Minjee Lee with her trophy in 2021 – arrives as an even better player – photo LET
Just a week after Cameron Smith’s brilliant win at St Andrews, another Australian will start favourite to win one of women’s golf’s major championships in France this week.
Six Australasians will tee it up in the fourth major of the year in women’s golf, the US$6.5 million Amundi Evian Championship in Evian Les Bains, one of them looking to successfully defend her victory twelve months ago and, another, a former winner of the event.
Minjee Lee returns to the scene of her dramatic first major championship win in this event in 2021, her stunning final 36 holes of 65 and 64 sweeping her to a first hole playoff victory over Jeongeun Lee6 to claim the first of what are now two major championship titles.
Lee’s recent win at the US Women’s Open has her a significant leader over Jennifer Kupcho in the Race to the Globe LPGA Tour points standing and given her outstanding season to date, she will enter this week’s event as the warm favourite to win again.
Lee finished runner-up at her last start at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, three weeks after her career defining win at the US Women’s Open and everything points to her contending again.
Lee’s win has played a key role in providing the confidence to go to the level she has in 2022.
“It was my first major win and there was quite a lot of pressure put on me to win a major after so many years on tour. It was just a great confidence boost for me after that win. I was able to have a good year last year and then bring it into this year.”
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko is another to have held the Evian Championship trophy aloft having won the event seven years ago and, like Lee, she too is having a great 2022 season having a win and five other top 5 finishes this year. Ko has also been runner-up and 3rd in the event in a total of eight starts at Evian Les Bain.
Other Australasians in the event are Hannah Green, Stephanie Kyriacou, Su Oh and Sarah Kemp.
Lydia Ko when finishing 6th last year – photo LPGA – Getty