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Evian Championship: Pajali Annanal Khan and Yealimi Noh lead in first round

19-year-old Yealimi Noh started his first round with a two-stroke eagle
-6 P Anannarukarn (Tha); -6 Y Noh (USA); -Five L Stevenson (USA); -Five E Pedersen (Den); -Five J Lee (Jap); -Five Thitikul; -Five Furue (Jap)
Others selected:-1 C Hull (Eng); +1 K Jin Young (Kol); +3 N Korda (USA)
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Thailand’s Pajari Annanal Khan and America’s Yealimi Noh will sit clearly at the top of the Evian Championship leaderboard from day one.

In the 65th round, both players finished the sixth day with a par on a hot and humid day on the shores of Lake Geneva, France.

22-year-old Ananaru Khan released a bogey-free round, and 19-year-old Noh shared the lead by hitting 5 birdies with Eagle.

Five players chase after them with five unders, but the world’s number one Nelly Corda is far off the lead after 74 rounds.

Five bogies, including a shot of fresh air from the bunker, saw American Corda end in a three-over par in pursuit of a second major.

Noh, a compatriot of Corda, first made a fierce start with a par 4 eagle.

“I haven’t done it before, but it can be difficult if it starts well,” Noh said.

Meanwhile, Anannarukarn seemed to be focused as she bid on the first major and part of the $ 4.5 million (£ 3.26 million) prize pool in her third professional season.

“There’s a long way to go. I hope I can go out and do the same tomorrow,” she said.

Under the lead, Americans Lauren Stephenson, Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, Japan’s Jeongeun Lee, and Thailand’s Ataya Tickle have dropped out of the lead and are fighting before the second day.

Former genius Tickle was one of the early starters to tee off at 08:42 local time with a group including Charley Hull of England.

Titicle is the youngest player to win a pro tournament when he won the 2017 Thai Championship at just 14 years old, the top amateur at the 2018 British Open, and won the Czech Open last month.

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself. Just go out and have fun,” Tickle said after 66 rounds.

Defending champion Ko Jin-young, who is second in the world, also suffered a tough round with Corda and shot five bogies.

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Evian Championship: Pajali Annanal Khan and Yealimi Noh lead in first round

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