Record-breaking Chun wins Evian
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.