Chun Outlasts Faltering Thompson, Wins PGA Championship

In Gee Chun started the day with a three-shot lead then overcame four bogeys on the front nine and a 2-shot deficit to Lexi Thompson on the back nine to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

Thompson, ranked 6th in the world, had an army of supporters who chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A” but the Floridian’s putting faltered on the back nine resulting in bogeys on 12, 14, 16 and 17.

Trailing by one on 18, Thompson needed a birdie at the last to force Chun to make a five-foot par putt to force a playoff but her birdie attempt never had a chance and Chun made her par putt for the win. It was Chun’s third career major title.

Chun opened the tournament with an 8 under 64 which tied the lowest round in PGA Championship history. She won despite shooting 75-75 on the weekend at the challenging Blue Course at Congressional.

“I believe if I stick to my game plan, I believe I have a chance on the back nine so I tried to hang in there. I’m so happy I made it. My body’s still shaking now,” Chun said.

Thompson shot a one over 73 and settled for a second place tie with Minjee Lee.

She declined all interview requests but did stay to sign dozens of autographs.


(Photo by Phil Fabrizio)

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