Evian Masters 2012: Early Round Stars Who Will Shine Through the Weekend

Nathan GieseSenior Analyst IIJuly 26, 2012

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 26:  Stacy Lewis of the United States of America looks on during day one of the Evian Masters at the Evian Masters Golf Club on July 26, 2012 in Evian-les-Bains, France.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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After one round of golf at the 2012 Evian Masters, Stacy Lewis (-9) leads the pack by two strokes over Hee Young Park. The two of them have stood out amongst the rest of the pack so far, but there are still three more days of action before the champion can be crowned.

Now the question remains, who will maintain the success they have had thus far and continue it through Sunday? There are a few who have the the capability to shine throughout the rest of the tournament. Here they are.


Stacy Lewis: -9 through Round 1

With two wins already this year—Mobile Bay LPGA Classic by one stroke; ShopRite LPGA Classic by four strokes—Stacy Lewis is prepped and ready to take over women's golf. Winning the Evian Masters tournament will cement her as the new face of the LPGA.

Lewis used a nice set of birdies to end her first round of action, which helped vault her into the early lead. If she can maintain that sort of run throughout the rest of the tournament, she could run away with the championship very easily.


Paula Creamer: -4 through Round 1

Paula Creamer has remained at a steady pace over her career. After winning the Sybase Classic in 2005—the win made her the second-youngest winner in LPGA history (19 years old)—Creamer hasn't done much in terms of winning championships.

Creamer has won 11 championships over her seven-year career and is due for one shining moment.

Through the first round, Creamer parred every hole except for four. On the four she didn't par, she birdied. She's on a roll through the first round of play and should keep up the pace throughout the rest of the weekend. She's due for it, after all.

Paula Creamer was once one of the most promising female golfers in the world. While she has had some marginal success throughout the majority of her career, the recent years haven't been too kind to her. Now more than ever, she needs a victory in a major championship to re-establish herself in the LPGA world.


Hee Young Park: -7 through Round 1

Much like Creamer, Hee Young Park is due for a successful tournament.

Park has won one championship since joining the LPGA in 2008—a 2011 victory at the CME Group Titleholders—after dominating in the Korean LPGA tour. Park is hot on the tails of Lewis after one round and is within striking distance to capture the lead early in the second round of play.

These three have the best opportunity to capture the championship. All three have put up quality numbers and should continue to do so throughout the weekend. 

Needless to say, the Evian Masters is just heating up. Sit back and enjoy the show.