The 22-year-old American, who gained the KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship final month to maneuver to No. 1, had 5 bogeys and made solely her second birdie on the seventeenth gap.
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In the meantime, defending champion Jin Younger Ko fared little higher, taking pictures 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 foremost-chaser comes from a serious sporting household.
Her older sister, Jessica, was additionally enjoying at Evian on Thursday.
Youthful brother Sebastian is among the many finest 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 Video games and twice reaching the fourth spherical of the U.S. Open.
Ko is ranked No. 2 after shedding the highest spot to Korda, who gained the Volunteers of America Basic three weeks in the past for her first win this 12 months on the LPGA Tour and eighth general on the LPGA.
She gained at Evian in 2019 and the occasion was cancelled final 12 months amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve seen my image all over the place, so I used to be pondering ‘Wow, that was simply two years in the past however feels prefer it was 5 years in the past,'” stated Ko, who gained her first main earlier in 2019 on the ANA Inspiration.
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 grew to become a serious and Park has not positioned greater than eighth because it gained that standing.
The picturesque Evian Resort Golf Membership, with its idyllic setting, is an enormous favorite amongst gamers, with the overall prize cash $4,500,000 US.