3 things to know from Friday’s second round at the Evian Championship

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Jeongeun Lee6 had a historic day at the Evian Championship.

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We are through 36 holes at the 2021 Evian Championship, and the competition is heating up. Here are three things to know from Round 2 in France.

1. History is made

Jeongeun Lee6 made history on Friday as she fired a 10-under 61, tying the lowest round ever in a major championship. Her bogey-free round featured 10 birdies and ties the record set by Hyo Joo Kim’s in 2014 at the Evian Championship.

“It was so amazing,” Lee6 said after her round. “What an honor.”

Lee6’s 61 pushed her name to the top of the leaderboard as she holds a three-shot over second-place Pajaree Anannarukarn. Lee6’s 127 total of 15 under is a record for LPGA majors, breaking the previous low of 129 set by In Gee Chun in 2016.

Lee6 hit 10 of 13 fairways and 15 greens on the day, and she only needed 23 putts to card her 10 birdies. She is seeking her first win since her triumph at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2019.

Read more about her historic day here.

2. Nelly bounces back

World No. 1 Nelly Korda struggled to find her game in Round 1, but her second round was a different story as she shot a four-under 67 to get to one under for the championship. Her round also keeps her from missing the cut at her first major since ascending to No. 1 in the world last month.

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Korda carded five birdies on the day against just one bogey as she got to one under for the championship. She is currently 14 shots back of the lead, so a historic weekend would be needed to win back-to-back majors. However, a high finish is not out of the question. Korda is only six shots back of the top 10.

3. Stars headed home

With 36 holes complete, the cut has been made, and the Evian will be without some of the game’s brightest stars. The cut came at even par.

A host of major winners were trunk slamming on Friday, including Angela Stanford, Pernilla Lindberg, A Lim Kim, Mirim Lee and Brittany Lincicome. Veterans such as Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer will miss the weekend as well.  

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Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for GOLF.com where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF.com, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf.