The Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-Les-Bains, France, is renowned as one of the sport’s most beautiful venues. Located between the pristine shores of Lake Geneva and the majestic summits of the Alps, the resort’s Champions Course will challenge even the game’s best talents. From July 21–24, one hundred and thirty-two elite female golfers from around the world gather in the Evian Resort Golf Club’s spectacular surroundings to contest The 2022 Amundi Evian Championship.
The Amundi Evian Championship is the only Major played in continental Europe, and Rolex, the Swiss luxury European watch brand and partner of the event for more than 20 years, will once again be present as the Official Timekeeper of the 2022 tournament.
Rolex has partnered with the Evian Championship since 2000 as part of a long-standing commitment to golf. The association with this particular event reflects Rolex’s pioneering role in the women’s game. A partner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) for more than 40 years, it is the Official Timekeeper of all five women’s Majors.
As one of these pre-eminent events in women’s golf, this year’s Championship has had a considerable increase in prize money, with a total of $6.5 million available and $1 million awarded to the winner.
Following this decision, LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan said: “Elevating the purse of this Major championship makes a powerful statement about the value and status of the women’s game and the strong commitment of Amundi […] and Rolex to advance the LPGA and our world-class athletes.”
Rolex will also present “The Prize for a Better Tomorrow,” which recognizes initiatives linked to women’s golf that have a positive societal impact and champion excellence, generosity, continuity and inspiration.
The award will be presented during the proceedings at Évian-les-Bains. In 2019, Rolex Testimonee Lorena Ochoa, a former World No. 1 and two-time Major winner, received the inaugural prize for her work with underprivileged children in her native Mexico.
Among the past winners returning to play at The Amundi Evian Championship is Rolex Testimonee Lydia Ko. In 2015, aged 18, the Korean-born New Zealander won by six strokes, making her the youngest woman to win a Major championship.
Speaking ahead of this week’s competition, Ko said:
“Having enjoyed success in my amateur days and winning my first Major here in 2015, the Amundi Evian Championship will always be very special to me. Playing at the Evian Resort Golf Club is always a highlight of the season due to its spectacular setting and the unique atmosphere at the Championship, thanks to the whole city of Évian-les-Bains, which turns out to provide its support. I look forward to experiencing this unique atmosphere again and competing against some of the leading players in the world.”
Joining Ko is another previous winner, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist, whose playoff victory in 2017 secured the second of her three Major triumphs. The win elevated her into distinguished company alongside fellow Rolex Testimonee and compatriot Annika Sörenstam as a multiple winner of golf’s biggest prizes.
The New Guards
Competing alongside these established champions will be the Rolex New Guard, a group of supremely talented young golfers who play with skill, integrity, and respect for the game’s traditions.
Swiss No. 1 Albane Valenzuela, runner-up at the 2017 and 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur, and best-performed amateur at The Amundi Evian Championship three years ago, will be hoping to secure a first Major victory.
A former member of the Rolex New Guard, Brooke Henderson, will also be competing. Boasting multiple wins on the LPGA Tour, she continues to inspire the next generation of players to follow in her footsteps. She will be vying to add to her Major tally. The Canadian is currently ranked in the top 10 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.