18/09/2016 Ladies European Tour 2016: Evian Championship, Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian Les Bains, France 15-18 September. In Gee Chun of Korea with her trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones
CHUN LOWERS RECORD MAJOR SCORE AT EVIAN
South Korea’s Chun In Gee set a new record for the lowest 72-hole total in Major history en route to winning the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.
The 22 year old was 21 under par for 72 holes – for a 263 total – over the 6,430-yard Evian course, shooting a final round 69 to win the season’s fifth and final women’s major.
Chun bettered the previous record of 20 under par set by Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, a score which was matched by Henrik Stenson in The Open at Royal Troon earlier this year.
With a four stroke victory over fellow South Koreans Ryu So Yeon and Park Sun Hyun, Chun earned her second Major title following the 2015 US Women’s Open. She had previously won nine times of the Korean LPGA and twice on the LPGA of Japan tour.
The 22-year-old from Seoul said: “I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport. My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”
With rounds of 63, 66, 65 and 69, Chun led from start to finish to earn the trophy along with a first prize of US$487,500.
Starting the final round in heavy rain, Chun began four strokes clear of Park and stretched that to six shots after birdies on the par-4 third and par-3 eighth holes. After turning in 33 with a five stroke cushion, she made four straight pars and bogeyed the short 14th before recovering with a tap-in birdie on the long 15th. Three pars to finish were enough to establish a new record, but it wasn’t easy. Chun hit her tee shot left off the 18th tee into thick rough and after taking out a wood, her caddie David Jones persuaded her to lay up with a wedge to avoid the water. She hit her third shot from 95 yards to around 10 feet from the hole and rolled it in for par, before raising her hands into the air.
China’s Olympic bronze medallist Feng Shanshan finished fourth, with South Korean Kim Sei Young in fifth and the previous week’s ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters champion Kim In-Kyung in sixth.
Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn tied for ninth, enabling Lydia Ko to claim the Rolex Annika Major award as the most consistent performer across the five women’s majors in 2016. Ko signed off with a 73 to share 43rd position.
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff was the top ranked European player in a tie for 12th position on five-under, with last year’s Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark tied for 14th, which was her best finish in a Major.