Park Leads With Opening Round 63 at Evian Championship

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2017

Given a second chance on Friday, the Kiwi golfer began in solid fashion, and was two-under after her first nine holes, starting on the par-four 10th.

Sung Hyun Park was six-over par through five, when the Evian was reduced to a 54-hole tournament, she was back to zero.

The Korean struck nine birdies on her way to an eight-under 63 and the early clubhouse target, with Moriya Jutanugarn birdieing her final hole to grab second spot ahead of Nordqvist and Katherine Kirk.

"If you are So Yeon Ryu, you have to feel some kind of injustice that all your hard work was wasted and Sung Hyun Park's poor play was completely wiped away", Golf Channel analyst Karen Stupples, victor of the 2004 Women's British Open and a former player director on the LPGA Board, said during Friday's broadcast.

"I wish it wasn't scrapped, but welcome to golf", Korda said.

"I forgot about yesterday and just focused on my play today", Park said through a translator, acknowledging she was "surprised" that the LPGA scrapped Thursday's play.

Park admitted that the Tour decision had represented a good break - "I guess it was for me, yes", said the 23-year-old who won her first major, the US Open, in July.

Earlier this season she won for the first time in seven years but in six starts since she has been no better than 42nd.

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"It sucked because I was playing so well yesterday, and some people weren't playing so well yesterday that are playing well today, and there's nothing I can do about that", she told Golf Digest. The LPGA are not always fair. "Ultimately, as a spectator, I feel kind of empty by it, and the whole thing leaves me a little bit upset, really". We had branches b;lowing everywhere.

Paula Creamer withdrew from the tournament midway through the round, citing a sprained tendon in her left wrist and calling the pain "excruciating".

She was on the fourth hole when she hit a shot, dropped her club and doubled up in agony.

"One of the biggest compliments I've ever been paid was her asking to play with me in her final tournament".

Georgia Hall leads the English interest and lies in the group on three under alongside Lydia Ko and former world No 1 Ai Miyazoto, who is making her final major appearance before retiring.

This week, Korda is returning to the Tour for the first time since the Ricoh Women's British Open as she's been rehabbing an arm injury, which also forced her to miss the Solheim Cup.

"But I reckon if I keep knocking on the door, one day it will be my turn", she said.

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