Thursday, July 26, 2007

Evian Masters – 1st Round

Brittany Lincicome, Pat Hurst and Eun-Hee Ji opened with rounds of 66 to lead the Evian Masters. Christina Kim, Kyeong Bae and Jin Joo Hong are tied for fourth after posting 67s.

The recipe for success today was “eagle”. Hurst eagled the par-5 18th, Ji holed-out to eagle the par-4 3rd and Lincicome got hers at the par-5 9th. Despite the low numbers posted by the top seven, overall the scoring appeared to be a little high. Only 25 of these 90 elite players managed to break par.

69 – Sophie Gustafson, Jeong Jang, Mi Hyun Kim
70 – Angela Park, Karrie Webb
71 – Laura Diaz, Sarah Lee, Meaghan Francella, Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies
72 – Young Kim, Sherri Steinhauer, Seon Hwa Lee, Cristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa
73 – Shi Hyun Ahn, Stacy Prammanasudh, Angela Stanford, Juli Inkster
73 – Ai Miyazato, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel
74 – Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen
75 – Paula Creamer, Nicole Castrale
76 – Julieta Granada
77 – Jee Young Lee

Playing conditions could have had something to do with the scoring spread. Christina, Hurst and Ji played early but Lincicome was in the last group to finish. Maybe tonight’s coverage will shed some light. TGC aired a tournament preview show for the Evian last night, a rarity for an LPGA event. While it contained a nice recap of last year’s win by Karrie Webb, the sponsor-shmoozing travel-agency stuff that ate up about two-thirds of it I can do without. Since the preview was hosted by Grant Boone, I’ll assume he’ll be in the booth for their coverage…whoopee. That airs tonight at 6:30pm EDT.

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