Jin Young Ko won her second major of season with a two-shot victory over Jennifer Kupcho, Hyo Joo Kim and Shanshan Feng. Joe Hughes wraps up the action

Evian Championship report: So what happened?

At a drenched Evian Resort, Jin Young Ko claimed her second major title of the season in a dramatic final round.

The Korean battled through tough conditions to record just one bogey and five birdies on her way to a winning score of 15-under par.

She remained firmly in the rear-view mirror of 54-hole leader Hyo Joo Kim, who held top spot until the 14th hole, when a plugged lie in a bunker led to a triple-bogey.

A par from Ko saw her take a two-shot cushion that she didnโ€™t relinquish.

A birdie at 17 all but sealed the deal and a second major title, having won the ANA Inspiration earlier this year.

One of the stories of the week came from Jennifer Kupcho, who won the Augusta National Womenโ€™s Amateur in April before turning professional.

Competing in her first Evian Championship as an LPGA player, she showed just how strong her game is on the way to a tied 2nd finish.

Her final-round 66 meant that she held the clubhouse lead at 13-under par and it looks as if this finish will see her secure her LPGA card for 2020.

Evian Championship report: Talking points

It wasnโ€™t to be for Lexi Thompson this week as she missed the cut by two shots, cutting short her week at this major for the second consecutive year.

Only five fairways were found throughout her entire first round and she recorded 37 putts on her way to an opening 77.

However, while the poor showing from the World No. 3 may well be a talking point in itself, it was her Instagram posts following the second round that really had people talking.

Having had her week ended at the halfway stage the American took to the social media platform with a lengthy post accompanied by a photo of a part of the course which looked less than perfect.

In the message, she acknowledged that her play simply wasnโ€™t up to scratch but did seem to point a finger at the condition of the course at Evian Resort.

The 24-year-old wrote of how she found the fairway with three or four drives but ended up with poor lies, as she shows in her photo.

She may well have been acting on raw emotion but she said she was โ€œthankfulโ€ that she wouldnโ€™t have to play the course for the final two days, which didnโ€™t go down well with everybody.

There was some criticism of her post and even fellow tour pro Anne van Dam was of the opinion that players shouldnโ€™t be blaming the course.

Thompsonโ€™s original post was edited and she replaced it with an explanation of sorts.


Lexi suggests that her original post was purely borne out of frustration at her own game rather than the course, but you can make your own mind up.


Unfortunately there was further talk around slow play this week as many rounds took longer than they really should have.

Americaโ€™s Stacy Lewis aired her views on Twitter following Fridayโ€™s second round and pointed out that the 5 hours and 50 minutes it took her group to complete 18 holes was simply too long.

There have been plenty of suggestions offered by players, spectators, pundits and seemingly everybody else involved with golf about how we can work to eliminate slow play, but at least for the moment, it seems this pace is here to stay.

Sundayโ€™s final round was delayed by two hours due to heavy rain, and this resulted in the second day of the lift, clean and place rule being in play.

While this seems a fair decision for the players, it did lead to some more slow play, with the leaders playing the course in almost five and a half hours.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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