This is a rarity: the LPGA posted Tuesday's practice schedule, but don't consider it to be set in stone. I like attending LPGA practice and pro-am rounds, but it appears the French people won't have that option ... tickets are being sold only for official rounds (Thu - Sun). Or, do they just fling the gates open for Tuesday and Wednesday? (that seems unlikely)
Some of the groupings are logical while others look random ... a few samples:
Chella, MHL, Ji
The New Ko and Kajitani
Dr. Noh and Zhang
Gillman, Stephenson and Holmqvist
Winbee, Steen and Harm
Boutier, AL Kim and Ayaka Furue (I didn't know Furue was here ... the only JLPGA or KLPGA player in the Rolex top-40 who chose to play here)
A few players are listed as solos for Tuesday, including -
* Gaby Ruffels received an invite to the Aramco Team Series -Sotogrande (Aug. 5-7, 2021) ... sixteen more spots using various criteria are waiting to be filled.
* The field of 144 was posted for the new ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management (July 29 - Aug. 1) and about half will be LET players. As expected, the star quality at the top is on the light side ...the top-10 ranked entrants:
MHL and Meaw in the same group ... I need to see them together in person ... I don't care about the third player (Finkelstein).
At least we'll get to see Muni this week ... because the Fassi-cam will be there.
The Rocket with Carly Booth, nice.
J. Song/Meadow/JMG, nice.
Furue get Ryu and Sharpy.
Minjee/Six/Sung Hung ... which one doesn't belong?
I reviewed the 2019 Evian thread to refresh my memory ... yes, the golf course looked like garbage on TV two years ago, but maybe it's okay this year if the pic below is an indicator:
20/07/2021. Ladies European Tour 2021. The Amundi Evian Championship, Evian Royal Resort, Evian Les Bains, France. July 22-25 2021. Carly Booth of Scotland and Georgia Hall of England during a practice round. Credit: Mark Runnacles
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 20: Jennifer Chang of USA plays a shot during previews ahead of the The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 20, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
The caddie list is not posted yet, but this looks like Audrey Gerdes w/ Casper
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 20: Brittany Altomare of USA plays a shot during previews ahead of the The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 20, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 20: Jennifer Song of USA plays a shot during previews ahead of the The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 20, 2021 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
On a side note, congrats to Getty Images for mixing up S.C. Cheng with Min Lee ... it's not just the Koreans that look all the same to them.
I am a little late with this this week as I just got back home from the Dow Championship.
My field rating for this Major Championship....is an embarrasingly low 68.5% (down from 83% when last played in 2019). This is, by far, the lowest rated major in the almost 10 years that I have been doing this.
In Kyung Kim has dropped out of the top 100 and is no longer part of my field rating. She has been replaced by Maiko Wakabayashi.
Many of the players that are on the Olympic team chose to skip this event.
Top players not teeing it up this week include:
Danielle Kang Lexi Thompson Hannah Green Shanshan Feng Nasa Hataoka Gaby Lopez Ashleigh Buhai Stacy Lewis Mel Reid Xiyu Lin Patty Tavatanakit Yuka Saso