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

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

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

In reality, 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 many of the discipline walked in the course of the day on the moist blue observe, Chun minimize seven out of eight holes in a single stint. She was seven photographs forward when she completed her spherical and ended up setting a document for probably the most 18-hole lead in a significant 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 taking part in the identical observe 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 observe but in addition made Congress size—6,809 yards within the first spherical—a extra issue.

No huge deal for Chun, the two-time predominant 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 numerous golf to play, Chun’s huge lead undoubtedly 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 large enough benefit to tie Wright’s mark. The 1961 championship was considered one of Wright’s 4 document victories within the occasion. Chun tries to attain it first.

Chun set a significant match document—for males or ladies—when she received the Evian Championship in 2016 at age 21 below. She additionally received the US Ladies’s Open the earlier yr.

Paula Reto and Jennifer Chang had been at 2 below. Korda and co-playing companion Brooke Henderson had been a part of a bunch of 9 gamers in 1 Underneath. One instance of how onerous 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 straightforward to loosen up on the observe, however she can have a proficient group of rivals chasing after her. Jennifer Kupshaw, who received 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 Ladies’s Open champion Minji Lee.

In reality, if it weren’t for Chun, numerous 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 in the course of the tour. … Lizette Salas and Christy Care 80 launched.

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