The test and record leadership of Jeongeun Lee6, the elimination of Giulia Molinaro. These are the main verdicts of the second round of the Evian Championship where the Lee6 was the protagonist of an authentic show. With a bogey free round (with ten birdies) closed in 61 (-10) strokes the South Korean equaled the best set in a major tournament, male or female.
Not only. Her total score, 127 (66 61, -15) strokes, is also the lowest after 36 holes in the history of a Grand Slam event. Not even Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship in 2019 with 128 managed to do better. And in the middle of the race Lee6 has three shots clear of the Thai Ariya Yutanugarn (who last week, paired with her sister Moriya, won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational) and Pajaree Anannarukarn (in the lead after 18 holes with the American Noh ), both runners-up with 130 (-12).
Jeongeun Lee6, Evian Championship
She retrieves Nelly Korda. The world number 1 has risen from 99 / a to 40 / a position with 141 (-1). Same score for the South Korean Jin Young Ko, reigning champion (she won the tournament in 2019, the competition was canceled for Covid in 2020).
Giulia Molinaro's tournament ended after 36 holes. The only blue in the race, 78 / a with 144 (72 72, +2), she was unable to overcome the cut. On her 31st birthday, the Evian Championship ends here for her. And now the Venetian proette will focus on the Olympics.
In Tokyo, from 4 to 7 August, she will represent Italgolf, together with Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, in the women's individual competition. Now it's official, Francesco Molinari misses the Tokyo Olympics. A consultation with his doctor has dispelled all doubts: the Turinese golfer will not be able to recover in time - for the men's individual competition scheduled from 29 July to 1 August at the Kasumigaseki Country Club - from a back injury that has tormented him from time and that had already forced him to skip, among other appointments, the PGA Championship, second Major of 2021.
Renato Paratore is ready in his place. "I'm trying to find the right words, but I can't find them. I have a back problem that has held me back for most of the season and which now unfortunately prevents me from representing my country in the most important sporting event in the world.
For all Italian athletes hoping to be able to participate in the Olympics in the future " Thus, on twitter, Francesco Molinari motivated the choice of him. Difficult, for an athlete who had already decided to forfeit the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus).
And that after the worldwide triumphs of 2018 (his record year), he hasn't found success since March 2019 (Arnold Palmer Invitational, PGA Tour). Nothing to do, not even this time. The Piedmontese will not fly to Japan where Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro, Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso and, probably (the official green light of the International Golf Federation is expected, after the request of the Italia Team), by Renato Paratore.
That after winning a gold medal (in the individual competition) and a bronze medal (in tandem with Virginia Elena Carta) at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (China), is preparing to fly to Tokyo to chase a great result alongside of many world leaders.