Chun claims 2nd Major with record-low score

Chun In Gee matches her legendary compatriot Pak Se Ri's feat by clinching Major crowns for her first two wins on the LPGA Tour. Her 263 total at the Evian Championship gave her a four-shot margin of victory.
Chun In Gee matches her legendary compatriot Pak Se Ri's feat by clinching Major crowns for her first two wins on the LPGA Tour. Her 263 total at the Evian Championship gave her a four-shot margin of victory.

PARIS • South Korea's Chun In Gee claimed her second Major golf title in record style with a final-round three-under-par 69 at the Evian Championship yesterday.

The 22-year-old led from start to finish and her 21-under 263 total was two lower than the women's Major record.

And it was one better than the men's record set by Jason Day at last year's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and then equalled by Henrik Stenson at this summer's British Open at Royal Troon.

Chun won the US$487,500 (S$667,000) top prize by four shots from another two South Koreans, Ryu So Yeon (66) and Park Sung Hyun (69). China's Feng Shanshan was fourth on 15 under after a 69.

The winner of last year's US Women's Open, Chun emulates her legendary compatriot, Pak Se Ri, in claiming Major titles for her first two wins on the LPGA Tour.

As a 20-year-old rookie in 1998, Pak, the woman who led the Korean revolution in women's golf, won the LPGA Championship and US Women's Open.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, the defending champion, finished with a 73 and was just outside the top 40 on two over. But she still had something to celebrate. The winner of the ANA Inspiration in April, she collected the Rolex Annika Major Award for the best overall performance in the season's five Majors.

Chun is the second South Korean to win the Evian title since it became a Major three years ago. Kim Hyo Joo was the 2014 champion.

Chun led by one after an opening 63, was two ahead at the halfway mark and had a four-shot lead going into the final round.

On a day marred by heavy rain, she never lost her overnight advantage. Serene from start to finish, she birdied the third, eighth and 15th holes and her only bogey was a five at the 14th.

"I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21 under par. I'm not dreaming, right?" said an elated Chun after the conclusion of the tournament.

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