In Gee Chun Sets Record in win at Evian Masters
In Gee Chun of South Korea entered the final round of the Evian Masters looking to win the final LPGA major of the 2016 season. Her play was was dominant in the first three rounds that Chun had a chance to set an all-time scoring record in a major. Chun would have plenty of competition from other South Korean members So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park. In fact, five of the top six on the leader board were from South Korea.
Chun got off to a quick start this week, leading at the halfway point at 13-under par. She didn’t let up on Saturday, putting together a round of 65, despite a double-bogey 7 on the par 5 ninth. She opened up a four-shot lead over Park and six-shot lead over Shanshan Feng.
Protecting a four-shot cushion, Chun was solid through the front nine on Sunday, posting a 2-under par score. Following pars on 10 through 13, Chun had a slight miscue with a bogey on 14. She rebounded with a birdie on 15 and cruised through the final three holes in even par. Her finish of 21-under par earned Chun a four shot victory at the Evian Masters over Park and Ryu. In the process, Chun set the 72-hole mark for lowest score relative to par in any major championship. The record for men is 20 under par and the record for women was 19 under par. She also joined Se-Ri Pak as the only players to win their first two events in majors.
The strong South Korean contingent of Ryu, Park, Sei Young Kim and In-Kyung Kim finished at 17-under, 17-under, 14-under and 12-under, respectively. Shanshan Feng finished in the mix of the South Korean’s with a final round of 69 and a total of 15-under par.
Angela Sanford was the top American finisher in the event, posting a final round of 70 and a seventh place finish at 10-under par. Ariya Jutanugarn, who has been arguably the best player on tour this season, had another solid tournament, finishing at seven under par and a tie for ninth. She was joined by Canada’s Brooke Henderson and Gerina Piller of the United States.
Number one player in the world Lydia Ko had a disappointing week, posting rounds of 75 and 73 over the weekend and finished tied for 43rd. Other notables include Lexi Thompson, who finished at 2 under par, along with Anna Nordqvist and Brittany Lincicome.
The LPGA heads to Beijing, China for the Reignwood LPGA Classic beginning on September 29. Mirim Lee is the defending champion.