South Korea’s Chun In-Ji set a record-equaling eight-under-64 to take a five-shot lead on the Ladies’s PGA Championship on Thursday.
The 27-year-old two-time champ snatched 9 birds and only one ghost on the Congress Nation Membership exterior Washington for the bottom opening spherical match within the historical past of the PGA Ladies’s Championship set by Nicole Castrill in 2006.
Chun’s Nice Tour was additionally a record-breaking congress, the 98-year-old historic venue internet hosting a girls’s main match for the primary time.
Ignoring the moist situations that made the monitor play longer—two inches of rain have been dumped on the format in a single day—Chun’s run broke simply earlier than the flip when he backed off 4 straight birds to maneuver to 5 below.
A ghost on its tenth daybreak of the day reduce its momentum briefly earlier than one other trio of sparrows took it into its holes 11, 12 and 13 into seven below.
One other chook left it three holes from the home in eight below.
“I didn’t think about all the history from the course today,” Chun stated. “I simply maintain making birds so long as I can.
“After a heavy rain – I felt longer, of course. I got a couple of good pictures with my woods. That’s how I had a chance to birds.”
“At the same time the green was softer, so I think it was just a good balance.”
Chun’s excellent run left her 5 photographs on compatriot Choi Hye Jin and Thailand’s Pornong Batlum, who each scored 3 times beneath par 69.
The American Jennifer Chang and the South African Paula Reto outperformed the lead by six photographs from two objectives below six photographs and tied for fourth place.
9 girls—together with star-studded Jennifer Kupshaw, Canadian Brooke Henderson and defending champion Nelly Korda—seven off the lead with one below 71.
Korda fought by the situations with three birds and two ghosts – together with 5 within the eighteenth – however was glad with the geese beneath par.
Nonetheless, the American admitted that she was shocked by Chun’s incendiary inaugural tour.
“Any substandard first round is good for a major tournament,” Korda stated. “I do not know what golf Angie is on. She should be enjoying very well.
“I think when I color it today, I will be very happy with the result I paid.”
Korda had no doubts how the wet course would play out.
“Long. It was definitely really long,” she stated. “Especially for me. I’m one of the tallest hitters on the tour, and she’s been tall.”
Kupcho, who defeated Korda and Eire’s Leona Maguire in a playoff final weekend to take the Meijer LPGA Traditional, was additionally baffled by Chun’s record-breaking file within the circumstances.
“It was definitely windy with a lot of fog and rain,” Kupshaw stated. “I haven’t played in the rain either in a while.” “A troublesome problem on the market within the entrance 9.
“I feel like I played really well. The course is really tough. I don’t really know how Angie is eight years old right now. It’s definitely out of the ordinary.”
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