In Gee Chun edges ahead in final major

In Gee Chun of Korea, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open victor, shot an eight-under par 63 and is tied for the lead with countryman Sung Hyun Park after the first round of the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France.

Overnight leader Chun In Gee doubled her advantage to two strokes after a second-round 66 lifted her to 13 under at the Evian Championship in France.

World No.1 Lydia Ko is the defending champion for the first time in a major championship, having shot a final round 63 to win by six shots over Lexi Thompson past year.

Chun, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open champion, had a bogey on the fourth hole but otherwise played with great control, hitting six birdies in rainy and overcast conditions at the picturesque resort overlooking Lake Geneva.

On Thursday she played with world No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and 15-year-old Swedish amateur Julia Engstrom.

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"She really surprised me because she looks really skinny, but she hits it really long", Feng said of Park, a non-LPGA member who tied for third at the US Open after leading at the halfway stage.

Sung Hyun Park sank an 18-footer on the 18th hole to move into a share of the lead.

Ko tees off the defence of her Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France on Thursday night (NZ time).

"Usually by Friday this course has killed me, " Stanford said.

The 22-year-old is playing just her sixth LPGA Tour event and said through a translator she felt her ball striking was the key to her good round. I've got wonderful memories of winning here previous year. She shot the lowest round in major history with a 61 during the first round here two years ago.

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U.S. Women's Open victor Brittany Lang had two double bogeys and three bogeys in 76. This year was a little bit different because it was my first time having a tour caddie besides her caddying for me. "I think that's why I was able to enjoy major tournaments, and when you enjoy golf, you know you can play well..." Ryu is one of only two players on Tour this year to record top-20 finishes in each of the year's first four majors.

The 41-year-old Queenslander won the Evian Masters in 2006 - well before it became a major in 2013 - and has several other good finishes to her credit including a second place in 2014. "To me it's just like junior golf again - but we're professionals and we can have fun and make some money, so that's more fun".

Defending champion Lydia Ko opened with a one-under-par 70 and sits in a tie for 28th and seven shots back.

"I was nervous at the start of today's round and it was wet and windy".

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