What happened on day one of the Evian Championship?

The Evian Championship has been brutally unlucky in recent years with poor weather, but conditions couldn’t have been much better on the opening day of the final major of the year, where Spain’s Carlota Ciganda grabbed a share of the lead.

The Spaniard went out early on Thursday morning and was able to make the most of the conditions, posting six birdies and no bogeys for a round of 65 – which was later matched by the Puerto Rican, Maria Torres, in the afternoon session.

While it was a picture-perfect day in the French spa town of Évian-les-Bains, the scoring was certainly more on the sterner side.

In-Gee Chun smashed the scoring record here just two years ago with a 21-under-par total but thanks to the dry, firmer than usual, conditions, scoring is far more difficult this time around.

Brooke Henderson, So Yeon Ryu and Nasa Hataoka sit two shots behind Ciganda and Torres, while Georgia Hall began her quest for back-to-back major trophies with a bogey-free 68, three behind the lead and in an excellent position to become the first British woman to win consecutive majors.

At the other end of the leaderboard, it was a day to forget for the world No.1, Sung Hyun Park.

The Korean has held the first round lead both times she’s played here at Evian, but Park opened with four bogeys in the opening five holes on the way to a six-over 77.

She has plenty of work to do if she is to make the cut and hold on to her top spot in the world rankings.

Elsewhere, England’s Bronte Law opened up with a two-under 69, while Charley Hull’s round of 72 is good enough for a tie for 41st.

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