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DATES: Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th
SITE: Evian Masters Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
COURSE ARCHITECT: Built in 1904 (First nine); 1922 (Second nine)
         Cabell B. Robinson (1988-90)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,345
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 361 yds10 - Par 4 388 yds
2 - Par 3 133 yds11 - Par 4 351 yds
3 - Par 4 355 yds12 - Par 4 412 yds
4 - Par 4 374 yds13 - Par 4 418 yds
5 - Par 4 333 yds14 - Par 3 196 yds
6 - Par 4 380 yds15 - Par 5 559 yds
7 - Par 5 526 yds16 - Par 4 311 yds
8 - Par 3 174 yds17 - Par 3 115 yds
9 - Par 5 482 yds18 - Par 5 477 yds
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36 3,118 yds36 3,227 yds
 
Annual:  19th (13th year event on LPGA Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 1-6 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 6-11 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ai Miyazato
Runner-Up:  Stacy Lewis
Tournament Record:  267 (Juli Inkster, 2003)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Annika Sorenstam, 2002, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  134 (Maria Hjorth, 2001; Annika Sorenstam, 2002;
  Karen Stupples, 2004; Angela Park, 2008)
Course Record:  63 (Helen Alfredsson, 2008)
Total Purse:  $3,250,000
Shares:  1st Place - $487,500; 2nd Place - $321,382; 3rd Place - $230,000
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ai Miyazato273Ran Hong277
Stacy Lewis275Suzann Pettersen277
Angela Stanford276Morgan Pressel277
I.K. Kim276Maria Hjorth278
Miki Saiki276Sin-Ae Ahn278
Mika Miyazato278
 
Past Evian Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Ai Miyazato (273) -- Stacy Lewis
2010Jiyai Shin (274) -- Na Yeon Choi, Alexis Thompson, Morgan Pressel
2009*Ai Miyazato (274) -- Sophie Gustafson
2008*Helen Alfredsson (273) -- Na Yeon Choi, Angela Park
2007*Natalie Gulbis (284) -- Jeong Jang
2006Karrie Webb (272) -- Laura Davies, Michelle Wie
2005Paula Creamer (273) -- Michelle Wie, Lorena Ochoa
2004Wendy Doolan (270) -- Annika Sorenstam
2003Juli Inkster (267) -- Hee-Won Han
2002Annika Sorenstam (269) -- Maria Hjorth, Mi Hyun Kim
2001Rachel Teske (273) -- Maria Hjorth
2000*Annika Sorenstam (276) -- Karrie Webb
1999Catrin Nilsmark (279) -- Laura Davies
1998Helen Alfredsson (277) -- Maria Hjorth
1997*Hiromi Kobayashi (274) -- Alison Nicholas
1996Laura Davies (274) -- Carin Koch
1995Laura Davies (271) -- Annika Sorenstam
1994Helen Alfredsson (287) -- Sarah Gautrey, Lora Fairclough

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Ai Miyazato---------T-57T-31T-22T-52WonT-19Won
Stacy Lewis---------------------T-17mc2nd
Morgan Pressel------------T-25T-12T-25T-52T-2T-6
Suzann PettersenT-36T-21T-9T-53T-41T-43T-20T-475thT-6
Mika Miyazato---------------------71stT-6T-9
Yani Tseng------------------T-25T-64T-11T-12
Brittany Lincicome------------T-68T-49mcT-27T-11T-14
Paula Creamer---------Won7thT-19T-9T-6T-37T-14
Amy Yang------------T-52T-63T-29T-52T-64T-14
Jiyai Shin---------------T-3T-15T-20WonT-17
Anna Nordqvist---------------------T-17T-19T-17
Inbee Park------------------T-34T-58T-48T-17
Na Yeon Choi---------------mcT-2T-8T-2T-21
Cristie Kerr10thT-7T-21T-4410thT-43T-6T-3T-31T-21
Sophie GustafsonT-45T-1173rdT-20T-19T-6T-382ndT-31T-25
Shanshan Feng---------------------mcT-53T-32
So-Yeon Ryu---------------------------T-32
Lexi Thompson------------------------T-2T-36
Candie KungT-65T-11T-53T-14T-11T-57T-11T-61T-43T-36
Natalie Gulbis---T-21---T-32T-25WonT-17T-30T-5343rd
Meena Lee---------T-5T-28T-38T-15T-3T-16T-44
Sun Young Yoo------------------T-11T-47T-23T-44
Azahara Munoz------------------------T-11T-56
Karrie WebbT-325th---13thWonT-12T-25T-6T-48T-56
Juli Inkster---WonT-6T-32T-15T-3T-9T-58T-67mc
Helen AlfredssonT-51T-11T-28T-5T-38T-43WonT-5T-16---
Wendy DoolanT-2475thWonT-60T-68T-57T-44---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Amy Yang
Darkhorse - Mika Miyazato
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Stacy Lewis) - Finished tied for 46th
Last week's Darkhorse (Inbee Park) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA's best and brightest are across the pond this week for the Evian Masters. This week's limited field consists of 111 players, including the top-7 players in the world. World No. 2 Na Yeon Choi is playing in her first event since winning the U.S. Women's Open three weeks ago. World No. 4 Ai Miyazato currently leads the money list by more than $43,000 over world No. 1 Yani Tseng. Miyazato, Tseng and world No. 3 Stacy Lewis are the only players with multiple wins this year. Tseng is the only player with three wins.

