Evian Championship Players to Watch

Evian Championship Players to Watch”

That win, in addition to her victory at the Kingsmill Championship and her unforgettable back-nine during her singles match in the Solheim Cup last month in Iowa make Thompson the favorite to win this week in France at The Evian Championship, the final of the LPGA Tour's five majors. Each tour has its own set of majors and there are some tournaments that are bigger than others and attract the best players anyway.

Thompson and Park are both in position to end Ryu's 12-week reign at world No. 1 at Evian Resort Golf Club.

They will be competing for a share of the prize money, a purse increased in total to $3.65 million, according to the LPGA official website, with the victor due $547,500, per Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Past Evian Masters winners in the field are Laura Davies of England (1995 & 1996), Juli Inkster (2003), Paula Creamer (2005), Karrie Webb of Australia (2006), Natalie Gulbis (2007) and Ai Miyazato of Japan (2009 & 2011), who is retiring after this championship.

Ko has not featured on Sunday afternoon at the first four majors of the year, with a best result of T11 at the ANA Inspiration.

Ryu said Tuesday that the No. 1 ranking has come with more pressure than she has let on, and it may have been showing up in her performances this summer. "Finally I realized how much it is - how tough it is". I'm just trying to stay positive out on the golf course.

"Before, I didn't really want to take that pressure, and I just wanted to ignore that", Ryu said. She tied for second with Ryu at the 2016 Evian. "Last year, In-gee played too well".

"Aside from the U.S. Women's Open course, the Evian Championship course is the hardest", Park said after her victory in Bedminster. If Park wins, she may also become the 2017 LPGA money leader and, depending on Ryu's playing this weekend, could move up to first in the Women's Rolex World Ranking.

Ryu is chasing a third major win in her career, per Amy Rogers of the LPGA official website. She won't play 30 events in an effort to surpass players more than a decade younger. Now she's dealing with the flight to France and the jet lag that comes with such travel.

The 22-year-old Thompson has been a force on golf since she was a pre-teen. "I think I slept for like 11 hours last night".

"I remember having a hard time playing the course last year and I'll have difficulties again this year", Park said.

"I've done the travel since I was 15-years old going out of the country and everything, so I'm pretty used to it". Ryu is now the top-ranked women's player in the world with Thompson, up to No. 2 in the latest Rolex World Golf Rankings with the win in Indy, a close - and motivated - pursuer. Michelle Wie and Inbee Park are out with injuries, and Stacy Lewis made up her mind ages ago that she'd be skipping this year's Evian Championship.

Her win Saturday made her the first American with two LPGA victories this year. Why had she come up short at the season's biggest events? Since Park now has 60 points, just 18 points behind Ryu So-yeon, she may be able to win the award if she finishes runner-up at Evian. This week could provide a major shakeup to the Race standings, as the five LPGA major championships carry 25 percent more value.

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