The LPGA Tour is back after a two-week break following the U.S. Women’s Open and ventures across the pond for the Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale. This week, 111 ladies compete for a $487,500 prize at the Evian Masters Golf Club in France.
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Ai Miyazato returns to defend her title after besting Stacy Lewis by two strokes last year to win for the second time at the event (she also won in 2009). She comes to France off a win at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G earlier in July, her second victory this season following the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf. In 11 starts, the Japan native has recorded eight top-10s and is currently the leading money-winner this season with $1,059,331.
Na Yeon Choi is fresh off a win at the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run where she reclaimed the No. 2 spot on the Rolex Rankings. She became the fifth Asian to notch a victory this season, as they’ve won eight of the first 14 official events.
Past champs also slated to be in the field this week include No. 13 Paula Creamer (2005), No. 25 Karrie Webb (2006), No. 10 Jiyai Shin (2010) and No. 90 Natalie Gulbis (2007). Each has seen the leaderboard in numerous events this year but have yet to secure a win and the Evian Masters Golf Club could be the place where they light up the course again and get in gear for the rest of the season.
This year is an exciting one for the Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale, which is celebrating its 13th year as an LPGA event. This marks the final year that the event will be played under its current name, as it will become the LPGA’s fifth major on the 2013 schedule. Changing its name to “The Evian,” it will be moved to the second week of September and will be the final major of the season following the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open and the RICOH Women’s British Open.