One month after the third LPGA major in 2021, players on the tour have another chance at a major title. This time around, the action is shifting to Europe, but on a track familiar to many of the contenders in the latest Evian championship odds.
The field is wide open, despite the presence of the master from 2019. With most of the top 10 players in the Race to the CME Globe score in the field, handicappers at this event need to look a little deeper than just player history to determine a winner.
Evian Championship odds
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Top players at Evian Resort Golf Club
The LPGA didn’t play this event last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Jin Young Ko shot a 67 or lower in three of their four rounds for a two-shot victory. It was only her second time playing at Evian after finishing 26th in 2018.
Other previous winners in the field this week include:
- 2018: Angela Stanford
- 2017: Anna Nordqvist
- 2016: In Gee Chun
- 2015: Lydia Ko
This event became a staple of the LPGA season in 2000. Since then, only Annika Sorenstam has won the Evian several times (2000 and 2002). In fact, in 2018 Nordqvist was topping the above list of defending champions in subsequent years when it finished 18th. Does that mean something bad for Jin Young Ko this week?
Course and tournament information
- Place: Evian Resort Golf Club
- Location: Evian-les-Bains, France
- Par: 71 / run length: 6,523
- Date: 22.-25. July
- Prize money: $ 4.5 million, $ 675,000 for the winner
- Coverage: CNBC, Golf Channel
The biggest challenge of this course is the difference in altitude. The entire course is effectively located on hills overlooking Lake Geneva and the height difference between the parts of the course is up to 90 meters. Despite this terrain, most of the fairways are not suffocatingly narrow. However, players have to be very careful with the wind from the lake and the green sizes, which vary from one hole to the next almost as much as the height.
This course does not have many fairway bunkers, so it is tempting for players to just tee off with all your might as the placement seems less of a concern. However, this can be a trap. The breeze from Lake Geneva makes it easy for balls that land on the left side of the fairways to land in the trees. Hence, the ability to hit greens in regulation should prove crucial.
Brooke Henderson currently leads the tour in this statistic, while Mo Martin is just a catch behind her pace. In terms of driving precision, Martin is currently setting the pace, but is not in the field this week. Jin Young Ko is in the LPGA’s top 5 on both greens in regulation and scoring average.
The Rolex No. 2 ranking is the only member of the Tour who can currently claim this. Ko has also made it into the top 10 six times so far and this in 55% of the events she has played at this year. In terms of points average, Nelly Korda is at the top of this list, just one of many you will find at the top right now.
Korda ranks # 1 on the Rolex rankings due to a number of other impressive stats including:
- Korda has made it into the top 10 eight times this year, or 73% of the events it has participated in so far
- When it comes to birdies, Korda leads the tour with 200. at
- Korda is tied with Lexi Thompson with nine for most eagles on the tour
- Her scoring average is currently the only one under 69 of that number on the tour
At this event, it could easily come down to whether Nelly Korda can maintain the fantastic momentum she’s bringing to France. However, the small gap in the odds between her and Jin Young Ko is also justified.