In Gee Chun claims third major victory


In Gee Chun profited from a late collapse by Lexi Thompson to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – the third major victory of her career.

Chun, 27, who led by a record-breaking five shots at the end of the first round, took a three-shot lead into the final round at Congressional.

However, that quickly evaporated in an error-strewn front nine that allowed Thompson to steal the advantage and open up a two-stroke lead of her own. 

That’s when the fun began.

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With the tournament seemingly in her hands, Thompson did what Thompson has sadly become famous for down the stretch of major championships. 

The 27-year-old missed from two feet on the 14th before handing back a birdie on 15 with a sloppy bogey on 16. She then three-putted for another bogey on 17 to trail by one going up the last. Her birdie putt on 18 came up short, allowing Chun to two-putt from the back of the green to win by a shot. 

It was the South Korean’s fourth LPGA triumph and her first in almost four years.

“Golf is never easy,” she said afterwards. “I can’t believe I won. 

“If you never give up, then you can get something. Just trying to keep going to catch my goal. No matter what people said.

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“When I got a slump, some people said, ‘In Gee, you should retire because your game is not good right now’. But no matter what they said, I believed I could win again. I’m so proud now.”

For Thompson, the wait for a second major title goes on. She declined to speak to the media afterwards. 

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