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Evian Championship: Stunning beauty and big bucks

Updated 1131 GMT (1931 HKT) September 12, 2014
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South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim shot a record low major championship round of 61 at the 2014 Evian Championship. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images
The fifth and final major tournament of the women's golf season is held this week in France, where Suzann Pettersen is defending her Evian Championship title. The Norwegian is in hot form, having finished in the top seven in her last five tournaments, including a tie for second at the British Open. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images)
The tournament was founded in 1994 -- originally named the Evian Masters -- but did not became the LPGA's fifth major until 2013, the same year it changed its title. It now has a prize purse of $3.25 million, second only behind the $4 million U.S. Open. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
The Evian Resort Golf Club's course, located in Evian-les-Bains, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe, boasting stunning views over both Lake Geneva and the Alps. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
It is one of the oldest courses in France. The Evian mineral water company bought a farm and land in 1904, before building a nine-hole golf course -- extended to 18 in 1922 -- with a view of the newly-renovated five-star Hotel Royal. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
As well as offering views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, the Evian course, which is perched at a height of 500 meters, also overlooks the Swiss city of Lausanne. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
It was completely re-landscaped between 1988 and 1990, while it was extended in 2003. In 2013, the course underwent a full renovation -- the biggest transformation in its history -- in preparation for the Evian Championship's bow as a major. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
World No. 1 Stacy Lewis will fancy her chances of victory this weekend. The American has racked up three wins as well as three top-10 placings in majors on the LPGA Tour this season. Warren Little/Getty Images
Third-ranked New Zealander Lydia Ko will be hoping to go one better than last year after finishing second, two shots behind Pettersen. Ko's preparation has been far from ideal, though, with the 17-year-old having had to undergo surgery on a wrist injury at the start of the month. Gareth Gay/Getty Images
World No. 2 Inbee Park will be looking for the sixth major of her career this week. The South Korean racked up an impressive three major wins last year, and could still end 2014 with two to her name, having already claimed the LPGA Championship last month. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
There are two prizes up for grabs this week as the first winner of the Rolex Annika Major Award will be decided on Sunday, honoring the player with the best record in the five majors this season. In order to take home the trophy, a player must have won at least one of those majors. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie leads the standings ahead of Park and Kraft Nabisco champion Lexi Thompson. However Wie endured a difficult time Thursday after being forced to quit after just 13 holes.
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