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Three-time Major Champion In Gee Chun - All You Need to Know

By: | Mon 27 Jun 2022 | Comments


LEXI THOMPSON threw away a two-shot lead with three holes to play to hand the Women’s PGA Championship to South Korea's In Gee Chun. It was her third major title but her first in six years.

At the US Open last year, Thompson held an eight-shot lead with five holes to play but failed to win.

Chun, 27, a previous US Open and Evian Championship winner, finished one shot ahead of the field, finishing on five under, despite a three-over-par 75.

Australia's Minjee Lee and Thompson were tied for second on four under at Congressional.

Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow was tied for 10th place on level par.

Chun, the world number 33, had led by five shots after a record-equalling opening round of 64. She followed it with a 69 and finished the tournament with a pair of 75s. 

She started the day three shots ahead of the field, but dropped four shots on the front nine in a final round that included five bogeys and two birdies.

Thompson looked to be in the driving seat in the closing stages but bogeyed two of her final three holes to sign for a 73.

"It just means a lot because I didn't have any wins for almost three-and-a-half years," said Chun, who won $1.35m. "My loyal fans in Korea, they never gave up on me no matter how I did."

England's Georgia Hall finished on two over, with compatriot Mel Reid two shots further back.

Who is In Gee Chun?

She was born in Gunsan, South Korea in August 1994. Chun has won four times on the LPGA Tour, once on the LET and 10 times on the LPGA of Korea Tour. She won the US Women’s Open in 2015 and the Evian Championship in 2016. In 2015, Chun became the first player in history to win majors on three different tours in the same calendar year. She won the Evian with a score of 21 under par, which is the lowest winning score in a major tournament for either men or women. By winning the 2016 Evian Championship, she joined compatriot Se Ri Pak as the only two players in LPGA Tour history to win majors as their first two LPGA Tour titles.

She averages 250.97 yards from the tee and hits an impressive 77.25% of fairways, hitting 72.45% of fairways. She averages 29.79 putts per round.


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