The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the five Grand Slam tournaments in women’s golf, returns to the fairways at the Evian Resort Golf Club after having been postponed in 2020 due to Covid. The field will bring together the world’s leading players including our own Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow.
With its prize money increased to $4,500,000, the tournament is the first in a series of key events in the women’s global golf season, which in particular includes the Tokyo Olympic Games, the AIG Women’s Open and the Solheim Cup. All of the leading international players will be in Evian, led by the world’s top 3, the American Nelly Korda, the defending champion from South Korea Jin Young Ko, and her compatriot and Olympic champion Inbee Park.
“This year is symbolically the start of a new life cycle for the tournament! With Amundi, Rolex and evian®, the Sponsors Club is strengthened, enabling us to continue to carry out our mission as a major championship: always provide the players with more means to practice their sport in the best possible conditions, contribute to developing young talent and contribute to giving exposure to women’s golf worldwide,” explains Franck Riboud, Chairman of The Amundi Evian Championship. “It is with this ambition in mind that the prize money has been increased this year, that The Lake Course has been added to improve facilities at the Evian Resort Golf Club Academy and why we are changing our eligibility criteria to make them more competitive and contribute to bringing young talent around the world to the fore, through the awarding of wildcards for example. ”
“We cannot wait to see everyone from the world of women’s golf again at the Evian Resort after this long period of Covid. After a difficult year for everyone, it is of course a joy for the team to bring the unique experience of The Amundi Evian Championship to life again, both for the fans and for our partners, the media and of course the players.” Jacques Bungert, Vice-Chairman of The Amundi Evian Championship is delighted to say.“Particularly for the players, as the sporting stakes of the series of events that we commence at the end of July which runs through to the Solheim Cup, is significant. More than ever before, as far as we are concerned, we are continuing to implement our ambition to serve women’s sport and women’s global golf in particular. It’s very exciting to be part of and contribute to this momentum, visible through the arrival on the stage of these talented young players who are taking the helm of the world rankings, and with no less than 26 nationalities present! Apart from that, we will of course be remaining very cautious and vigilant to ensure that health and safety measures are observed, but honestly, we can’t wait to open the show! ”
France is well represented with the French number 1 Céline Boutier on top form after her 7th place finish at the last Major, and following in her footsteps are Perrine Delacour, who will represent France at the Olympic Games the following week, along with Céline Herbin, Lucie Malchirand and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard. On the other side of the lake, support will be for Morgane Métraux, who won the US Qualifiers, and Albane Valenzuela, a regular at the Evian Resort Golf Club, where she has competed in the Arnold Palmer Cup, The Evian Juniors Cup and of course The Amundi Evian Championship.