In Gee Chun crowned champion
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In Gee Chun did not waver once on her road to win The Evian Championship 2016. In the lead from the start to finish of the tournament, the 22-year-old Korean captures her second Grand Slam title, following the US Open 2015. Chun now has two LPGA titles to her name, two Majors!
An incredible week for the Korean, who dropped just four shots in relation to par over the four rounds (two bogeys on Friday and Saturday and a double bogey Saturday) and made 23 birdies and one eagle (on the par-5 hole 15 on Saturday).
"I feel like I'm dreaming. I knew that the record for the lowest score in relation to par was 19-under. That put a little extra pressure on me this Sunday. But I need that pressure, otherwise I get bored on the course. New goals for the future? Give me a bit of time. For the moment, I'm simply really happy!"
The icing on the cake, Chun beats all the score records in Grand Slam history – on both the men's and women's tours – with an aggregate score of 263, 21 under par (the previous record of 267 dated back to 1992, and last year Inbee Park reached 19 under par at the PGA Championship).
The smiling, approachable young champion, always happy to sign dozens of autographs and take tons of selfies with fans grouping round the 18th green, portrays the image of a perfect young woman. And there's no question about her technical qualities, her swing of great purity and textbook rhythm.
It's an all-Korean podium at the 23rd Evian Championship. Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ruy tie for second place on 17 under par, four shots behind the winner. China's Shanshan Feng, one of the favorites to win at the start to the week following her fine performance in Rio (bronze medal winner), takes 4th place. There are five Koreans in the top 6 places on the final leaderboard. In Gee Chun nevertheless remains the first Korean to win a Major in 2016.
And as it's a first, it has to mentioned again that the four French players present this week in Haute-Savoie, all made the cut, and Karine Icher, who carded relatively consistent scores all week, is the top French players in the final rankings in 30th place.