Expert Picks: 2014 Evian Championship


Inbee Park has won four of the last nine majors. (Getty)

This week marks the fifth major of the LPGA season, as players head to France for the Evian Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Inbee Park: In her last four starts she has finished first, second, third and fourth, including a victory at the last major (Wegmans LPGA Championship).

Group 2: Paula Creamer: At the beginning of the season the veteran said it was time to start focusing on winning major championships and the Evian is her last chance in 2014.

Group 3: Yani Tseng: She closed with a final-round 67 in her last event and has a history of solid play at the Evian with top-15 finishes in 2011 and ’10.

Group 4: Cheyenne Woods: Because she’s the only Woods who can still win a major this season.

Will Gray

Group 1: Stacy Lewis: The world No. 1 has a stellar record at this event, and she's been in contention nearly every week this season. After watching three other Americans hoist major trophies in 2014, this could be her week to join their ranks.

Group 2: Shanshan Feng: Feng has been in the mix at every major this season, and this week should prove no different. Finished T-11 here last year and T-4 in 2012 after going 68-66 over the weekend.

Group 3: Ai Miyazato: Going with past course history over current form. Miyazato has struggled in 2014, but she won this event in 2009 and 2011 and has cracked the top 25 in France each of the past five years.

Group 4: Jaye Marie Green: After earning medalist honors at Q-School last year, she's struggled somewhat in her rookie campaign but has the game to turn her season around with a single strong week.