The Evian Championship

Winners, plus history and trivia, of the LPGA major tournament

General view of the golf course during the Evian Championship tournament
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Two significant changes occurred with this LPGA Tour event beginning in 2013: Its name changed from "Evian Masters" to "The Evian Championship"; and its status changed. Formerly regarded as one of the top events on the LPGA Tour, beginning in 2013 the Evian was elevated to major championship status on the LPGA (it had always been regarded as a major by the Ladies European Tour).

The Evian Championship is one of the highest-paying tournaments in women's golf, many years matching the purse of the U.S. Women's Open.

The tournament, played in France on the shores of Lake Geneva, is cosanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the LET.

2017 Tournament
Anna Nordqvist defeated Brittany Altomare on the first playoff hole to win the weather-plagued tournament. The event was shortened to 54 holes after the first round was wiped out by rain and wind. The final round and playoff ended in chilly rain and even sleet. Nordqvist and Altomare tied at 9-under 204. Nordqvist earned her second major championship victory with a bogey on the first extra hole.

2016 Evian Championship
In Gee Chun's winning score of 263 wasn't just a new tournament record, but the LPGA's all-time record for lowest score in a major. And her 21-under didn't just also set a new LPGA record for strokes under par in a major, Chun also was the first golfer, male or female, to win a major at 21-under. It was Chun's second career win in a major after the 2015 U.S. Women's Open.

She shot 63 in the first round and never relinquished control. Chun won by four strokes over the runner-up pair of So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

2015 Tournament
Lydia Ko won her first major championship title, and in doing so became the youngest-ever winner of a women's major. Ko, age 18 years, 4 months, bested the previous record (18 years, 10 months) set by Morgan Pressel at the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

It was Ko's ninth overall win on the LPGA Tour. She shot a tournament-best score of 63 in the final round, pulling away to win by six shots.

Official Website

LPGA Tour tournament site

Evian Championship Records:

  • 18 holes: 61 - Hyo-Joo Kim, 2014
  • 72 holes: 263 - In Gee Chun, 2016

Evian Championship Golf Course:

The tournament has been played at Evian Masters Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, for all but one year of its existence. In 2013, that golf course was renamed to The Evian Resort Golf Club.

Evian Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • The Evian Masters was first played in 1994, and it became an official LPGA Tour event in 2000.
  • Helen Alfreddson won the inaugural 1994 tournament, and Annika Sorenstam won the 2000 LPGA debut.
  • Alfredsson is the only 3-time winner of the Evian Masters, also winning in 1998 and 2008. Sorenstam, Laura Davies and Ai Miyazato are the only other multiple champions.
  • Natalie Gulbis' first win on the LPGA Tour happened at the 2007 Evian when she defeated Jeong Jang on the first playoff hole.
  • Another golfer who got her first LPGA victory at the Evian is Ai Miyazato. Miyazato won the 2009 tournament, beating Sophie Gustafson on the first playoff hole.
  • In the first round of the 2014 Evian, 19-year-old Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 - a new record for lowest score ever recorded in a major championship (men's or women's).
  • In Gee Chun set a couple more all-time scoring records in 2016. Her stroke total (263) and strokes under par (21-under) were both LPGA records in majors. Chun also became the first golfer, male or female, to win a major at 21-under.
  • When Lydia Ko won in 2015 it was her first major championship victory, and made her, at age 18 years, 4 months, the youngest-ever winner of a women's major.

Evian Championship Winners:

(p-won playoff; w-shortened by weather)

Evian Championship
2017 - Anna Nordqvist-p-w, 204
2016 - In Gee Chun, 263
2015 - Lydia Ko, 268
2014 - Hyo Joo Kim, 273
2013 - Suzann Pettersen-w, 203

Evian Masters
(Note: Tournaments prior to 2013 were not counted as major championships.)
2012 - Inbee Park, 271
2011 - Ai Miyazato, 273
2010 - Jiyai Shin, 274
2009 - Ai Miyazato-p, 274
2008 - Helen Alfredsson-p, 273
2007 - Natalie Gulbis-p, 284
2006 - Karrie Webb, 272
2005 - Paula Creamer, 273
2004 - Wendy Doolan, 270
2003 - Juli Inkster, 267
2002 - Annika Sorenstam, 269
2001 - Rachel Hetherington, 273
2000 - Annika Sorenstam-p, 276
1999 - Catrin Nilsmark, 279
1998 - Helen Alfredsson, 277
1997 - Hiromi Kobayashi-p, 274
1996 - Laura Davies, 274
1995 - Laura Davies, 271
1994 - Helen Alfredsson, 287