5 players to watch during the Amundi Evian Championship 2022 | Golf News and Tour Information
The LPGA Tour is in France, where players begin a swing across the European continent with the fourth major women’s tournament of the year, the Amundi Evian Championship. The top five players in the world are in the field of 132 women, including 14 of the 15 players who have won on the LPGA in 2022. They will play for the $6.5 million purse. In 2021, the tournament ended in a playoff after Minjee Lee rebounded, birdying on four of his last five holes. On the first extra hole, Lee birdied another to beat Jeonguen Lee6 and claim his first major title after starting the day seven shots off the lead.
Here are five players we will be watching at the start of the game at the Evian Resort Golf Club.
Lee is the defending champion, having started a major journey in France last summer that extended through 2022 with a victory at the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles and a T-2 at the KPMG Women’s PGA in Congressional. Outside of majors, the 26-year-old Australian added a win and two more top-three finishes to her accomplishments in 2022. Considering her results, it’s no surprise she’s worked her way up and that she is now world number 2. She is comfortable at the Evian Resort Golf Club and she likes the majors, because she likes the pressure. She might not need a playoff to get there this year.
The 25-year-old from Colorado has already won three times in 2022, making her the winningest player on the LPGA Tour this season. One of those wins was a major one: the Chevron Championship. If she won in France, it would be the first time an American has won two majors in one season since 1999, when Juli Inkster won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the US Women’s Open.
The current world No. 1 won the first event she contested in 2022, but hasn’t won since. Her best finish at a major tournament was fourth at the US Women’s Open, and she remains in the top five on the tour in strokes gained/total on En route to Evian, where the 27-year-old Ko won in 2019, he looks like it’s time for the 2021 Player of the Year to win again.
The 19-year-old Thai rookie picked up a win this year and has been close on several other occasions. She quietly finished two strokes behind In Gee Chun at the KPMG Women’s PGA in June, her best career showing at a major tournament. His second best result was in 2021 at the Evian. She was four behind Lee, shooting three shots in the 60s. Entering this year with more experience, she could be ready for her first major victory.