EVIAN LES-BAINS, France – Inbee Park’s bid to become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a single season was set back Friday with a penalty that knocked her off stride in a 3-over-par 74 in her start to the Evian Championship.
Park was even par making the turn, but she got derailed at No. 2, her 11th hole. That’s where she stepped over a putt and her ball moved. With the one-stroke penalty, Park made double bogey instead of a bogey. She made two more bogeys and a birdie finishing up.
“I didn’t address the ball, I just grounded my club to finish, but the rule was changed so now when you ground the club you’ve addressed it,” Park said. “It wasn’t a horrible day, but it could have been even par without the penalty and a couple bad shots around the green.”
Park won the Evian last year, before the course was redesigned and designated as a major championship.
“It’s a totally different course,” Park said. “It’s definitely tougher, definitely longer.”