In Gee Chun made a unbelievable begin to the Ladies’s PGA Championship as she broke the Congressional Nation Membership report with an eight-under-par first spherical; defending champion Nelly Korda was one underneath par after her opening spherical
Final Up to date: 23/06/22 9:37pm
In Gee Chun equalled the bottom opening spherical in Ladies’s PGA Championship historical past and in addition set the brand new course report at Congressional Nation Membership with a superb 64.
Two-time main winner In Gee Chun equalled the bottom opening spherical in Ladies’s PGA Championship historical past and in addition set the brand new course report at Congressional Nation Membership with a superb 64.
The 27-year-old posted the early lead at eight-under-par with a spherical which has solely been achieved three earlier instances within the event, the final event in 2006.
Her 9 birdies and one bogey set a brand new greatest mark for the recently-remodelled Blue Course in Bethesda, the place Rory McIlroy gained the US Open by eight photographs in 2011.
“I really feel so good as a result of I at all times suppose when my identify goes with one thing, then I really feel very honoured and it makes me preserve going to play golf,” mentioned In Gee.
A gaggle of six tied for second place at one underneath par within the morning wave that included defending champion Nelly Korda.
Others taking pictures a 71 had been Jennifer Kupcho, A Lim Kim, Hannah Inexperienced, Nasa Hataoka, and Brooke Henderson. Inexperienced is the 2019 Ladies’s PGA Championship winner, whereas Henderson gained in 2016.
Chun had a comparatively modest begin to her spherical at one underneath via 5 holes after beginning on the again 9.
She obtained on a roll beginning on the par-four 15th gap with 4 consecutive birdies to make the flip at five-under 31.
A 3-time winner on the LPGA Tour and US Ladies’s Open champion in 2015, Chun had her solely stumble of the day on the par-four 10th gap with a bogey. She then fired 4 extra birdies over the subsequent six holes to take a commanding first-round lead.
“I do not know what golf course In Gee is enjoying!” mentioned Korda.
“She should be enjoying rather well. I’d suppose once I tee it up right this moment, I’d be very proud of the rating that I shot.
“I feel initially a part of the day you noticed some greater numbers. In Gee is simply enjoying rather well, and applause to her. Generally it simply must be your week, proper? You are going to proceed to stay to your sport plan and hopefully shoot some good numbers coming into Sunday.”
Three others within the discipline had been at even par after the morning wave, together with Inbee Park of South Korea. The seven-time main winner completed on prime of the Ladies’s PGA Championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The purse for this week’s third main of the season doubled to $9m, with 99 of the highest 100 gamers on the LPGA Tour cash listing competing. The winner’s share additionally doubled to $1.35m.
The purse was simply $2.25m in 2014.
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