And what if the winner of the 1st Evian Masters was to win the 15th tournament… Wouldn’t that be the perfect scenario for a tournament that has always favoured the players and their loyalty? And if even if Helen Alfredsson is not holding the trophy on Sunday, she will once again have left her mark on the Evian Masters, by scoring the new course record. A dazzling 63 (-9), a perfect scorecard adorned with 9 birdies.
This performance takes the two-time Evian Masters champion (1994-1998) to the top of the leaderboard on-9, a mere one shot behind the day’s leader, Angela Park. The young Brazilian, aged only 20, who lives in California, controlled her position perfectly within the leading group. The end of her round proved decisive with birdies on 17 and 18, shooting her to the top of the leaderboard on -10.
Things went less well for Lorena Ochoa, the previous day’s leader, who was playing in the same pairing. The world number 1 alternated good and bad and had to battle all day long to finally card 73 (+1) putting her in 8th position, 4 shots behind Angela Park. Juli Inkster, who is very well placed, is attempting to recreate her exploit in 2003 when she won the Evian Masters. Her total of 136 (-8) means the American enters the 3rd round in 3rd place alongside Cristie Kerr (USA), In-Kyung Kim (Kor), Meena Lee (Kor) and Candie Kung (Taï).
This evening, the cut has been made at +4. Only 70 players make it through including two of the four French players who started the competition, Karine Icher (39th, on par) and Sophie Giquel (61st, + 3).
Tomorrow, players tee-off in pairings of two from 7.34 a.m.