EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE | There was a possible problem looming for the 25th Evian Championship as starting times for the second round were brought forward to the tune of 30 minutes because of storms forecast for the evening and the weekend. What is more, since there has been no rain in the area for six weeks, people were suggesting that it could be “raining ropes,” which is apparently the French equivalent of cats and dogs.
Yet whatever happened weather-wise, there was no chance of the championship being cut to 54 holes as happened in 2013 and again in 2017 when the event was played in September. In keeping with its major status, it will carry on to the end, even if that means a still tighter turnaround between Evian and next week’s AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn.
In spite of the theory Justin Rose advanced at Royal Portrush about a man needing more than a month between majors, most of the women were not making too much fuss at the prospect of a reduction in the number of days – from three to two – between their majors of th...
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