Slow begins for Canada’s Henderson, No. 1 Korda at Evian Championship

World No. 1 Nelly Korda made a poor begin to her bid for a second main title when she posted a 3-over 74 in her opening spherical on the Evian Championship on Thursday.

The 22-year-old American, who gained the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship final month to maneuver to No. 1, had 5 bogeys and made solely her second birdie on the seventeenth gap.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson shot 2-under 69 and made 4 birdies. Fellow Canadian Alena Sharp adopted swimsuit, additionally going 2-under 69 with two bogeys. 

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Meanwhile, defending champion Jin Young Ko fared little higher, capturing a 1-over 72. Ko had 5 bogeys and birdied holes six, seven, 9 and 18.

Korda is a six-time LPGA winner and the primary American at No. 1 within the ladies’s world rating since Stacy Lewis in 2014.

The major-chaser comes from a serious sporting household.

Her older sister, Jessica, was additionally taking part in at Evian on Thursday.

Younger brother Sebastian is among the many greatest younger gamers on the ATP tennis circuit and ranked forty seventh.

Their father is Czech Petr Korda, a former No. 2-ranked tennis participant who gained the Australian Open in 1998.

Their mom, Regina Rajchrtova, additionally performed skilled tennis, competing for then-Czechoslovakia on the 1988 Olympic Games and twice reaching the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open. 

Canada’s Alena Sharp shot 2-under 69 and 4 birdies in her first spherical on the Evian Championship in France. (Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Ko is ranked No. 2 after dropping the top spot to Korda, who gained the Volunteers of America Classic three weeks in the past for her first win this 12 months on the LPGA Tour and eighth total on the LPGA.

She gained at Evian in 2019 and the occasion was cancelled final 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have seen my picture everywhere, so I was thinking ‘Wow, that was just two years ago but feels like it was five years ago,'” mentioned Ko, who gained her first main earlier in 2019 on the ANA Inspiration. 

She teed off shortly after 8 a.m. alongside with former champions Anna Nordqvist (2017) and Angela Stanford (2018). 

Stanford had a 1-under 70 and Nordqvist held par (71).

Seven-time main winner Inbee Park was additionally in motion. The third-ranked Park is chasing the one main she has not gained. She gained Evian in 2012, however that was the 12 months earlier than it turned a serious and Park has not positioned greater than eighth because it gained that standing.

The picturesque Evian Resort Golf Club, with its idyllic setting, is an enormous favorite amongst gamers, with the whole prize cash $4,500,000 US. 

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