Sung Hyun Park rides Evian luck as Katherine Kirk starts well

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2017

Leading 2017 LPGA money victor Sung Hyun Park shot an eight-under 63 in the first round of the Evian Championship on Friday at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, to take the solo lead in the final major of the LPGA season.

DORSET'S Georgia Hall yesterday carded an opening 68 as she finally completed her first round at the fifth Major of the year - the Evian Championship.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't surprised", Park told Golf Digest about the decision to scrap play on Thursday.

Because while Park was making the most of her good luck, players such as world No 1 So Yeon Ryu was doing the reverse.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn is two shots behind Park on 65, one shot ahead of Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and Katherine Kirk of Australia.

Kirk, who won the Thornbery Creek Classic in Wisconsin in July, began brightly on the 10th hole with a birdie and made five more of them against just one bogey on the sixth, her 15th of the day. It looks like it's plenty of good chances out there today.

Even Park said she didn't expect her poor start to get wiped clean.

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Defending champion In Gee Chun of South Korea was seven shots back after mixing four birdies with three bogeys for a 70.

On Friday, Park opened with the same score for the second consecutive year to take the early lead on the first day. "I rolled the ball very good, and just trying to keep going and like see a good shot and just relax on the golf course".

This week, Korda is returning to the Tour for the first time since the Ricoh Women's British Open as she's been rehabbing an arm injury, which also forced her to miss the Solheim Cup.

Jessica Korda and So Yeon Ryu shared the lead at two under, playing under hard soggy and windblown conditions. "I just need to concentrate on myself". The nine-time LPGA victor announced earlier this year that the Evian Championship would be her final tournament before retiring from the game.

Miyazato, the 2009 and 2011 Evian victor before it had major status, was in a cluster of players at 3 under, trailing Park by five, including Sophia Schubert, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

American Paula Creamer, the 2005 victor at Evian, had to pull out with a wrist injury that had started to cause trouble earlier in the week.

"Right now, nothing to lose and no fear, and just feel joy of my game, and that's definitely helping", said the 32-year-old Miyazato, who had made a three-over start to Thursday.

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