Power Rankings: 2014 Evian Championship


This week marks the final two-event fantasy week this season, as the LPGA conducts its fifth and final major at the Evian Championship. An elite field will tee it up this week in Evian-les-Bains, France, with the event in its second year as a major championship.

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Suzann Pettersen returns to defend the title that she won here a year ago by two shots over Lydia Ko. Here are 10 names to watch in France:

1. Stacy Lewis: Her tie for sixth here last year came on the heels of back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2012. The No. 1 player in the world has had a stellar 2014 campaign, but she has yet to hoist a major championship this year and has one final chance to join the other three Americans, along with Inbee Park, who have already done so this year.

2. Lydia Ko: Last year's runner-up has one final chance to eclipse Young Tom Morris as the youngest major champion in golf. The 17-year-old has a pair of wins already this year and finished third at the most recent major championship, the Wegmans LPGA Championship, last month.

3. Inbee Park: After Americans dominated the first three majors, Park snuck up and claimed the Wegmans LPGA Championship in a playoff over Brittany Lincicome for her fourth major title in her last nine major starts. She followed that up with a third-place finish in Canada and boasts four results in a row of fourth or better.

4. Suzann Pettersen: The defending champ pulled away from the field a year ago, and now returns to France on the heels of six straight results of T-16 or better. After battling injury during the first part of 2014, the Norwegian now has a clean bill of health and should be in contention for the second year in a row.

5. So Yeon Ryu: The Korean won last month in Canada, and enters the final major of the year on a hot streak that includes three top-three finishes in her last four starts, with the outlier still netting a T-13 result at the Wegmans. She tied for fourth a year ago and hasn't finished worse than T-32 in three career Evian starts.

6. Karrie Webb: The veteran can still hang with players half her age, and she tends to thrive on this venue. Webb won the Evian in 2006, one of four top-five finishes she has in France since 2003, and tied for 15th in last year's rain-shortened edition.

7. Lexi Thompson: Thompson finished third at Evian a year ago, and tied for second in her 2010 debut in France. While she has cooled since her torrid start to the year that included a major win, her length off the tee will once again prove a sizeable advantage on a course where she has experienced prior success.

8. Na Yeon Choi: Choi tied for fifth in her most recent start in Portland, a result that came on the heels of a runner-up showing at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. While she hasn't cracked the top 20 in the last three years in France, she did have a three-year run from 2008-2010 that included a pair of runner-up finishes and a tie for eighth.

9. Shanshan Feng: Feng has showed up this year in the majors, with four finishes that ranged from a runner-up (Ricoh Women's British Open) to a T-15 (U.S. Women's Open). She tied for 11th at Evian last year, and managed a T-4 finish in 2012 after going 68-66 across the weekend.

10. Cristie Kerr: Kerr has been in contention for much of the summer, and enters this week off a string of four top-10 finishes in her last seven starts, including a pair of runner-ups. While she missed the cut at this event last year, she had five straight results of T-31 or better from 2008-2012, including a pair of top-10s.