Recap: Memorable debut for Chun at the U.S. Women’s Open

The name In Gee Chun may not be familiar to female golf fans in North America or Europe. But it is well known in Asia and especially in South Korea. Take note and remember her name because we will be hearing a lot more about the rising golf star in 2015.

In July, Chun took the prestigious U.S. Women’s Open title in her first appearance after carding a final-round of 4-under par (66), one shot over Amy Yang. In Gee says her main goal at the U.S. Women’s Open was only to learn from the challenging new experience in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The South Korean player took the lead in the third major of the season on the 69th hole on Sunday and never looked back. The beautiful course, designed by William Flynn, is considered to be one the most difficult in the LPGA and was not an easy test for Chun but with fierce concentration she solved it perfectly by rolling in consecutive birdies at 15, 16 and 17.

The third-round leader Amy Yang stumbled on the back nine but managed to put herself back into contention after going eagle-birdie at 16 and 17. She then bogeyed the 18 after missing a 12-foot putt that would have forced a playoff.

American player Stacy Lewis, who was runner-up in last year’s edition, was tied for the lead after 14 holes but couldn’t overcome the two double bogeys she made throughout her round. Inbee Park and Lewis finished tied for 3rd at 5-under par.

The twenty-year-old player is a seven-time winner on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPG) but is currently not full time member of the LPGA. Her wins include one major championship, the 2013 Korean Women’s Open. The U.S. Women’s Open marks Chun’s fifth start on the tour this season, where her best finish was tied for 37th at the HSBC Women’s Champions and JTBC Founders Cup.

With her current victory, Chun became the sixth South Korean to win the event in the last eight years and is now the fourth player to win the tournament in her first try. The last player to win in her first appearance was Birdie Kim in 2005 at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado.

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