Record-break­ing Chun wins Evian

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CHUN IN-GEE (pix) was over­come with emo­tion af­ter claim­ing the Evian Cham­pi­onship by four shots with a fi­nal round 69 and a record win­ning to­tal yes­ter­day.

Close to tears, the 22-year-old South Korean, said: “I can’t be­lieve I have just won the Evian Cham­pi­onship on 21 un­der. I’m not dream­ing am I?”

Win­ner of last year’s US Women’s Open be­fore she joined the LPGA Tour, she is now cer­tain to win the sea­son’s Rookie of the Year award.

Chun claimed the four-shot win was a great team ef­fort, thank­ing her cad­die, David Jones, and her fam­ily and friends. “It is an in­di­vid­ual sport, but I couldn’t do it with­out great peo­ple around me,” she in­sisted.

She needed the help of her team ear­lier in the year when she suf­fered a con­tro­ver­sial back in­jury and had to miss over a month on Tour.

The in­jury hap­pened at Sin­ga­pore air­port when fel­low player Jang Ha Na’s fa­ther lost con­trol of a suit­case and it fell down an es­ca­la­tor. The in­ci­dent caused an up­roar in South Korea. Chun ad­mit­ted it was a very tough time. “Af­ter the in­jury I was strug­gling with my­self and my body and psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems,” she said. “I was in a bad mood, a neg­a­tive side.”

But she got her love for the game back at the Olympics.

“I was hav­ing an in­ner strug­gle. It was go­ing around and on and on. It was dif­fi­cult for me to get out of that sit­u­a­tion.

“But I got my pas­sion back at the Olympics. Mak­ing the team was a huge goal and I was so proud to wear the na­tional flag,” said the player who fin­ished 13th in Rio. – AFP Lead­ing Fi­nal round scores of the Evian Cham­pi­onship: 263: Chun In Gee (Kor) 63 66 65 69; 267: Ryu So Yeon (Kor) 66 66 69 66, Park Sung Hyun (Kor) 63 68 67 69; 269: Feng Shan­shan (Chn) 64 67 69 69; 270: Kim Sei Young 69 71 65 65; 272: Kim In-Kyung (Kor) 70 69 64 69; 274: An­gela Stan­ford ( USA) 65 68 71 70; 275: Haru No­mura (Jpn) 68 69 69 69; 277: Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (Tha) 73 67 70 67,Ge­rina Piller (USA) 68 72 67 70, Brooke Hen­der­son (Can) 69 71 67 70; 279: Jodi Ewart Shad­off (GBR) 73 71 64 71, Jane Park (USA) 71 68 67 73.

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