LPGA: Brooke Henderson is near the top at the Evian Championship

ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Canada’s Brooke Henderson posted a 64 (minus-7) in the first round to find herself second in the Evian Championship on Thursday.

Henderson is tied with American Nelly Korda, one stroke behind Japanese leader Ayaka Furue. The Ontarian made a name for herself by hitting a putt for an eagle on the ninth green, which was actually her 18th hole of the day.

Furue, holder of seven career titles at home in Japan, finished fourth last year in this major tournament played in France. She recorded nine birdies after committing her only bogey, on the 13th green.

She rebounded with six birdies on her next eight holes, and three on the last four of her round. On the ninth green, her last hole of the day, she wedged an eight-foot putt for a career-high 63 in a Grand Slam tournament.

American Cheyenne Knight retired to the chalet in fourth place at 6 under, one stroke ahead of world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and the holder of two major titles in her career, Lydia Ko.

In Gee Chun, who won the Women’s Players Championship last month, tied for 10th at 4 under.

Quebecer Maude-Aimée Leblanc, from Sherbrooke, is in 125th place after completing her run in 75 strokes (plus-4).

The Evian Championship is the fourth major tournament of the season on the women’s professional circuit.

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