Park revives Evian Championship ambitions in controversial first round re-run

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South Korea's Sung Hyun Park led on 63, and she certainly made the most of the decision to wipe out the first day's play and turn it into a 54-hole event.

Rain and strong winds on Thursday saw scores voided and the tournament reduced to 54 holes at the Evian Resort Golf Club, with conditions far friendly for Friday's action.

Sophia Schubert, the US Women's Amateur Champion, made her mark playing alongside the professionals with an impressive opening 68, two better than defending champion Chun In Gee and seven ahead of world No. 1, Ryu So Yeon.

"The LPGA does all their best to make it fair for every single player here so you just have to go with it and luckily I was able to put in a good round today". She had been 6 over through just five holes in the rain and wind on Thursday morning before play was abandoned and all scores wiped from the record.

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With seven birdies and a chip-in eagle at the 13th, Park led by two shots from Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn with Australian Katherine Kirk, Sweden's Anna Nordqvist on 66. Jessica Korda of the United States and Women's British Open victor In-Kyung Kim were a further shot back on 4 under.

"I was obviously hoping that it was going to be short, but it definitely has been a little bit of a process, longer than expected", Nordqvist said of her recovery.

English veteran Laura Davies, who won the last of her four majors 21 years ago, shot a 2-under 69 that included six birdies and four bogeys. It looks like it's plenty of good chances out there today. "I just focused on my play today". "I rolled the ball very good, and just trying to keep going and like see a good shot and just relax on the golf course".

Ryu suffered a six-shot swing having been 2 under and sharing the lead with Korda on Thursday when play stopped. With a late tee time on Thursday, Jutanugarn never had to hit a shot, but instead enjoyed the day off and was well rested for Friday's round.

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"I would be lying if I said I wasn't surprised", Park said. "I just need to concentrate on myself".

She almost captured her first career major title at last year's Evian Championship before settling for a second-place finish.

The 24-year-old had started with four bogeys and a double bogey in a seemingly calamitous start.

The US Women's Open champion was six over par for six holes played on Thursday.

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American Paula Creamer was forced to withdraw on Friday with a sprained tendon in her left wrist.

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