Ciganda and Torres share lead after opening round of Evian Championship

Georgia Hall sits three strokes off the lead in a tie for seventh place after the opening round of the Evian Championship in France.

The 22-year-old from England claimed her first major – and senior title of any description – with her success at the Open last month.

And a blemish-free round with birdies on the third, sixth and eighth put Hall in contention with a three-under-par 68 behind early joint-leaders Carlota Ciganda and Maria Torres.

Hall told the BBC: “I had a good round and three behind is nothing really.

“I had it in my head as well that I wanted to be bogey-free, and that’s a special thing round this golf course.

“I’ll take that as my first round. I’m quite happy with that.”

Ciganda, of Spain, also went bogey-free for her round of 65, while Puerto Rico’s Torres hit two early bogeys but bounced back to finish the round with six birdies and an eagle three on the 15th.

Park Sung-hyun endured a dismal opening round (Peter Byrne/PA)

American Austin Ernst is one shot further back on four-under 66, with three players – South Korean pair Ryu So-yeon and Lee Mi-hyang and Canada’s Brooke Henderson – tied on 67.

Hall’s compatriot Bronte Law also looked to be in contention as she went bogey-free until a double-bogey on the 18th moved her back to a two-under total of 69.

But Law’s travails were nothing compared to world number one Park Sung-hyun, who hit seven bogeys in a six-over-par opening round of 77 to leave her languishing in joint-97th place.

- Press Association

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