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Taking advantage of an earlier start time to get ahead of bad weather, Mi Hyang Lee surged to a 4-under 67 to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Evian Championship. The 37th-ranked Lee was at even through 15 holes on the day before a birdie-birdie-eagle finish in the best of still conditions. Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, seven-time major winner Inbee Park and Hyo Joo Kim were one shot back. First-round leader Paula Creamer got the worst of the weather and shot 76.
Paula Creamer shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 in the first round of the Evian Championship. Creamer won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open by four strokes the last time she topped a major leaderboard. Creamer says “It’s been several years where I felt like just all-in-all good in my shoes.”
Chasing a first major title for herself, and a first for American women this season, Amy Olson fired a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the Evian Championship third round on Saturday.
Maria Torres is aiming to stylishly cap a rookie season that Hurricane Maria almost denied her. Torres shared the first-round lead on 6 under at the final women’s golf major. The first Puerto Rican player to get an LPGA Tour card fired a 65 that tied her atop the Evian Championship leaderboard with Carlota Ciganda of Spain.
Defying driving rain and hail in a playoff, Anna Nordqvist beat unheralded American Brittany Altomare at the first extra hole to win the Evian Championship on Sunday.
Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot 3-under 68 to lead the Evian Championship second round on Saturday, and could join her younger sister Ariya in golf’s record book.
Rain and strong winds have forced the final women’s golf major of the season to be suspended with plans to re-start on Friday as a 54-hole event. LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan says the little play achieved at the Evian Championship will be scrapped.
Michelle Wie has withdrawn from The Evian Championship as she recovers from surgery to remove her appendix. The 27-year-old Wie withdrew from the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open before the final round Aug. 27 and had the surgery that night at Ottawa Hospital. The Evian Championship, the final major of the LPGA Tour season, begins Sept. 14 in France.