2017 Evian Championship Leader Board
Originally started in 1994, the Evian Championship has been the fifth and final major on the LPGA calendar since 2013. The tournament, played on the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, is among the richest in women's professional golf, with a $3.65 million purse and a $547,500 winner's check. The picturesque 6,482-yard par-71 course overlooks Lake Geneva and plays at an elevation of 1,500 feet above sea level. Past champions include LPGA Hall of Famers Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Inbee Park, along with some current marquee players in Suzann Pettersen and Lydia Ko. The defending champion in 2017 is In-Gee Chun from South Korea. American players, perhaps surprisingly, have had limited success in the event. Just three have ever won the tournament: Inkster (2003), Paula Creamer (2005) and Natalie Gulbis (2007). It was Gulbis' first and only career LPGA victory. Among top American in this week's field are Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin. Stacy Lewis is skipping the event and Michelle Wie is missing it as she continues her recovery from appendix surgery. Returning to play after missing the Solheim Cup with an injury is Jessica Korda. Notably this year is that two-time Evian champion Ai Miyazato has chosen the event to be her LPGA farewell tournament.