South Korean Golfer Chun In Gee Wins U.S. Women’s Open
D-bo, July 12, 2015, 7:51 p.m.
South Korean Chun In-gee captured the U.S. Women's Open for her first LPGA major title in Pennsylvania on Sunday. Chun rallied from a four-shot deficit with a four-under 66 in the final round at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster for a four-round total of eight-under 272. The 20-year-old edged out fellow South Korean Amy Yang by one stroke and claimed the first-place check of US$810,000.
Chun began the final round four shots back of Yang, the overnight leader, but poured in three birdies over her final four holes for the narrow victory. Chun became the seventh South Korean champion of the U.S. national championship after Pak Se-ri (1998), Birdie Kim (2005), Park In-bee (2008 and 2013), Ji Eun-hee (2009), Ryu So-yeon (2011) and Choi Na-yeon (2012). Chun is a full-time member of the Korean LPGA Tour and is currently leading the domestic circuit in money.
She turned pro in 2012 and has seven wins on the Korean tour, including three in 2015. She also has a win on the Japanese LPGA Tour this year, becoming the first South Korean since Shin Ji-yai in 2008 to win on all three tours in the same year. Chun is projected to jump from No. 20 to No. 10 in the women's world rankings.