Lydia Ko during today’s first round – photo Stuart Franklin LPGA Getty

The opening round of the Amundi Evian Championship was played in near perfect conditions in Evian Les Bains in France and at the end of day one of the 4th major of the year in women’s golf, former champion, Lydia Ko, leads the Australasians after her round of 66 has her in a share of 5th place and three shots from the lead of Ayaka Furue.

Ko’s first major title came in this championship in 2015 and with six top tens in eight starts in the event overall, it is a layout that she likes and she has made the sort of start to allow that trend to continue.

“Yeah, our whole group played really well,” said Ko. “I think 5-under, 5-under, 4-under. So it’s nice when everybody is playing well and you’re able to feed off each other.

“I gave myself quite a few looks and I wasn’t able to take like advantage of some, but I think to be able to finish with a birdie on the last, it’s a solid way to start this week for sure.

“I think I had a couple like tap-ins where I just literally just walked up and hit it without having to read the lie. I think when I was out of position I was able to hit like good approach shots to recover from there.

“So I think I stayed pretty patient and very even keel, and that’s important at any event, but especially at majors.”

Sarah Kemp is the leading Australian after day one, her round of 2 under 69 leaving her in a share of 27th, the New South Wales golfer playing in her 7th Evian Championship but with little success to date, 19th last year being her best finish to date.

Defending champion Minjee Lee has made a slow start with her opening round of 70 to be tied for 39th with amongst others, NSW’s golfer Stephanie Kyriacou.

Lee, who is having such a great season in 2022, birdied her opening hole but struggled from there.

Hannah Green and Su Oh are further back.