Racing Post's Evian Championship golf betting tips and tournament preview
Jin Young Ko set to successfully defend her Evian crown
Golf tips, best bets and player analysis for the Evian Championship on the LPGA Tour.
When to bet
Tournament starts 6am Thursday
Where to watch
Live on Sky Sports Golf 10am Thursday
Jin Young Ko
3pts each-way 11-1 general
1pt each-way 55-1 Betfair, Paddy Power
1pt each-way 70-1 Betfair, Paddy Power
The fourth women's Major of 2021, the Evian Championship, begins in France on Thursday although a number of key contenders have opted to stay away in order to prepare for the Olympics.
LPGA superstars Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson, both representing the US in Tokyo, are absent as is US Open champion Yuka Saso and Japan's Nasa Hataoka, who is ninth in the Rolex Rankings.
However, Women's PGA champion Nelly Korda and sister Jessica are in attendance - despite also planning on chasing Olympic glory - and a strong South Korean challenge is headed by defending champion Jin Young Ko and LPGA legend Inbee Park.
Evian Resort Golf Club, which has hosted this championship since 1994, is a quirky layout which has drawn criticism from several top players, most notably Thompson, who bemoaned 'too many bad breaks with good shots' when missing the cut when the Evian was last staged in 2019.
Tournament favourite Korda will take plenty of beating but her worst Major performances have come in the Evian, her French form figures read MC-61-25, and instead it is the patient, composed Ko who looks poised to defend her title after she returned to top form when winning the Volunteers of America Classic at the beginning of July.
The former world number one will have designs on leapfrogging Korda in the world rankings in the near future and her recent Majors record, six top-seven finishes from nine events since the start of 2019 - including two wins - is seriously impressive.
Others to consider at bigger odds include Megan Khang, who has six Major top-ten finishes at the age of 23, including most recently in the 2021 US Open, and Jennifer Kupcho, who was runner-up to Ko in 2019 just months after turning professional. She has finished no worse than 13th in her last three stroke play events on the LPGA Tour.
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