Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Park and Jutanugarn among favourites for Evian Championship title

Park and Jutanugarn among favourites for Evian Championship title

But she has set her sights on the Annika Award.

Park has plenty of reasons to feel confident. The top-ranked player in the world headlines the field this week at the season's fifth and final major, the Evian Championship. Park is already a three-time victor in 2018, and with a win on Sunday would become the first four-time victor of the year.

"I would love to win this event and make it back-to-back majors", she continued.

This season, Park has won two tournaments - the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour and Doosan Match Play Championship on the KLPGA Tour - but she has been struggling with inconsistent shots.

The LPGA cut last year's tournament to 54 holes due to bad weather at Evian-les-Bains, a decision that was widely criticized as diminishing the status of a designated major.

"I think Major championships should be 72 holes, unless there's certain circumstances where the golf (course) is unplayable", she said.

She has a good shot at reaching that goal this week as Evian Resort Golf Club suits her game.

In 2016, Park finished runner-up in her Evian debut and backed that up with an opening round 63 the following year.

Now heading the list is US Women's Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn, followed by Park Sung-hyun and then Hall is in third place. A win on Sunday would add a third leg to Park's pursuit of the Career Grand Slam.

Although there is added pressure, the Korean said she is loving life at the top of the tree.

"It's very cool coming here as a major victor", she admitted.

With just seven events left on tour after this weekend in France, the event may go a long way to deciding who will win the battle for supremacy at the top of women's golf. In addition to winning at least one of the five majors, players need to finish within the top ten in the other major championships in order to earn qualifying points.

Park emerged as the victor of the Women's PGA Championships, one year on from her maiden success at the US Women's Open.

Park is one of the most decorated golfers of all time.

"I was really jealous", Park admitted Wednesday. "I think it's fantastic, and he is such a great role model to look up to in England".

The LPGA hopes to avoid such a fate when the event reverts next year to its old slot in July, when the weather is generally better with more daylight than in September.

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