EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 23: Laurent Delaney of Rolex, Frank Riboud, President of the Evian Championship, Sir Jackie Stewart, award recipient Betsy King, and Jaques Bungert, Evian Championship Director, pose for a photograph at the Rolex prize for a better tomorrow awardafter day three of The Amundi Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club on July 23, 2022 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Congrats to Brooke on her win. I love the Sisters, but none of them brought their Major game today. It's a baffling mystery how only Hyo Joo was able to go low today. I mean, the scores were out there; we saw a bunch of 64s and 65s. Did the organizers call the JLPGA to ask them how to set up a course to benefit Japanese players? It seemed like half of them were shooting 5, 6 even 7 under par.
I went into today with three hopes: 1, that Hye Jin would make a move and catch Thitikul, but she never really figured out the greens here and, though she had an OK 69, she finished well behind her Thai rival. Two, that Min Ji would represent for the KLPGA and beat the JLPGA talent, and, well, that didn't go too well, either. But I'll give Min Ji a pass; Saigo has already played in three Majors, whereas this was Min Ji's first, right? Not a great result, though. I wonder how that will affect her decision to come here?
And of course, I wanted to see a Korean hoist this trophy. Boy, that didn't go well. Hyo Joo did play well, but the golf gods had it in for her. Missed an easy one at 15; left one on 16 one roll short; had the tiniest lip out on her eagle try on 18. It just wasn't her week, but she came SOO CLOSE, and after 2019, it would have been deserved redemption.
But for the rest, it was brutal. In Gee started well, but a double set her back and she never recovered. t-22nd isn't terrible, but it's the kind of OK but not great result she has too many of. I was really hoping she would mount a charge at the top ten at least. Well, we'll always have the KPMG.
Jin Young just couldn't get her putter to work. She still got a top ten, but with her, I want to see her A Game majesty, not the workmanlike stuff we saw here. Naturally she, too, missed a very makeable eagle on the last. The good news is that she didn't implode like at KPMG on the back nine; in fact, she made a nice run there. But it was too little too late.
Sei Young was almost unwatchable. Look, I like her, but after the club flew out of her hand on the one hole, I actually stopped rooting for her. She might be injured, who knows, and if so, I apologize, but I didn't want to watch her win a Major with crap like that. And she unbelievably had a chance to steal it most of the day. But the putting gods screwed her, too, so she wasn't able to scramble to a win, and she doomed her chances with the worst approach of the week on 17.
So Yeon looked really sad on the final hole. She's 32, and if she had won, she would have been the first Sister to win a Major in her thirties. Which means she possibly doesn't have many more chances. It was her first top ten of the year, and it came at a good time, but that darn fifth hole took her out and she never recovered. I guess it was too much to ask that she get the win. And yeah, she too barely missed the eagle.
The best news was that we had several Sisters who actually had a chance at winning this. Henderson basically did what Six did last year, but she didn't have a great player going ultra-low to stop her from getting the win. Still, Hyo Joo really did have a chance, So Yeon fought hard to no avail, and Jin Young had an all-right week. Nice 67 by Amy Yang, too. And Minjee finished far enough back so that Jin Young should maintain her #1 status. I'll think little about this event after this, but it could have been worse.
Congratulation to Brooke Henderson for her second Major win.
Before the Tournament I was hoping that So Yeon Ryu would get a Top Ten. She played so good the first three rounds that I thought she had a chance for the win. But those double bogeys are round killers. Even if she didn't get the win I hoped she would play a good final round for a confidence boost.
Kudos, To Hyo Joo Kim for the lowest round of the Korean golfers, top three tie.
Sei Young Kim got to fifteen under after the fourteenth hole. But made a double bogey and no birdies the easy finishing holes.
Jin Young Ko had a four birdies back nine after a two bogeys no birdies front nine.
My hat's off to (Chairman) Mao Saigo for a thirteen under par weekend.