Evian Championship: Steve’s top tips

With three top 10s in her last four events – two of them in major championships – Shanshan Feng looks primed to add to the Women’s PGA she won five years ago.

The Chinese superstar has yet to win the Evian Championship but couldn’t have come much closer in the last couple of years.

Her record at this stunning course in the French Alps is enviable – having finished tied 10th, third and fourth since 2014.

Feng may not be the longest hitter (averaging just over 250 yards), but she’s deadly accurate with her approaches. She is also phenomenal with a hybrid in her hands and, in total, hits more than three quarters of greens in regulation.

Having already tasted victory this season, at the LPGA Volvik Championship, I’m happy to play her at 14/1 to end the major campaign in style.

Evian Championship

Defending champion In Gee Chun (16/1) doesn’t return as the favourite, as reported by My Top Sportsbooks, as she goes up against former world number one Lydia Ko (28/1).

That could come back to bite the bookies given podium places in her last two tournaments – the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and the Portland Classic.

Ko, meanwhile, has had her form struggles of late but finally showed signs of life when finishing runner up at the Indy Women in Tech Championship. She may finally be starting to put a torrid campaign behind her.

Her conqueror there, by four shots, was Lexi Thompson (10/1) and the American is a worthy favourite to grab some last chance major glory.

Evian Championship

She’d already have the ANA Inspiration on her mantelpiece but for that very well publicised piece of clumsy marking.

She wasn’t too far away at the US Women’s Open or at Kingsbarns, in the Women’s British Open, until her putter went desperately cold on Saturday.

An absolute warrior at the Solheim Cup, she comes to France in wonderful form. She has a great chance to add to the solitary major she picked up in 2014.

Steve Carroll

A journalist for 23 years, Steve has been immersed in club golf for almost as long. A former captain and committee member, he has passed the Level 3 Rules of Golf exam with distinction having attended the national Tournament Administrators and Referee's Seminar. He has officiated at a host of high-profile tournaments, including Open Regional Qualifying and the PGA Fourball Championship. A member of NCG's Top 100s panel, Steve has a particular love of links golf and is frantically trying to restore his single-figure handicap. Steve is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth 2 3-Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Hybrids: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Irons: TaylorMade Stealth 5-A Wedge Wedges: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 54 and 58 Putter: Sik Sho Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Handicap: 11.3

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