68 – 70
280
-4
$50,045
T17
Jessica Korda
70 – 70 – 70 – 70
280
-4
$50,045
T17
Sei Young Kim
68 – 68 – 70 – 74
280
-4
$50,045
T17
Caroline Hedwall
72 – 64 – 68 – 76
280
-4
$50,045
T17
Mi Hyang Lee
65 – 67 – 71 – 77
280
-4
$50,045
T22
Brittany Altomare
65 – 73 – 71 – 72
281
-3
$43,027
T22
Bronte Law
72 – 69 – 66 – 74
281
-3
$43,027
T22
Chella Choi
67 – 70 – 68 – 76
281
-3
$43,027
T25
Eun-Hee Ji
71 – 70 – 72 – 69
282
-2
$36,970
T25
Austin Ernst
67 – 74 – 72 – 69
282
-2
$36,970
T25
Nelly Korda
73 – 70 – 69 – 70
282
-2
$36,970
T25
So Yeon Ryu
72 – 71 – 67 – 72
282
-2
$36,970
T25
Pajaree Anannarukarn
68 – 68 – 72 – 74
282
-2
$36,970
T30
Hannah Green
72 – 72 – 69 – 70
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Yu Liu
70 – 73 – 70 – 70
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Katherine Kirk
70 – 71 – 72 – 70
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Jing Yan
70 – 70 – 71 – 72
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Charley Hull
68 – 70 – 72 – 73
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Annie Park
68 – 71 – 70 – 74
283
-1
$29,122
T30
Amy Olson
70 – 66 – 73 – 74
283
-1
$29,122
T37
Georgia Hall
69 – 73 – 73 – 69
284
E
$22,683
T37
Ashleigh Buhai
70 – 73 – 70 – 71
284
E
$22,683
T37
Wei-Ling Hsu
71 – 70 – 70 – 73
284
E
$22,683
T37
Xiyu Lin
69 – 73 – 68 – 74
284
E
$22,683
T37
Mel Reid
66 – 72 – 72 – 74
284
E
$22,683
T37
Yuka Yasuda (a)
70 – 70 – 69 – 75
284
E
$0
T37
Albane Valenzuela (a)
72 – 66 – 71 – 75
284
E
$0
T44
Su Oh
74 – 69 – 71 – 71
285
1
$18,506
T44
Yealimi Noh
71 – 72 – 70 – 72
285
1
$18,506
T44
Pavarisa Yoktuan
73 – 71 – 68 – 73
285
1
$18,506
T44
Amy Yang
71 – 69 – 72 – 73
285
1
$18,506
T44
Gerina Piller
74 – 67 – 70 – 74
285
1
$18,506
T49
In Gee Chun
73 – 71 – 72 – 70
286
2
$15,873
T49
Jeong Eun Lee
73 – 70 – 72 – 71
286
2
$15,873
T49
Hye-Jin Choi
73 – 70 – 70 – 73
286
2
$15,873
T52
Sakura Yokomine
71 – 73 – 72 – 71
287
3
$14,203
T52
Stacy Lewis
69 – 74 – 71 – 73
287
3
$14,203
T52
Anne van Dam
72 – 71 – 69 – 75
287
3
$14,203
T55
Alena Sharp
71 – 70 – 79 – 68
288
4
$12,323
T55
Ai Suzuki
74 – 70 – 73 – 71
288
4
$12,323
T55
Brittany Lang
72 – 70 – 74 – 72
288
4
$12,323
T55
Mariajo Uribe
71 – 73 – 70 – 74
288
4
$12,323
T55
Caroline Masson
73 – 70 – 70 – 75
288
4
$12,323
T55
Paula Creamer
64 – 76 – 73 – 75
288
4
$12,323
61
Gaby Lopez
71 – 72 – 73 – 73
289
5
$10,863
T62
Haeji Kang
71 – 73 – 75 – 72
291
7
$10,026
T62
Ryann O’Toole
72 – 71 – 76 – 72
291
7
$10,026
T62
Sarah Kemp
72 – 69 – 78 – 72
291
7
$10,026
T62
Celine Herbin
69 – 72 – 77 – 73
291
7
$10,026
T62
Nicole Broch Larsen
74 – 69 – 74 – 74
291
7
$10,026
T67
Celine Boutier
71 – 72 – 78 – 71
292
8
$9,294
T67
Shi Hyun Ahn
70 – 72 – 75 – 75
292
8
$9,294
69
Aditi Ashok
73 – 71 – 76 – 73
293
9
$8,983
T70
Tiffany Joh
71 – 72 – 76 – 75
294
10
$8,667
T70
Nuria Iturrioz
74 – 69 – 75 – 76
294
10
$8,667
72
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
72 – 72 – 81 – 72
297
13
$8,356
CUT
Lindy Duncan
72 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Jeongeun Lee6
72 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Anna Nordqvist
72 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
69 – 76
3
$0
CUT
Mina Harigae
78 – 68
4
$0
CUT
Mamiko Higa
76 – 70
4
$0
CUT
Esther Henseleit
75 – 71
4
$0
CUT
Minjee Lee
75 – 71
4
$0
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
73 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Daniela Darquea
72 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Cristie Kerr
78 – 69
5
$0
CUT
Azahara Munoz
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Morgan Pressel
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Sarah Schmelzel
75 – 72
5
$0
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
73 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Annabel Dimmock
72 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
69 – 78
5
$0
CUT
Maria Torres
77 – 71
6
$0
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
75 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
75 – 73
6
$0
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
74 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Linnea Strom
74 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Emma Talley
74 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Kristen Gillman
72 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Maria Fassi
70 – 78
6
$0
CUT
Angel Yin
70 – 78
6
$0
CUT
Lexi Thompson
77 – 72
7
$0
CUT
Daniela Iacobelli
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Jennifer Song
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Charlotte Thomas
75 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Tiffany Chan
74 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Danielle Kang
73 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Becky Morgan
73 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Jenny Shin
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Angela Stanford
76 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Ayako Uehara
81 – 70
9
$0
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
80 – 71
9
$0
CUT
Lydia Ko
78 – 73
9
$0
CUT
Sandra Gal
77 – 74
9
$0
CUT
Pornanong Phatlum
76 – 77
11
$0
CUT
Laura Davies
74 – 80
12
$0
CUT
Cindy Ha
79 – 76
13
$0
CUT
Diksha Dagar
77 – 78
13
$0
CUT
Dana Finkelstein
77 – 79
14
$0
CUT
Emily Toy (a)
82 – 75
15
$0
CUT
Julie McCarthy (a)
86 – 77
21
$0
CUT
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (a)
87 – 78
23
$0
WD
Jasmine Suwannapura
77
$0