EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — After nine different winners in the past nine women’s golf majors, the Evian Championship has no clear favorite when play begins Thursday.
Even the LPGA Tour this season has proved unpredictable with 20 winners of the 25 titles so far. No one has claimed more than three.
“That’s pretty incredible,” said Lydia Ko of New Zealand, the 2015 Evian champion who went on to win back-to-back majors at the 2016 ANA Inspiration in California.
“It just shows that it’s not someone who’s playing well, all the players are playing great,” Ko said. “You’re not getting carried away about, ‘Hey, I’m playing against this one person.’ The LPGA is a very global tour.”
When she was No. 1 as a teenager, Ko appeared to be as dominant as Annika Sorenstam was more than a decade ago. But the 20-year-old Ko has struggled and is not among the season’s 20 winners, though she was runner-up last weekend at the Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis.
“It would be a lie to say, ‘Hey, no, I’ve been cool, calm and collected the whole way.’ I was frustrated but you just have to be patient,” Ko said at Evian Resort…