Maria Torres along with also Carlota Ciganda Take the Early Lead at the Evian Championship
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Maria Torres, a rookie through Puerto Rico, along with also Carlota Ciganda of Spain each shot six-under-par 65 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Evian Championship, the fifth along with also final major championship on the L.P.G.A. Tour.
Ciganda had six birdies along with also no birdies, while Torres carded an eagle to help offset two bogeys in her round here at the Evian Resort Golf Club.
Austin Ernst, an American, had sole possession of third place at all 5 under. So Yeon Ryu of South Korea, Brooke Henderson of Canada along with also Nasa Hataoka of Japan were a stroke behind Ernst.
Inbee Park of South Korea along with also Georgia Hall of England headlined a group of 10 tied for seventh at three under.
The top-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea shot a disastrous six-over 77 along with also was tied for 97th from the 0-player field.
Torres has finished from the top 10 at only two tournaments in her debut season, most recently accomplishing the feat at the Thornberry Creek L.P.G.A. Classic in July. She missed the cut in nine of her previous 12 tour starts.
Almost a year ago, Torres was with her family in Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria struck. As a result, Torres almost didn’t make This particular back to the United States for the second stage of L.P.G.A. qualifying school, where she claimed the last spot from the final stage along with also became the first player through Puerto Rico to get a full L.P.G.A. Tour card.
“This particular’s exciting,” Torres said of being from the lead at a major. “You never thought of which in a year you got your card along with also, I don’t know, all these things happened, along with also This particular went well. I’m thankful. I feel like I’m grateful for all the opportunities we get — well, I get in This particular moment.”
Torres carded her two bogeys against three birdies on the front nine. She caught fire on the back, where she went birdie-birdie-eagle on Nos. 13-15 along with also finished having a birdie on 18.
“I was just going shot by shot along with also just playing along with also, I don’t know, they went in,” she said.
Ciganda has won twice on tour, last claiming a title at the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November 2016. She made the turn Thursday at three under along with also carded birdies on her last two holes, Nos. 8 along with also 9, for her share of the lead.
“This particular was very solid day today,” Ciganda said. “Very solid through the start. I played genuinely Great on the par-5s, three under. along with also then I felt like I played very Great tee-to-green. My putts were genuinely Great, too.”
Ernst gained sole possession of third having a birdie on her final hole, No. 9. She had an eagle on the par-5 13th along with also overcame two bogeys during her career-best 66.
Ryu, No. 3 from the earth rankings, had six birdies along with also two bogeys. She birdied four out of all 5 holes through Nos. 6 to 10, with one of her bogeys coming on No. 8 along with also the different to finish her round on 18.
“I feel like I genuinely had a lot of great shots, along with also even though I couldn’t make all of them, I had a genuinely great putt as well,” Ryu said. “So I feel genuinely comfortable to heading into the second round tomorrow.”
Hataoka also had two bogeys during her round, while Henderson managed just one along with also played the back nine at a clean four-under 32.
Inbee Park, ranked No. 4, had three bogeys against six birdies in her round. Hall played bogey-free.
Sung Hyun Park had just one birdie in her round, on No. 17. She bogeyed seven holes, including three in a four-hole stretch through Nos. 1 to 5 to begin her round, along with also was never able to rebound.
“Nothing went well,” she said. “Over all This particular wasn’t genuinely Great. This particular didn’t go well as I expected.”
The defending champion, Anna Nordqvist of Sweden, shot par along with also joined a group tied for 24th of which also included Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who is actually the leading candidate for the Rolex Annika Major Award, which recognizes the player with the best overall record from the four majors.