Jun 27th, 2022
In Gee Chun wins the Women's PGA Championship
South Korean goes wire-to-wire with help from Lexi Thompson
Words: GolfPunk Photography: PGA of America
Although Chun started the final round three shots ahead of the field, her lead soon evaporated as she ran up four bogeys in her opening nine holes. Thompson was the favourite, leading by two shots with three to play.
Sadly, another meltdown from Lexi handed the trophy to Chun. The American ran up bogeys at the 16th and 17th with her putter letting her down once again.
The 16th was the turning point in the contest. At a hole Thompson could reach in two, she half knifed a pitch over the green and then took three more to get down. Chun, meanwhile, had hit her third shot to six feet before holing for a birdie and an unexpected share of the lead.
Both players missed birdie putts at the 17th but Thompson missed her return putt to post another bogey and hand the lead to Chun.
Thompson had a chance on the last green to take Chun to extra holes but her weak birdie putt never even reached the hole and it left Chun with a four foot par putt for the title.
"It just means a lot because I didn't have any wins for almost three-and-a-half years," said Chun, who picked up $1,350,000 for her efforts.
"My loyal fans in Korea, they never gave up on me no matter how I did."
Australian Minjee had set the clubhouse target with a closing two-under 70 for a four-under-par total. She shared second spot with Thompson, a shot ahead of Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand.
Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland finished in a share of tenth on level-par. England's Georgia Hall finished on two over, with compatriot Mel Reid two shots further back.