Résumé Round 1 - Edition 2022
July 21, 2022 | R. Forgues
First round summary
Carding a brilliant first round of 63 (-8), Ayaka Furue (JPN) has established herself at the very top of the leaderboard. The finalist from the last Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play electrified the crowds with an impressive first round punctuated by nine birdies over the course of play. Arriving on the LPGA Tour this season, she demonstrated how at ease she was and mastered The Champions Course better than anyone. A course that has definitely been very successful for her since last year she finished 4th during her very first participation in Haute-Savoie. In 2021, her rounds fluctuated between 66 and 68…
Nelly Korda (USA) is finally in the game at Evian, after her long putts that dropped on 2 and 8 and her miraculous par on the 18th after a ball in the water, which she was able to play out of the obstacle. She played remarkably well and did not have to try too hard to finish her first round with a bogey-free 64 (-7). The American world n° 3 has never finished in the top 10 at Evian, although she has in all the other majors. Will this be the week? We’ll find out on Sunday evening!
Also starting from hole 10, Cheyenne Knight (USA) immediately set about demonstrating to her co-competitors that her 4th place last week at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational was no accident. The 2019 rookie on the LPGA Tour got her first round off to the perfect start with four birdies on the first five holes, concluding her front 9 four strokes under par. She then added three birdies to her card on the back 9 and finished her first round on 65 (-6), which puts her two shots behind the leader.
After a poor performance at the 2021 event (60th), the South Korean Jin-Young Ko (KOR) wanted revenge on her return to Haute-Savoie this year. This she has achieved, having taken no blows on the course, coming in at 66 (-5) without a bogey, putting her in provisional 5th place. On great form this season (see: Jin-Young Ko, world number 1) , the 2019 champion is still chasing her third major, she who has not won a Grand Slam since her first and only victory in Evian 3 years ago.
- The Jutanugarn sisters, Ariya and Moriya, who were playing together today, had a very different day. While Moriya shot a first round 70 (-1), Ariya experienced a complicated Thursday to card 77 (+6).
- As usual, Hyo-Joo Kim (KOR) tranquilly took her place in the top part of the leaderboard (T19) with a first-round 68 (-3), in keeping with her outstanding performances in Evian.
- The winner on the Ladies European Tour last Sunday, Anna Nordqvist (SWE) confirmed her excellent form and provisionally takes 8th place in the event (67 ; -4). As a reminder, she won the 2017 edition of The Evian Championship.