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Women's PGA Championship 2022: In Gee Chun Wins 3rd Career Major Title

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 26, 2022

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In Gee Chun has won the Women's PGA Championship, shooting a three-over 75 on Sunday to finish five under for the tournament.

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Your 2022 <a href="https://twitter.com/KPMGWomensPGA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KPMGWomensPGA</a> Championship winner: <a href="https://twitter.com/ingeechun_dumbo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ingeechun_dumbo</a>!<br><br>She earns her first Women's PGA Championship victory, her third <a href="https://twitter.com/LPGA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LPGA</a> Tour major win. <a href="https://t.co/LYJzSuT83Q">pic.twitter.com/LYJzSuT83Q</a>

The story, however, will be Lexi Thompson's untimely collapse.

Thompson finished with bogeys on four of the final seven holes at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, giving away a two-stroke lead on the back nine.

Chun and Thompson played hot potato with the lead over the final round.

Chun went into Saturday with a six-stroke advantage, but promptly shot three over in the third round and struggled massively on the front nine Sunday with four bogeys.

That allowed Thompson to move above her, taking a two-stroke advantage heading into the back nine. But her advantage was short-lived, as her own bogey woes allowed Chun to retake her lead and win her third major title.

Golf Central @GolfCentral

The moment In Gee Chun became a 3-time major champion! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KPMGWomensPGA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KPMGWomensPGA</a><a href="https://t.co/8kCoFJAZkn">pic.twitter.com/8kCoFJAZkn</a>

"It just means a lot because I didn't have any wins for three-and-a-half years, so I really appreciate it," Chun said after her win. "My sponsors always believed in me. My family and my coach, my caddy, and my fans in Korea, they never gave up on me, no matter how I did. So thanks very much. I really enjoyed the course, so thanks to the greenkeepers!"

It was a little over a year ago that Thompson blew a four-stroke lead on the back nine at the U.S. Women's Open. Yuka Saso would go on to win that tournament in a playoff over Nasa Hataoka.

Sunday's collapse—while not as comprehensive—was reminiscent of Thompson's final round at that tournament. She finished in a tie with Minjee Lee for second place at four under and remains stuck on one major win in her career. She last won on the LPGA Tour in 2019.

Beth Ann Nichols @GolfweekNichols

Another 💔 for Lexi Thompson. Can’t imagine how she feels inside to let another one slip away like this.

Chun, meanwhile, will take the win after struggling massively over the weekend. She was dominant Thursday, shooting a 64, and looked well on her way to a comfortable title Friday after shooting a 69.

It's rare that a player shoots three over on the final day of a major and still wins. But Chun's excellent start to the tournament—paired with a few timely birdies on Nos. 11 and 16 and just one bogey on the back nine—proved to be the difference.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

In Gee Chun goes wire-to-wire to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. What an absolutely wild tournament. She led by 7 after the first round, then shoots 75-75 on the weekend to hold on.

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

If In Gee Chun wins in regulation, this will be the weirdest 'wire-to-wire' win in the history of golf

Lukas Weese @Weesesports

What a WILD victory for In Gee Chun.<br><br>Starts out in front, loses the lead on the weekend, then somehow finds a way back to win the <a href="https://twitter.com/KPMGWomensPGA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KPMGWomensPGA</a>.<br><br>Another disappointing loss for Lexi Thompson, who led by two with three holes to play.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LPGA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LPGA</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KPMGWomensPGA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KPMGWomensPGA</a>

And now, she has her third major title, adding to her 2015 U.S. Women's Open and 2016 Evian Championship triumphs.

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