In Gee Chun wins Evian Cham­pi­onship with ma­jor record round

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In Gee Chun clinched the Evian Cham­pi­onship in record-break­ing style on Sun­day, win­ning by four shots to se­cure her sec­ond ma­jor with the low­est ever 72hole score in a ma­jor.

The 22-year-old South Korean sank a dif­fi­cult 10-foot putt to fin­ish on 21 un­der, break­ing the record for men and women of 20 co-held by Hen­rik Sten­son and Ja­son Day. She bet­tered the women’s record by two.

“With­out nerves I feel bored,” Chun said. “I had a lot of pres­sure on the course, but I much en­joyed my game.”

She led from start to fin­ish, al­though she did share the firstround lead with Sung Hyun Park - who fin­ished tied for sec­ond with So Yeon Ryu in a dom­i­nant tour­na­ment for South Kore­ans.

Chun fin­ished the day with a 2-un­der 69, the most mod­est of her four rounds. Not that it took any­thing away from her achieve­ment.

“I just can­not be­lieve I won the Evian Cham­pi­onship and made 21 un­der par,” Chun said as she clutched the tro­phy, her voice break­ing with emo­tion. “I’m not dream­ing right?”

Chun missed the cut here at Evian Re­sort last year and tied for 65th in 2014.

In four days of in­tensely ac­cu­rate driv­ing and clin­i­cal putting, she was near-fault­less. Her only sig­nif­i­cant blem­ish was a dou­ble bo­gey on the ninth hole in the third round - and even then she lim­ited the dam­age hav­ing opted for a two-stroke penalty.

There was one bo­gey on Sun­day, on the 14th, but she made a birdie on the next to move back to 21 un­der and al­most added an­other birdie on the 16th, with her at­tempt stop­ping just short.

Chun, who won the US Women’s Open last year, is only the sec­ond player in LPGA his­tory to have her first two LPGA wins come at ma­jors. The other was coun­try­woman Se Ri Pak in 1998.

Photo: AP

In Gee Chun of South Korea kisses her tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Evian Cham­pi­onship

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