Park grouped with Ko, Lewis at Evian


The LPGA's fifth and final major kicks off with the top three players in the world grouped together. Here are some featured groups to keep an eye on during the early rounds in France at the Evian Championship (all times ET):

Lexi Thompson, Sandra Gal, Paula Creamer: 2:18 a.m. Thursday, 6:58 a.m. Friday

This trio will be a de facto Solheim Cup preview, as all three players will tee it up next week in Germany, where Gal will receive plenty of fan support. This week, though, the spotlight is on Creamer, who was added to the U.S. Solheim roster despite a lack of current form. She'll look to rebound on a course where she has four straight top-20 finishes, while Thompson looks for a second major title and her third straight top-10 at Evian.

Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis: 2:40 a.m. Thursday, 7:20 a.m. Friday

The top three players in the world will play the first 36 holes together, as Park looks to win her fifth different major. She won the Evian in 2012, before it was declared a major, although the LPGA considers her win this summer at the Ricoh Women's British Open the completion of the career Grand Slam. Park also won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, giving her a chance this week to win three majors in a year for the second time in the last three years. Ko was a runner-up in 2013 and remains in search of her first major win, while Lewis hasn't won a tournament in over a year despite a number of close calls, including a playoff loss to Ko in Canada last month.

Michelle Wie, Anna Nordqvist, Cristie Kerr: 2:51 a.m. Thursday, 7:31 a.m. Friday

After a breakthrough season in 2014, Wie's current campaign has been marred by injuries. She'll look to bounce back from her latest setback in France, where she hasn't cracked the top 20 since runner-up finishes in both 2005 and 2006. She'll be joined by Nordqvist, who earned her fifth LPGA title earlier this year in New Jersey, and Kerr, whose best finish at Evian was a T-3 result in 2009.

So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Hyo Joo Kim: 7:20 a.m. Thursday, 2:40 a.m. Friday

This group brings together the two women who have won this event as a major, as Pettersen captured the title in 2013 when rain shortened the proceedings to 54 holes, while Kim became the youngest major champion in LPGA history on the heels of her record-breaking 61 in the opening round. The group will be rounded out by Ryu, who earned her lone major title at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open but enters this week at No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings.