Evian Championship's debut doesn't go as expected


EVIAN LES-BAINS, France – This couldn’t have been how the Evian Championship imagined making its debut as the LPGA’s fifth major.

There was Thursday’s washout of the opening round.

There was Friday’s start with patches of bare grass marked as ground under repair and with lift, clean and place in effect. There were complaints of bumpy greens in the afternoon’s first round.

Then, at day’s end, there was the announcement that the championship will be shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather in the forecast.

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“It played how I thought it would play,” said Stacy Lewis, the Rolex world No. 2, who is trying to win back-to-back majors. “I still don’t know if we should be playing a major on this golf course this year. I think it’s too early. A couple of fairways haven’t been cut in a while, you can tell. It’s really a shame, because it’s a great place to come and it’s usually a great golf course. It’s just a shame we’re playing a major on something like this.”

Suzann Pettersen was tied for the lead before missing a short putt at the 18th hole.

“The greens were probably better in the morning,” Pettersen said. “They’re fairly wet, and with all the footprints and everything, you need to have a few bounces going your way.”