Author of a card of 63 (-8), the Japanese Ayaka Furue took the lead in The Amundi Evian Championship at the end of the first round, this Thursday. She is one step ahead of Canadian Brooke Henderson and American Nelly Korda (-7). First Frenchwoman, Perrine Delacour returned a card of 66 (-5) to take 5th place.
In two participations (2017 and 2021), the native of Laon had never crossed the cut failing always very close to the ax. Maybe ancient history. Delacour, seven birdies and two bogeys, can even aim for the heights with his very solid 66 (-5) inaugural. Its best menu in Haute-Savoie. The Frenchwoman, who last week signed a good performance in doubles on the LPGA with a 15th place finish, is fifth in the company of world No. 1, Jin Young Ko, winner here in 2019 or Lidya Ko, winner in 2015.
La Picarde was particularly satisfied with her putting: “I played very well and I was very solid in putting. I had to make only three putts once. And I came back to make birdies and good putts to save pars in crucial moments. ” Well supported by the experienced Fred Bonnargent, Delacour did not fall into the traps on the course: “It helps a lot. He knows the course perfectly. We’ve been working together for a year and a half. We made good choices, so I’m very happy. I’m starting to get to know the course better. Do not always play flags but play areas on the green to avoid impossible chips. A good omen: “We’re going to have to continue having fun on the course. The hardest thing is not to focus on the result. I’m only three shots off the lead. We will have to be patient tomorrow.”
The top of the ranking is occupied by the Japanese Ayaka Furue, very comfortable this Thursday with a sublime 63 (-8), rich in 9 birdies, with in particular five enquillés between holes five and nine: “I like this course , and with the good vibrations of last year, underlines the leader, fourth last year on the Champions Course at the Evian golf Resort with four cards in the 60s. We will have to count on her once again this week. “My putting was very good today. I just want to enjoy my game. I had a good day and I want to keep going day after day. »
Furue is one shot ahead of Canadian Brooke Henderson and world number three Nelly Korda, who returned cards of 64 (-7). The American Cheyenne Knight is alone in fourth place at -6 (65). While the Australian Minjee Lee, defending champion, is content with 39th place at -1, the three other French women in the running are further on the leaderboard. In difficulty on her first nine holes, (+2), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard managed two birdies on the last nine holes to finish in par (71). “My iron shots were good, slips the Drôme. There were a few frustrating face-offs and some strategic errors in places, but I can’t say it was a bad first day. So I take (laughs). At hole 9, a spectator told me ‘there are 9 holes left’. It relaxed me a bit.”
She is one step ahead of the French number one Céline Boutier, (+1). Bad start with her two bogeys on her first two holes (10 and 11), the Francilienne returned to par, before conceding a bogey at 8 (her 17th hole). “Starting with two bogeys is not ideal but I was able to put myself in a birdie position towards the middle of the course but the putts did not return, blows the 23rd player in the world. My game is not that far, it will especially have to rectify the putting. And find better speed by being more aggressive. I’m going to try to score as low as possible… ”The best French player savored the reception from the public, very present on her part: I have the impression that it’s been a long time since I’ve been here when it’s going back to last September (victory at the Women’s French Open). It’s nice to play in front of your audience” After a bad start (+4 after 8 holes), Agathe Laisné was able to get back to the place to also return a first card of 72 (+1). She can hope to cross her first hard cut on the shores of Lake Geneva.