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Andy Zunz
Stacy Lewis grabbed a share of the lead through one round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.
Stacy Lewis grabbed a share of the lead through one round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

There's a world No. 1 sighting at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala.

Stacy Lewis fired a 64 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (Senator), sharing the first-round lead with Mi Jung Hur.

Lewis is looking for her first win since June, when she won both the Shoprite LPGA Classic and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and finished runner-up at the U.S. Women's Open. She closed her bogey-free round Thursday with five birdies on the final six holes, shooting a 5-under 31 on the back.

Hur fired a bogey-free 8-under 64, with four birdies on ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Sadena Parks has earned her LPGA tour card while playing on the Symetra Tour.
Sadena Parks has earned her LPGA tour card while playing on the Symetra Tour.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Mary Lou Mulflur had her back turned the first time she heard Sadena Parks hit a golf shot. That sound, so powerful and pure, was all it took to hook the Washington head women's coach.

Mulflur describes Parks as a born leader. Although Parks wasn’t the most decorated player in the state that year, Mulflur eagerly recruited her.

Such is the powerful charm of Sadena Parks.

“She hits shots most people wouldn’t even try,” Mulflur said.

Parks has a heavy dose of imagination, athleticism, style and confidence that blends to create something uncommon on ...

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September 18, 2014 | 1:48 p.m.

Royal & Ancient votes to admit women as members

Alistair Tait
Lorena Ochoa plays a shot at St. Andrews in 2007.
Lorena Ochoa plays a shot at St. Andrews in 2007.

After 260 years, equality finally has come to the most powerful and influential golf club in the world. Members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, have voted in favor of women joining the club.

Royal & Ancient secretary Peter Dawson, who also acts as chief executive of the R&A, made the announcement to waiting media outside the Royal & Ancient clubhouse at St. Andrews.

“I am very pleased indeed to announce that the membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has voted overwhelmingly in favor of welcoming women members,” Dawson said.

“More than three ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Lindy Duncan during practice for the 2014 Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Lindy Duncan during practice for the 2014 Symetra Tour Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – During each of the past seven years, someone from outside the top 10 on the Symetra Tour money list has swooped in at the Tour Championship to secure an LPGA card. With the top six players on the money list assured full status for 2015, four cards still are up for grabs this week at LPGA International.

Lindy Duncan, a four-time first-team All-American at Duke, is primed to play the spoiler. Duncan sits 13th on the money list and needs to post at least a top-nine finish in the season finale to snag a card.

“I’m ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Michelle Wie celebrates an eagle putt on the 10th green during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.
Michelle Wie celebrates an eagle putt on the 10th green during the final round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.

Michelle Wie was exploring ice caves in France while her peers battled on at the year’s fifth major, yet she still took home a trophy.

Wie, who withdrew from the first round of the Evian Championship on Sept. 11, citing an injury to her right hand, returned to the 18th green Sunday at Evian-les-Bains, France, to accept the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award, given to the best major-championship performer of the season. A player must win one of the LPGA's five majors to be eligible for the award.

Wie, who made the cut in only two of the ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Hyo Joo Kim during Sunday's final round of the LPGA's 2014 Evian Championship in France.
Hyo Joo Kim during Sunday's final round of the LPGA's 2014 Evian Championship in France.

Thursday's first-round 61 did the heavy lifting for Hyo Joo Kim, but her 68 Sunday needed an 18th-hole birdie to wrap up her first major title at the Evian Championship.

Kim, a 19-year-old from South Korea who turned pro two years ago next month, edged Karrie Webb by a shot at Evian Resort GC in Evian-les-Bains, France. It's also Kim's first LPGA win overall.

"I feel very happy, like a bird," Kim told Associated Press with the help of a translator. "I want to fly in the sky."

Making the turn in 2 under thanks to a ...

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September 13, 2014 | 1:10 p.m.

Hyo Joo Kim holds Evian Championship lead

Andy Zunz
Hyo Joo Kim watches her ball on the second hole during the third round of the Evian Championship.
Hyo Joo Kim watches her ball on the second hole during the third round of the Evian Championship.

Scores

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After a round-one birdie barrage, Hyo Joo Kim has carded two straight rounds of 1-over 72 to hold the third-round lead at The Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, leading veteran Karrie Webb by one stroke.

Two days after Kim, 19, set a LPGA Tour record for recording the lowest round in a major, scores have evened out at the Evian Resort Golf Club, with the low round being 67 from Na Yeon Choi and Jane Park. No one inside the top-five shot a round in the 60s Saturday.

Kim coupled four birdies with five bogeys for a one-stroke lead ...

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Cassie Stein
Brittany Lincicome watches her ball on the sixth hole during the second round of The Evian Championship.
Brittany Lincicome watches her ball on the sixth hole during the second round of The Evian Championship.

