Evian Championship: Sung Hyun Park leads after first round

Evian Championship: Sung Hyun Park leads after first round

Evian Championship: Sung Hyun Park leads after first round

She had been 6 over through just five holes in the rain and wind on Thursday morning before play was abandoned and all scores wiped from the record.

This week, Korda is returning to the Tour for the first time since the Ricoh Women's British Open as she's been rehabbing an arm injury, which also forced her to miss the Solheim Cup.

Leading 2017 LPGA money victor Sung Hyun Park shot an eight-under 63 in the first round of the Evian Championship on Friday at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, to take the solo lead in the final major of the LPGA season. She was four over after six holes and and made four more bogeys.

Korda's frustration after seeing Sung Hyun Park's reversal and Katherine Kirk's comeback from a five-over Thursday start after a nasty run in with a hazard on No. 9 was clear. Her highest finish this season came on her last start-a T-5 at the Cambia Portland Classic in August. That self-assurance has already earned her two victories in her rookie season, including what will likely be the first of many majors with her win in July at the U.S. Women's Open.

The Swede is tied for third at five under after a round that included six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th. In the toughest of Thursday's weather conditions, Korda sat atop the leaderboard at two-under par with So Yeon Ryu, before play was canceled later that day. "There's no difference", Korda said about her mindset on Friday.

Kirk also enjoyed the opportunity to hit the reset button after Thursday's rainy and windy conditions.

Evian Championship: Sung Hyun Park leads after first round

Park began Friday's round at the 10th and was quickly into her stride with a birdie, followed by another at 12 and an eagle three at 13.

"Everything was fine yesterday". From the green, impending storms can be seen rolling across the lake and as the rainy curtain draws closer to Evian-les-Bains, Geneva disappears behind its rainy mist.

She was in tears at having to withdraw, partly because she was playing with her good friend, Miyazato.

Several hours later, the LPGA made the decision to abandon day one and make it a 54-hole Championship. A 54-hole event to be completed Sunday. The nine-time LPGA victor announced earlier this year that the Evian Championship would be her final tournament before retiring from the game.

Paula Creamer withdrew from the tournament midway through the round, citing a sprained tendon in her left wrist and calling the pain "excruciating".

Adding to the emotional withdrawal was a teary interaction with a young fan, dressed in pink following Creamer throughout the round, carrying a hand-drawn Pink Panther, Creamer's on-course moniker.

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