Rookie Chun won't look too far ahead

EVIAN (France) • There is no doubt that Chun In Gee wants to win a second career Major. But she does not dwell too much on it.

"I'm trying not to think about winning," the South Korean golfer said, after firing a 66 in the second round for a 13-under 129 total at the Evian Championship on Friday.

"That puts me under too much pressure. I just want to keep playing the same way over the next two rounds."

The 22-year-old shared the first-round lead on 63 with compatriot Park Sung Hyun, but she moved two clear of the pack with a six-birdie round. A bogey at the fourth was her only error in 36 holes at the season's final Major.

Park (68) and China's Feng Shanshan (67), the Olympic bronze medallist, shared second place on 131 with another Korean, Ryu So Yeon (66).

Chun won the US Women's Open before she joined the LPGA Tour last year and this season she is already well clear in her quest for Rookie of the Year honours.

Park is the leading star of the Korean LPGA Tour with five wins this season and she has already shown form in the Majors, finishing third at this year's US Women's Open.

Feng, the 2012 LPGA Championship winner, had a 67 and said that the Rio Olympics had boosted her confidence, as she chases a second Major and a 17th professional title.

The 27-year-old said: "I made a couple of bogeys in the start of the back nine, but then I talked to my caddie. I was like, let's finish strong, and then I made two birdies in the last three, so I'm happy about the score."

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, the defending champion from New Zealand, had a 68 and, at nine behind on 138, is certainly not out of it.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'Rookie Chun won't look too far ahead'. Print Edition | Subscribe