In Gee Chun Secures KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Chun constructed a gutsy final round as she claimed a third Major title in dramatic fashion

Chun holds the KPMG Women's PGA Championship trophy
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Coming into the final round, it seemed that In Gee Chun was going to cruise to her third Major title, with the 27-year-old breaking the course record with an eight-under-par first round on Thursday. The round also gave her the biggest lead ever held after day one of a Major and a six-shot lead after the second round.

Although she carded a 75 on Saturday, Chun was still three shots clear of Lexi Thompson, Hye-Jin Choi and Sei Young Kim. However, winning a Major is never easy and, after just four holes, the overnight leader found herself one shot back of American, Thompson.

As the front nine wound on, Chun was soon two shots back of the Major winner, as Thompson stood at one-under-par for her first nine. The American, though, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to leading Majors and, unfortunately, the pressure seemed to be getting to her, as she missed a two-foot putt at the 14th.

With her advantage down to one, Thompson recovered beautifully, holing a lengthy birdie putt from off the green to double her lead, something which many thought would kick her on to her first title since 2019.

Those in attendance at Congressional were treated to yet more drama, this time at the par 5 16th where, after two big hits, it seemed that Thompson was going to increase her advantage further. However, she thinned her pitch over the green before ramming her putt some eight-feet by. As she duly missed the return for par, Chun had meticulously played a wedge to six-feet which she calmly rolled in. Yet another two-shot swing had commenced at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Thompson grimaces after missing a putt

Thompson's last win came at the 2019 ShopRite LPGA Classic in June

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Two holes remained and nothing could separate Chun and Thompson. That was until the American made yet another three-putt at the 17th to sit one shot back with one to play.

As both found the green at the 72nd hole, Chun laid her lengthy birdie putt to around five-foot, whilst Thompson's birdie putt lacked conviction. That left the South Korean to roll in the winning putt and secure a third Major title with a closing three-over-par round of 75.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x