This year’s Evian Masters will run from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th July 2012. The world's largest tournament, alongside the US Open, with prize money of 3,250,000 US dollars, the Evian Masters is co-sanctioned by the American LPGA tour and the European LET tour, attended by 111 of the world’s best golfers.
Alongside the world number 1 Yani Tseng (Taiwan) and defending champion Ai Miyazato (Japan), the Evian Masters Board is allocating 10 Wild Cards this year. As ever, their choices reflect sporting criteria, their global vision of women’s golf in the future (with top players from developing countries and young talent) and of course, their loyalty to the players who have helped the tournament to reach its soon-to-be major status.
The tournament’s Director, Jacques Bungert, announced the first four at the press conference on 21 June. They are:
- Anaïse Maggetti (Switzerland, 21 years)
- Sharmila Nicollet (India, 21 years)
- Xiyu Lin (China, 16 years) – First player to have played in the Evian Masters Juniors Cup (in 2009) who will now compete in the Evian Masters.
- Li Jiayun (China, 23 years)
Six other players have just been announced by the Evian Masters Board:
Danielle Kang – USA – Pro 2012 – 19 years
An impressive amateur career. Danielle King won the US Women’s Amateur two years in a row in 2010 and 2011, finishing with the best amateur score at the 2011 Ricoh Women's British Open. She joined the LPGA Tour this year.
Cheyenne Woods – USA – Pro 2012 – 21 years
A champion in the making! Niece of the great Tiger Woods, Cheyenne seems to have inherited his talent! After winning numerous amateur tournaments, she has just graduated from West Forest University and turned pro in April. In 2012, she has already qualified to play on the LPGA Championship and the US Women's Open.
Trish Johnson – England – Pro since 1987 - 46 years
A lifetime member of the Ladies European Tour, Trish Johnson is one of the pioneers of women’s golf in Europe. Devoted to the Evian Masters for several years, she continues to play great seasons and has already won three Top-10s on the 2012 European tour.
Gwladys Nocera – France – Pro since 2002 – 37 years
One of Lacoste’s muses, Glawdys Nocera is a regular on the Ladies European Tour and the Evian Masters. With three appearances at the Solheim Cup, 10 wins on the tour and with two Top-10s already for 2012, she remains a safe bet.
Sophie Giquel-Bettan – France – Pro since 2003 – 30 years
With three Top-10s on the 2012 Ladies European Tour already, and a constant and frequent presence in the rankings, Sophie Giquel-Bettan promises to provide some great moments in the Evian Masters.
Caroline Afonso – France – Pro since 2007 – 27 years
The Number 1 French amateur in 2007, Caroline Alfonso swiftly turned pro and has never left the top spots. She won ten Top-10s on the 2011 Ladies European Tour and already has three so far for 2012. Took part in last year’s Evian Masters.
A very international tournament, as ever, with more than 20 nations represented to date.
There are 6 French players: Jade Schaeffer, Anne Lise Caudal, Karine Icher, Gwladys Nocera, Sophie Giquel-Bettan and Caroline Afonso
China is in the spotlight this year, with 4 of their players at the Evian Masters: ShanShan Feng (No. 4 Rolex World Ranking), Lying Ye, Xiyu Lin and Li Jiayun.
Topics: The Evian Championship