In Gee Chun ties ladies’s main report with 5-shot lead after first spherical of Girls’s PGA Championship

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In Gee Chun ties ladies’s main report with 5-shot lead after first spherical of Girls’s PGA Championship
In Gee Chun ties ladies’s main report with 5-shot lead after first spherical of Girls’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, MD – Gee Chun alone tops the Girls’s PGA Championship leaderboard after an thrilling begin.

The truth is, no participant has ever progressed extra after 18 holes in a ladies’s main.

Chun reached 8-under 64 on Thursday to achieve a 5-hit benefit after the primary spherical in Congress. Whereas a lot of the area walked throughout the day on the moist blue monitor, Chun lower seven out of eight holes in a single stint. She was seven pictures forward when she completed her spherical and ended up setting a report for essentially the most 18-hole lead in a serious championship.

Mickey Wright led this match by 5 after the primary spherical in 1961.

“I don’t know what golf course NJ is on,” defending champion Nelly Korda mentioned after she completed within the 71st spherical.

Chun was enjoying the identical monitor as everybody else, as soon as she underwent a full restoration final yr. 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 large deal for Chun, the two-time fundamental winner.

“The track, after a lot of rain, seems longer,” mentioned the 27-year-old from South Korea. “At the same time, the greens were softer. So I guess it was just a balance.”

Though there was loads of golf to play, Chun’s large lead positively caught the attention.

Justin Thomas tweeted: “Can’t stop staring at the leaderboard.” “Leading by 7 halfway up the first day!!!!”

Pornanong Phatlum and Hye-Jin Choi each fired stealth-free rounds from 69 to trim Chun’s result in 5, however that was nonetheless a sufficiently big benefit to tie Wright’s mark. The 1961 championship was one in all Wright’s 4 report victories within the occasion. Chun tries to attain it first.

Chun set a serious match report—for males or ladies—when she gained the Evian Championship in 2016 at age 21 below. She additionally gained the US Girls’s Open the earlier yr.

Paula Reto and Jennifer Chang have been at 2 below. Korda and co-playing accomplice Brooke Henderson have been a part of a bunch of 9 gamers in 1 Underneath. One instance of how arduous 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 mentioned. “I was happy to play in the lead nine up.”

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 hit all 14 fairways and mentioned she spent the time discussing non-golf matters with caddies Dean Hurden.

“We’re talking about kiwis because I like to eat kiwis on the course,” she mentioned. “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 fashion, she might discover it simple to chill out on the monitor, however she could have a proficient group of opponents chasing after her. Jennifer Kupshaw, who gained her first main in a chevron earlier this yr, was primary. Phatlum’s spectacular run included an ace per second for 199 yards.

Enppi Park, Lydia Koo and world primary Jin Younger Koo all had 72 factors forward of US Girls’s Open champion Minji Lee.

The truth is, if it weren’t for Chun, loads of gamers would possibly really feel too near the lead.

“I feel I played really well,” Kupshaw mentioned. “The course is really tough.” “I don’t really know how NJ is under 8 now. That’s definitely weird.”

Notes

Emma Tully (78) completed placing up a wedge after her racket was broken throughout the tour. … Lizette Salas and Christy Care 80 launched.

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