The Evian Championship
|Course(s)||Evian Resort Golf Club|
|Length||6,482 yards (5,927 m)|
|Tour(s)||Ladies European Tour|
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
|Prize fund||US$3.85 million|
(US$4.1 million, 2019–future)
|Month played||June (1994–2002)|
July (2003–2012, 2019–future)
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Chun In-gee (2016)|
|To par||−21 Juli Inkster (2003)|
−21 Chun In-gee (2016)
|2018 Evian Championship|
The Evian Championship is a women's professional golf tournament in France, played at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains. It was originally held in June, moved to July in 2003, and moved again to September in 2013. It will return to a July date in 2019.
Founded 24 years ago in 1994 on the Ladies European Tour (LET) as the Evian Masters, it is one of two major championships on the LET. Not originally a major on the LPGA Tour, it became an LPGA co-sanctioned event in 2000, which included a significant increase in purse size. Its current purse of US$3.85 million is the second-richest in women's golf, after the U.S. Women's Open ($5 million in 2017). The purse will increase to $4.1 million in 2019.
Originally a mid-June event, it was played in late July from 2003 to 2012, then moved to mid-September in 2013 when it became the final major for both tours. The average elevation of the course is approximately 480 metres (1,575 ft) above sea level and overlooks nearby Lake Geneva to the north.
In July 2011 it was announced that beginning in 2013, the Evian Masters would be renamed "The Evian Championship" and would become the fifth major on the LPGA Tour schedule and move to September.
After the 2017 Evian Championship was reduced to 54 holes, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan admitted it was a mistake to move the major to a September date and vowed to move it back to summer by 2019. Furthermore, major changes in 2019 for the majors in men's golf, which will now be held in consecutive months -- April, May, June, July -- means the Evian can be held in August and be the final major in professional golf, men's or women's. Ultimately, the new date for the Evian was set as the last full weekend in July, the week after The Open Championship (men's).
Evian Resort Golf Club – (1994–present)
(a.k.a. Domaine du Royal Club Evian)
Prior to 2007, the event included 78 players, about half the size of a full-field LPGA Tour event, and was held over four days without a cut, meaning all players played all four days regardless of their scores. Beginning in 2007, the field was expanded to 90 players and a cut added after the second round. A cut means the players with the lowest 70 scores and anyone tied for 70th place play all four rounds and win prize money based on their final standing in the tournament. The other players are eliminated after the second round. The field was increased to 111 players in 2010.
LET and LPGA co-sanctioned major (2013–present)
|2018||Sep 13–16||Angela Stanford||United States||72-64-68-68=272||−12||1 stroke|| Austin Ernst
|2017*||Sep 14–17||Anna Nordqvist||Sweden||70-68-66=204||−9||Playoff||Brittany Altomare||3,650,000||547,500|
|2016||Sep 15–18||Chun In-gee||South Korea||63-66-65-69=263||−21||4 strokes|| Park Sung-hyun
|2015||Sep 10–13||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||69-69-67-63=268||−16||6 strokes||Lexi Thompson||3,250,000||487,500|
|2014||Sep 11–14||Kim Hyo-joo||South Korea||61-72-72-68=273||−11||1 stroke||Karrie Webb||3,250,000||487,500|
|2013*||Sep 12–15||Suzann Pettersen||Norway||66-69-68=203||−10||2 strokes||Lydia Ko (a)||3,250,000||487,500|
* Reduced to 54 holes due to rain
LET and LPGA co-sanctioned event (2000–2012)
|2012||Jul 26–29||Inbee Park||South Korea||71-64-70-66=271||−17||2 strokes|| Stacy Lewis
|2011||Jul 21–24||Ai Miyazato||Japan||68-68-67-70=273||−15||2 strokes||Stacy Lewis||3,250,000||487,500|
|2010||Jul 22–25||Jiyai Shin||South Korea||68-70-71-66=274||−14||1 stroke|| Choi Na-yeon
|2009||Jul 23–26||Ai Miyazato||Japan||69-66-70-69=274||−14||Playoff||Sophie Gustafson||3,250,000||487,500|
|2008||Jul 24–27||Helen Alfredsson||Sweden||72-63-71-67=273||−15||Playoff|| Choi Na-yeon
|2007||Jul 26–29||Natalie Gulbis||United States||72-69-73-70=284||−4||Playoff||Jang Jeong||3,000,000||450,000|
|2006||Jul 26–29||Karrie Webb||Australia||67-68-69-68=272||−16||1 stroke|| Laura Davies
|2005||Jul 20–23||Paula Creamer||United States||68-68-66-71=273||−15||8 strokes|| Lorena Ochoa
|2004||Jul 21–24||Wendy Doolan||Australia||68-68-69-65=270||−18||1 stroke||Annika Sörenstam||2,500,000||375,000|
|2003||Jul 23–26||Juli Inkster||United States||66-72-64-65=267||−21||6 strokes||Han Hee-won||2,100,000||315,000|
|2002||Jun 12–15||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||68-67-65-69=269||−19||4 strokes|| Maria Hjorth
|2001||Jun 13–16||Rachel Teske||Australia||71-68-66-68=273||−15||1 stroke||Maria Hjorth||2,100,000||315,000|
|2000||Jun 14–17||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||70-68-70-68=276||−12||Playoff||Karrie Webb||1,800,000||270,000|
LET event (1994–1999)
|1999||Jun 9–12||Catrin Nilsmark||Sweden||69-70-72-68=279||−9||2 strokes||Laura Davies||689,000||102,500|
|1998||Jun 3–6||Helen Alfredsson||Sweden||70-69-73-65=277||−11||4 strokes||Maria Hjorth||500,000||75,000|
|1997||Jun 18–21||Hiromi Kobayashi||Japan||69-67-69-69=274||−14||Playoff||Alison Nicholas||425,000||63,750|
|1996||Jun 19–22||Laura Davies||England||72-69-65-68=274||−14||4 strokes||Carin Koch||375,000||56,250|
|1995||Jun 7–10||Laura Davies||England||68-67-69-67=271||−17||5 strokes||Annika Sörenstam||270,000||40,630|
|1994||Jun 9–12||Helen Alfredsson||Sweden||71-73-73-70=287||−1||3 strokes|| Lora Fairclough
In 2017 Nordqvist won with a bogey 5 on the first extra hole. In 2009 Miyazato won with a birdie 4 on the first extra hole. In 2008 Alfredsson won with a birdie 4 on the third extra hole. Park has been eliminated when the other two players made birdies on the first extra hole. In 2007 Gulbis beat Jang with a birdie 4 on the first extra hole. In 2000 Sörenstam beat Webb with an eagle 3 on the first extra hole. In 1997 Kobayashi beat Nicholas with an eagle 3 on the first extra hole.
- Helen Alfredsson (1994, 1998, 2008)
- Laura Davies (1995, 1996)
- Annika Sörenstam (2000, 2002)
- Ai Miyazato (2009, 2011)
- "The Evian Championship Makes Date Change, Increases Purse" (Press release). LPGA. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
- "LPGA Adds The Evian as a Major Championship in 2013" (Press release). LPGA. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- "Evian Masters to be 5th major in 2013". ESPN. Associated Press. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- "The Evian Championship". LPGA. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Inglis, Martin (8 November 2017). "LPGA commissioner takes blame for major gaffe". bunkered.
- "2010 Evian Masters - final leaderboard". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Official website
- Coverage on the Ladies European Tour's official site
- LPGA Tour official tournament microsite
- Evian Masters Golf Club