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Evian faces more weather problems Tourney will move to July in ’19 to avoid bad conditions The Evian Championship will bid farewell to September, and hopefully its bad weather, when the ﬁnal women’s major golf tournament of the season starts Thursday. It’s the final edition of Evian before it reverts to its former July slot in 2019, a move that players hope will avoid more weather-hit days like last year’s opening round — which was wiped out by a severe storm. However, rain and possible thunderstorms are forecast for the first round at the picturesque hillside course overlooking Lake Geneva, in Evian-Les-Bains, France, after Wednesday’s ﬁnal practice was held in sunshine and 83-degree heat. “It deserves to be played in great conditions,” defending champion Anna Nordqvist said. “It’s really one of the best events we have all year.” Nordqvist won her second career major last year in a playoff through a hailstorm that was chilling even to a native Swede. “Everyone who has grown up in Europe knows that September can be a little sketchy. July is going to be great,” she said. In the 2017 edition, Thursday’s round was stopped because of the storm before all scores were struck and a Friday restart was ordered.
Ducks walk on the fifth green at the final round of the 2016 Evian Championship, which will shift to July next year.
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Riboud says France needs “golf culture” • The head of France’s only golf major says hosting the Ryder Cup won’t help his country produce a star player. Asked at an eve-of-tournament news conference about a stellar month for French golf, the women’s Evian Championship chairman Franck Riboud dismissed what the Ryder Cup could achieve when it’s played Sept. 28-30 near Paris. The 12-man Europe team at Le Golf National has no players from France, and the top-ranked Frenchman is No. 97 Mike Lorenzo-Vera. “We need a (French) champion, that’s all,” Riboud said. “I think we need a project for the young French player to show we are a champion in the next ﬁve years. ... We don’t have a golf culture, we have to build it.” Riboud is the long-time former chairman and chief executive of food giant Danone, which owns the Evian water brand.
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tomare is returning to the site of her career-best result as runner-up to Nordqvist last year. The American challenge also includes 16-year-old Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tenn., who received a wild card to play in her second major. At the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, she placed 33rd.
Twice in its five years as a major, Evian became a 54-hole event. Evian is also the last chance for the United States to win a women’s major this season. The previous four went to Europe or Asia: The ANA Inspiration to Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden, the U.S. Women’s Open to second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, the U.S. Women’s PGA to top-ranked Sung Hyun Park of South Korea, and a crowd-pleasing English win for Georgia Hall at the British Women’s Open. Since the French event’s status was raised to a ﬁfth major in 2013, American players have won at least one of them each year. Only two of 21 tournaments had American winners since the LPGA Tour returned to the U.S. in March from a swing through Asia. Annie Park won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June, and two weeks ago Marina Alex won the Cambia Portland Classic. The top-ranked American, No. 5 Lexi Thompson, is seeking her first title in 2018 and skipped the British Open last month. Thompson, the runner-up here in 2015, wrote on Instagram that she wanted “to recharge my mental batteries, and to focus on myself away from the game of professional golf.” Now ranked No. 42, Brittany Al-
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ST. LOUIS FIVE-DAY FORECAST TODAY
WIND ESE 4-8 mph
WIND E 3-6 mph
WIND E 4-8 mph
Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.
More excellent weather over the STL area, not only for today, but right through the weekend. All is quiet thanks to the blocking effect of Hurricane Florence.
Macomb 80/58 Bloomington 80/60
Decatur 81/59 Springﬁeld 57 83/60 Effingham 70 55 82/61
Columbia 70 84/66 St. Louis Mount Jefferson Vernon 85/67 City 83/63 55 85/64 Union 84/64 57 44 Rolla Carbondale 84/64 82/63 Farmington 82/62 Cape Girardeau 85/65 Springﬁeld 84/66 Poplar Bluff West Plains 85/65 55 84/64
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WIND ENE 6-12 mph
Montreal 80/61 Billings 72/48
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Kansas City 82/68
As Florence approaches, wind, rain and seas will ramp up along the Carolina and Virginia coasts today. Spotty rain, not associated with Florence, will affect the central Appalachians, mid-Atlantic and the Deep South. The downpours in Texas will be from another budding tropical system. Showers will rim the northern tier of the West.
Warm with plenty Sunshine, warm and humid of sun WIND WIND ENE 6-12 mph NE 6-12 mph
San Francisco 67/54
Temperature High/low 81°/61° Normal high/low 82°/62° Last year high/low 79°/59° Record high 98° (1956) Record low 44° (1940) Precipitation 24 hrs through 5 p.m. Wed. 0.00” Month to date (normal) 1.60” (1.24”) Year to date (normal) 32.28” (28.99”) Record for this date 2.09” (1949)
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Cooling Degree Days Degree days are an indicator of energy needs. The more the total degree days, the more energy is necessary to cool.
Wednesday Month to date Normal month to date Since January 1 Normal since January 1
6 140 114 1896 1508
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86° 4 p.m.
78° 8 p.m.
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Today’s Air Quality
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Wednesday in the 48 contiguous states Low: 26 West Yellowstone, Mont.
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