Tseng has struggled lately, finishing tied for 59th, missing the cut and finishing tied for 50th in her last three events. Prior to this stretch, Tseng finished no worse than 12th in her first nine LPGA Tour events of the season.

This event is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour (LET). The following is the criteria for Evian Masters qualification: top-10 finishers last year; top money winners in 2011 from LPGA, KLPGA, JLPGA, ALPGA and LET; LPGA tournament winners from 2011 Evian Masters through 2012 U.S. Women's Open; Ladies European Tour winners from 2011 Evian Masters through 2012 South African Women's Open; LPGA Active Hall of Fame members; Evian Masters champions; 10 Sponsor exemptions; the remaining spots shall be allocated according to the Rolex World Rankings as of July 16, 2012 for players who have not otherwise qualified under the above criteria.

The 10 players given exemptions into the field are: Caroline Afonso, Sophie Giquel-Bettan, Trish Johnson, Danielle Kang, Jiayun Li, Xiyu Lin, Anais Maggetti, Sharmila Nicollet, Gwladys Nocera and Tiger Woods' niece Cheyenne Woods.

Although this is the 19th Evian Masters, the tournament is in its 13th year on the LPGA Tour circuit. This is the richest tournament in women's professional golf, along with the U.S. Women's Open. The purse is $3,250,000 with the winner receiving $487,500. The U.S. Open champion received $585,000.

Last year, Ai Miyazato shot rounds of 68-68-67-70 to win by two strokes over Stacy Lewis. She finished at 15-under-par 273. Miyazato, who also won this event in 2009, joined Annika Sorenstam (2000, 02), Laura Davies (1995-96) and Helen Alfredsson (1994, 1998, 2008) as the only two-time winners. This year, Miyazato will try to join Davies as the only back-to-back winners, and Alfredsson as the only three-time winners.

In 2010, South Korea's Jiyai Shin captured this tournament in dramatic fashion in the final round, making a birdie at the 18th hole to shoot a 5-under 67 and beat Choi, Morgan Pressel and Lexi Thompson by one shot. Shin's closing birdie gave her a 14-under 274 and her seventh LPGA Tour win.

In 2009, Miyazato earned her long-awaited first LPGA Tour victory by beating Sophie Gustafson in a playoff. Miyazato drained a birdie putt on the first extra hole to top Gustafson and win for the first time in four full seasons on tour.

Alfredsson needed three extra holes to claim her third title in 2008 at this event. Alfredsson closed with a 5-under 67 to join Choi and Angela Park at 15- under-par 273. She became the first player to win this title three times. Alfredsson fired a 63 in the second round to establish a new course record.

In 2007, Natalie Gulbis birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Jeong Jang. It was her long-awaited first LPGA Tour title. Gulbis and Jang finished the event at 4-under-par 284.

The LPGA Tour moves to Ohio next week for the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, where Choi captured the tournament the last time it was played in 2010.

07/24 17:18:34 ET

As of July 24, 2012, at 05:18 PM ET

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