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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.

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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.

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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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Beth Ann Nichols
Kim Kaufman during the second round of the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic.
Kim Kaufman during the second round of the LPGA's 2014 Marathon Classic.

Kim Kaufman grew up in Clark, S.D. , a sleepy town with a bank, grocery store, three bars, a diner and no traffic lights.

“We grill out a lot,” Kaufman said. Unless, of course, a blizzard rolls through town, which happened so often one year that her entire high school golf season was canceled until the postseason.

Kaufman, who had 20 in her graduating class at Clark High, grew up on a nine-hole course with no water hazards and no bunkers. She has had the same instructor, Todd Kolb of Sioux Falls, since age 6. She caught the eye of ...

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August 31, 2014 | 9:39 p.m.

Austin Ernst wins LPGA's Portland Classic

Cassie Stein
Austin Ernst won the LPGA's Portland Classic on Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Austin Ernst won the LPGA's Portland Classic on Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

Austin Ernst captured the LPGA’s Portland Classic in a playoff Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.

Ernst, who shot a final-round 5-under 67, bogeyed her last two holes in regulation to finish at 14-under 274 for the tournament. South Korea’s I.K. Kim was still on the course, but couldn’t get anything to drop over her final three holes.

Ernst and Kim headed into a playoff on the par-4 18th where the 2011 NCAA individual champion two-putted from 40 feet to collect her first professional win.

This was Ernst’s first top 10 of ...

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Andy Zunz
Suzann Pettersen shared the lead through three rounds at the Portland Classic.
Suzann Pettersen shared the lead through three rounds at the Portland Classic.

Suzann Pettersen made a charge Saturday at the Portland Classic, shooting 5-under a 67 for the second straight day and seizing a share of the lead.

Pettersen enters the final round of the tournament, which is held at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, at 11 under, along with Mi Jung Hur and Carlota Ciganda.

Pettersen fired four birdies on the day and an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. She's looking for her first LPGA Tour win of the year.

So Yeon Ryu, Xi Yu Lin and I.K. Kim are tied for fourth, onle one shot back at 10 ...

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August 30, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.

LPGA Q-School: Tubert wins, 102 advance

Andy Zunz
Emily Tubert took medalist honors at Stage I of LPGA Q-School.
Emily Tubert took medalist honors at Stage I of LPGA Q-School.

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Emily Tubert came out on top, but 102 golfers will advace to Stage II after finishing at 10 over or better at Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Tubert shot a 12-under 276 through 72 holes, finishing five strokes better than runner-up Annie Park Friday.

Sammi Stevens came in third at 6 under, and Alison Lee and Katherine Perry tied for fourth at 5 under. Park, w USC Trojan, Lee, a UCLA Bruin, were the only amateurs in the top five.

The 102 golfers to advance – everyone who finished ...

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August 29, 2014 | 10:08 p.m.

I.K. Kim retains lead at Portland Classic

Cassie Stein
I.K. Kim leads by three at the LPGA's Portland Classic.
I.K. Kim leads by three at the LPGA's Portland Classic.

I.K. Kim retained the lead at the LPGA's Portland Classic on Friday with a second-round 5-under 67.

Kim, of South Korea, made seven birdies and two bogeys on the day after hitting 11 of 14 fairways in Round 2 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore.

She is looking for her first victory of the season. Her best finish thus far was T-13 at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

Kim holds a three-shot lead over Mi Jung Hur (65), Carlota Ciganda (65) and Laura Diaz (68).

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen followed her opening 71 with a 5-under ...

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Categories: Cassie Stein, Pro, LPGA, 2014
August 29, 2014 | 1:09 p.m.

I.K. Kim leads LPGA's Portland Classic

I.K. Kim during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.
I.K. Kim during the second round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open at Sebonack in Southampton, N.Y.

I.K. Kim birdied the first four holes on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Portland Classic.

The South Korean player birdied seven of the first 13 holes and closed her afternoon round with five straight pars. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010.

"I hit the ball well and made some putts coming down ... there was a couple of tricky holes coming down the stretch, so I'm very pleased with how I finished. Solid round, yeah," Kim said. "My game's feeling ...

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Andy Zunz
Emily Tubert shared the lead through two rounds at Stage I of LPGA Q-School.
Emily Tubert shared the lead through two rounds at Stage I of LPGA Q-School.

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Three players share the lead through 36 holes of Stage I at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Emily Tubert, Yu Liu and Kaylin Yost were tied at 5 under at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., through two rounds of play.

The top 100 players and ties out of the field of 285 will advance to the second stage, which will be held at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., Sept. 30–Oct. 4. The field is playing both the 6,525-yard Palmer Course and the 6,544-yard Dinah Shore course this week at Mission Hills ...

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Categories: Andy Zunz, LPGA, 2014

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