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LPGA Tour Preview: The Evian Championship

Preview — LPGA Tour – Evian Championship — Evian Resort Golf Club – Evian-les-Bains, France –

The LPGA Tour hosts its final major championship of 2015 this week in France at the Evian Championship.

The top players in the game are all competing this week as the season ramps up for the season-long Race to the CME Globe. The globe is decided at the 2015 finale at the CME Group Tour Championship this November in Naples, Florida.

Final major of the season this week

Final major of the season this week

Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Inbee Park is the headliner having won two majors this season including the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the RICOH Women’s British Open. She has four victories this season and leads the CME Globe standings.

Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis are also playing. After ascending to No. 1 Ko had been slowed a bit thanks in part to a swing change this summer until a victory two weeks ago at the Canadian Open. Lewis has gone more than a year without a victory. She needs a strong finish to savage 2015 despite a host of Top 10s and Top 3 finishes.

The Evian Resort Golf Club at Evian-les-Bains, France hosts the event and reaches

Solheim Cup on deck for star players

Solheim Cup on deck for star players

6,500 yards and plays to a par-72. This is the third edition as a major championship – Hyo Joo Kim won last year and Suzann Pettersen won the inaugural Evian as a major.

2014 Result:

  • Kim (11-under) opened with a 61 in the first round and held on to edge Hall of Fame member Karrie Webb by a stroke. Na Yeon Choi, Pettersen and Ko logged Top 10s along with Paula Creamer.

FANTASY: Pettersen, a former champion here in 2013, could be a nice pick here. She knows the layout. It fits her game and she won earlier this summer in June at the Manulife LPGA Classic in Canada. Look for Sei Young Kim to bounce back in this spot as she is do for a solid week. She won twice before May this season. Lewis needs to play well but could be distracted a bit by her winless streak and the upcoming

Inbee Park is the betting favorite this week

Inbee Park is the betting favorite this week

Solheim Cup.

BETTING: Park (7-to-1 odds) is the outright betting favorite at Sky Bet. Take Pettersen at 16-1 odds. Lexi Thompson (25-1) could factor this week. She won the Meijer LPGA Classic in late July and finished T-4 last week in Canada. Her length should help her contend in France. Take Ko (9-1) who was T-8 here last year in a quest for her first major. Overlooked again, Webb is always worth a flier at 66-1.

The Golf Channel has the television coverage Thursday through Saturday and early coverage Sunday for the final round before NBC Sports helps bring home the leaders.

Other Golf News:

  • Several female players are also gearing up this week for the Solheim Cup, which takes place next week in Germany pitting the U.S. team against the European squad.
  • Race to Dubai heats up

    Race to Dubai heats up

    The European Tour hosts the KLM Open in the Netherlands this week. Paul Casey won the title a season ago. Martin Kaymer is the headliner this week as a 11-1 betting favorite.

  • The European Tour has a handful of events remaining before The Final Series (a four-tournament playoff) begins in late October. The Final Series will determine the Race to Dubai champion.
  • Tuesday features the Presidents Cup Captains’ Picks by the U.S. and International squads. The Golf Channel will cover the announcement live. The U.S. team is expected to name Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson as a selection.