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7 Golfers to Watch at The Evian Championship 2024

By: | Mon 08 Jul 2024

There can't be many more spectacular locations on the planet to enjoy than Lake Geneva, but that experience is exactly what the best players in the women's game will savour this week at The Evian Championship - and there is also the prestige of a major title on the line too.

Since it was elevated to major status in 2013, the Evian hasn't quite captured public attention like the other grandest events, but last year's triumph of French star Celine Boutier felt like the moment when the tournament finally reached that next level.

Representing the fourth major on the LPGA Tour calendar for 2024, with only August's Women's Open at St Andrews to come, there are crucial points for Solheim Cup hopefuls available too, as the race to qualify for both the United States and European teams ramps up.

But for now, the focus is on a trophy that boasts major distinction, which is certainly not an opportunity to be sniffed at.

Can Lilia Vu continue her recent resurgence, or could Nelly Korda recover from a series of disappointing results to recapture her staggering springtime form?

Perhaps a former winner like Brooke Henderson or Jin Young Ko will repeat again, or maybe we'll see a first-time major winner in the mould of Minjee Lee or veteran Angela Stanford - who claimed one of the biggest prizes at her 76th attempt back in 2018.

Here are some of the players that we're paying close attention to.

Lilia Vu

Last year belonged to the American, twice a major winner in 2023, but this season had been a struggle following a significant back injury that curtailed her appearances earlier in the campaign. However, Vu is back, claiming a seemingly unlikely success at the Meijer Classic in June before finishing runner-up at the PGA Championship. 

The 26-year-old is making up for lost time.

Nelly Korda

The world number one's stunning run of results earlier in 2024 has been documented widely, but the realities of golf and life have struck since Korda won six times in seven starts. She has missed her last three cuts - including at the US Open and PGA - and has been recovering lately from a dog bite. But would you bet against her producing another dominant showing?

Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson

The champion of 2022 and last year's runner-up, it's fair to say that the Canadian feels at home on the banks of Lake Geneva, so why should we expect anything different this week? Her results this year have been solid if not sparkling, but this feels like the perfect venue for that to change.

Celine Boutier

12 months ago, Boutier provided a masterclass to win on French soil, shooting four rounds in the 60s to win by six. It was a performance that has perhaps gone underappreciated, but we'll all be reminded of it during the coming days, and the Solheim Cup stalwart will fancy her chances of contending once again.

Jennifer Kupcho

It's been five years since Kupcho finished runner-up here on debut, with a breakthrough major title eventually coming at the Chevron in 2022. The American is a determined competitor but will feel like she has underachieved in the most important tournaments. However, there is no doubt that the pedigree to succeed at this level remains - and it could show itself again.

Ashleigh Buhai

Speaking of competitors, the South African Buhai demonstrated her class at Muirfield two years ago, when she won a nail-biter on Scotland's Golf Coast. Since then, the 35-year-old has twice won the Australian Open against strong opposition, underlining that her major credentials remain strong.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff

When English viewers are looking for a potential champion, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall will be the obvious candidates, but Ewart Shadoff is more than capable of featuring on the leaderboard. Always solid from tee to green, if the Yorkshire-born star can find a touch of inspiration on the greens, she will go well here.

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