|LET Rookie Xi Yu Lin from China
With a fortnight to go until the start of The Evian Championship, due to take place from 12 to 15 September, the world's leading players have already confirmed they will be taking part in the fifth and final Major of the season. With such an illustrious field of competitors, the tournament promises to be a fiercely contested affair and the golfers will be playing for the highest stakes. None more so than Inbee Park, who will be going for an unprecedented Grand Slam at the new look Evian Resort Golf Club course.
With tough new selection conditions - and the Rolex Rankings as the number one criterion - The Evian Championship is set to play host to the world's elite at the years' last Major and the only one to be held in Continental Europe.
Current world number one Inbee Park is already the tournament favourite. Winner of the Evian Masters last year, the Korean is going for the Grand Slam (four Major titles in one season). In addition to six tournament wins this season on the US tour, she also triumphed in the first three majors, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA Championship and the US Women’s Open. Victory at The Evian Championship would secure her the Grand Slam and a place in history. Winning four Majors in a calendar year is a feat that has never before been achieved in either the women's or the men's game.
The Evian Championship is also the final tournament to feature the two big teams from the Solheim Cup. A unique chance for golf fans to see some of the European and US team members in action, including America's Stacy Lewis, world n°2 and winner of the 2013 Women’s British Open, and Norway's Suzann Pettersen, the world n°3. The spectators will also be taking a keen interest in the fortunes of French favourite and Solheim Cup member Karine Icher, who came within a whisker of victory at the Canadian Women’s Open recently, where she finished 2nd.
Another one to watch will be the phenomenon Lydia Ko. The 16 year-old amateur and current world n°7, who won Canadian Women’s Open, continues to break golf records. Why not at Evian?
To complete the field, the Board of The Evian Championship has already allocated four of the six wildcards, rewarding players who have played their part in the tournament's history and giving up-and-coming talents a chance to shine in the spotlight:
- Helen Alfredsson (Swe), three-times winner of the Evian Masters
- Melissa Reid (Eng)
- Cheyenne Woods (USA)
- Xi Yu Lin (Chn)
The next two wildcards will be allocated on 2 September 2013.