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The Evian Championship preview: Fit-again Korda may go well

The LPGA circuit has five Majors each year and the fourth of them takes place this week in France – the Evian Championship.

A former winner tops the betting ahead of the latest Major on the LPGA Tour. 

WhatEvian Championship
WhereEvian Resort, Evian-les-Bains, France
When06:00, Thursday, July 27, 2023
How to watchSky Sports Golf
OddsHyo Joo Kim 14/1, Nelly Korda 16/1, Xiyu Lin 18/1, Rose Zhang 18/1, Minjee Lee 20/1, Jin-Young Ko 20/1, Ayaka Furue 20/1, Linn Grant 22/1, Atthaya Thitikul 25/1

Hyo-Joo Kim is being shown great respect by bookmakers for this week's Evian Championship, which takes place in the picturesque resort of Evian-les-Bains. The Korean tops the market for an event she won on her debut in 2014.

The Evian-les-Bains course typically takes plenty of getting to know – it is a quirky track at altitude – but Kim fell in love with the layout immediately. The Evian Championship was her Major debut, but she opened up with a round of 61 to take full control from the off.

Kim, who turned 28 earlier this month, has won five times on the LPGA Tour. The Lotte Championship last year was her last trophy, but she has been a regular contender in recent Majors, finishing second in the 2018 US Open, second in the 2019 Evian Championship, third in the 2021 PGA Championship, third in last year's Evian Championship and sixth in this year's US Open.

Xiyu Lin is also prominent in the Evian betting. The Chinese 27-year-old, who finished third in the PGA Championship this year, can be backed at 18/1 for Evian glory. Many LPGA Tour fans believe it is only a matter of time before Lin becomes a Major champion.

The same comments apply to Californian sensation Rose Zhang, who dominated on the college scene and looks like a future world number one. Zhang played in her first event as a pro last month and won it – the Mizuho Americas Open – defeating Jennifer Kupcho in a playoff.

Zhang, who went to the same college as Tiger Woods, is only 20-years-old and has already got her name on Major leaderboards. Eighth place in the PGA Championship was followed by ninth in the US Open.

Zhang will inevitably have plenty of backers at 18/1 this week, while Minjee Lee at 20/1 is another popular choice. Lee, sister of Min Woo Lee, loves Evian-les-Bains and won the Evian Championship two years ago. She followed up with a second Major title in the US Open last year.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds, the first five places are available for the Evian Championship.

Evian Championship course details

Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, France, is a 6,523-yard, par-71. Evian Resort has hosted this event since 1994. 

It became a Major in 2013, staged in September, until switching to July in 2019. The course is 1,575 feet above sea level and overlooks Lake Geneva. 

Sunny, warm and calm conditions are forecast for the most part. Birdies have been freely available since the Evian moved back to its July slot, with winning scores of 15, 18 and 17 under par.

Three to follow

A back issue plagued Nelly Korda during the last two Majors – the Floridian failed to make an impact in the PGA Championship and the US Open – but she bounced back to fitness and form in the Aramco Series last time out.

Korda won the Aramco event, which was staged at the Centurion Club, by four shots. The 16/1 about her winning the Evian Championship will appeal to plenty of punters. She finished eighth in last year's Evian.

Linn Grant

Ice-cool Swede Linn Grant won on the LPGA Tour the week before last, cementing her reputation as a rising star of the sport, and the 24-year-old looks set to make a serious impression on the Evian Championship leaderboard.

Grant, who tied for eighth place alongside Korda in last year's Evian, won the Scandinavian Mixed event on the DP World Tour last year. She repelled Henrik Stenson to win that mixed event and the 22/1 about her topping the Evian leaderboard will appeal to many punters.

Patty Tavatanakit

The 200/1 about Patty Tavatanakit is an eye-catching offer for a player who was once one of the most promising in the game. The 23-year-old Thai won the Chevron Championship in 2021, but suffered a form slump last year.

Third place in the LA Open in March hinted that Tavatanakit could be battling back to her best, so the juicy prices will tempt her legion of supporters.

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