BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun superior to 8-under 64 on Thursday to leap into an enormous lead early within the first spherical of the Girls’s PGA Championship.
Whereas a lot of the area walked throughout the day on the moist Congressional blue courtroom, Chun reduce seven of eight holes throughout one stint. Seven photographs have been higher than anybody else who began within the morning, threatening to interrupt the report for essentially the most 18-hole lead in a girls’s main – set by Mickey Wright, who led that event with 5 photographs after 18 in 1961.
“I don’t know what golf course NJ is on,” defending champion Nelly Korda stated after she completed within the 71st spherical.
Chun was taking part in the identical monitor as everybody else – as soon as she underwent a full restoration final 12 months. Heavy rain fell within the space in a single day with extra rain falling throughout play Thursday morning. That softened the monitor but additionally made Congress size—6,809 yards within the first spherical—a extra issue.
No huge deal for Chun, the two-time primary winner.
“The track, after a lot of rain, seems longer,” stated the 27-year-old South Korean. “At the same time, the greens were softer. So I guess it was just a balance.”
Though there may be loads of golf to play, Chun’s early lead of seven photographs actually caught the attention.
Justin Thomas tweeted: “Can’t stop staring at the leaderboard.” “Leading by 7 halfway to the first day!!!!”
Hye-Jin Choi was beneath three by 11 holes within the afternoon, one in every of a number of gamers who threatened to curtail Chun’s lead – however not by a lot.
Chun, who began on the ninth again streak, did the No. 15, 16, 17, and 18 birdies. After bogey in first place, she bounced with three extra birds in a row.
Chun set a serious event report – male or feminine – when she gained the Evian Championship in 2016 on the age of 21. She additionally gained the US Girls’s Open the earlier 12 months.
Korda was a part of the group V1 Underneath, together with play accomplice Brooke Henderson. One instance of how exhausting the course was was: Korda hit a driver, hybrid and seven woods whereas leveling on the ninth gap 587 yards.
“This is the longest 5 game I’ve ever played,” she stated. “I was happy to play in the ninth lead even.”
Chun hit all 14 fairways and stated she spent the time discussing non-golf subjects with caddies Dean Hurden.
“We’re talking about kiwis because I love eating kiwis on the course,” she stated. “It’s really hard to find a good kiwi from the supermarket. Fortunately, we have a good Korean supermarket near here, so I got a good golden kiwi from there.”
If Chun continues to play this manner, she might discover it straightforward to calm down on the monitor, however she may have a gifted group of rivals chasing after her. Jennifer Kupshaw, who gained her first main in a chevron earlier this 12 months, was primary. Pornanong Phatium received the second gap and was from 2 to eight.
All of those guys can really feel fairly near the highest – if not for Chun.
“I feel like I played really well,” Kupshaw stated. “I don’t really know how NJ is under eight now. This is definitely an anomaly.”
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