Scores

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Brittany Lincicome fired a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the second round of The Evian Championship to take a one-shot lead over South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim.

Lincicome, who held the 36-hole lead after this year’s LPGA Championship, made six birdies on Friday at The Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France. She is looking to claim the second major title of her career.

Lincicome gave credit to her putting as she limited mistakes in the second round to get to 10 under for the tournament.

“Even when I felt like I didn't hit a good shot ...

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September 11, 2014 | 2:57 p.m.

FINAL SCORES: Evian Championship

Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 in the first round of the Evian Championship.
Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 in the first round of the Evian Championship.

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Categories: LPGA, 2014
Andy Zunz
Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 in the first round of the Evian Championship.
Hyo-Joo Kim shot 10-under 61 in the first round of the Evian Championship.

Scores

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On a day where Michelle Wie's re-injured finger might be the most dominant story, Hyo-Joo Kim was the most dominant player.

Kim, a 19-year-old from South Korea, shot a 10-under 61 in the first round of The Evian Championship, grabbing a four-stroke lead through 18 holes of the LPGA Tour's final major.

From Kim pulling away in the tournament to Wie pulling out of the tournament, here are 5 Things you need to know:

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1. RECORD-SETTING ROUND: Kim fired a bogey-free 61 at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, making 10 birdies and history along ...

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Golfweek Staff
Michelle Wie withdrew from The Evian Championship after completing 13 holes in the first round.
Michelle Wie withdrew from The Evian Championship after completing 13 holes in the first round.

Michelle Wie's return to the LPGA didn't last long.

Wie, out for the past month with an acute stress fracture in her right index finger, withdrew from the Evian Championship, the LPGA's fifth and final major championship of the season, during the first round Thursday in Evian-les-Bains, France.

"It sucks right now," Wie told The Golf Channel. "I really wanted to play this week. This tournament is just so special."

Wie was 5 over through 13 holes when she withdrew. She started her round on hole No. 10, playing the back nine in 3 over with one ...

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September 10, 2014 | 3:54 p.m.

Evian Championship: Tee times, Rounds 1-2

Andy Zunz
Michelle Wie returns for a 1:21 p.m. local tee time at The Evian Championship.
Michelle Wie returns for a 1:21 p.m. local tee time at The Evian Championship.

Michelle Wie returns in time to contend for her second major of the year, Lydia Ko makes a bid at becoming a 17-year-old major winner and Suzann Pettersen defends her title.

There are plenty of star-studded storylines taking form at The Evian Championship this week, the LPGA Tour's final major of the season.

One of the top groups to watch will be Pettersen, Ko and Lexi Thompson, who tee off at 8:41 a.m. local time and 2:41 a.m. Eastern.

Here are more facts and figures for the 2014 Evian Championship:

• WHEN/WHERE: Thursday-Sunday, Evian Resort ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Stacy Lewis will aim to join Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park as LPGA major winners in 2014 and claim her first since last year's Women's British Open.
Stacy Lewis will aim to join Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Inbee Park as LPGA major winners in 2014 and claim her first since last year's Women's British Open.

It’s Season 2 of the LPGA’s five-major schedule and we’re still getting used to the idea of a post-Labor Day major taking place on another continent. What happens this week at the Evian Championship in France counts as much as what happened at Pinehurst when it comes down to the only thing that really defines greatness: major championships.

That’s good news for a player such as World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, who has enjoyed a consistent year at the majors – third, second, tie for 12th and a tie for sixth – but no trophies.

“I think you ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Michelle Wie will compete in the Evian Championship, her first tournament since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic Aug. 7 with an acute stress fracture in her right index finger.
Michelle Wie will compete in the Evian Championship, her first tournament since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic Aug. 7 with an acute stress fracture in her right index finger.

Michelle Wie is working up to 18 holes. She played five holes on Monday, 13 on Tuesday and hopes to get to 18 by Thursday. It’s an understandable goal, considering that Round 1 of the Evian Championship – the fifth and final major championship of the LPGA season – begins in two days.

“I’m definitely one club less, not hitting it as far as I want to,” said Wie, who is coming off of an acute stress fracture in her right index finger. “But at the same time, I’m just really excited that I can hit balls, that I ...

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September 6, 2014 | 9:29 p.m.

Australian standout Minjee Lee opts to turn pro

Beth Ann Nichols

Minjee Lee turned professional one day after leading Team Australia to victory at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. Eighteen-year-old Lee, the world’s top-ranked amateur since February, will make her professional debut at the Evian Championship. She has signed with IMG and will be managed by Kevin Hopkins.

“As my professional career begins, I am very happy to have the support of my team at IMG,” Lee said in a Sunday news release. “It is a thrill for me to begin this stage of my career at the Evian and I look forward to the journey ...

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