Chun In-gee record well ahead after 1st round of LPGA Championship

South Korea’s Chun In-gee posted a record-breaking first-round 64, eight under par, to take a five-stroke lead at the LPGA Championship on Thursday.

Crowned at the US Open in 2015 and at the Evian Championship in 2016, Chun In-gee (27) made nine birdies and only one bogey at the Congressional Country Club, near Washington, to tie the opening round on lowest in LPGA Championship history, set by American Nicole Castrale in 2006. Chun’s remarkable first lap, despite wet conditions, also set a course record for the Congressional, a 98-year-old historic site that hosts a women’s major tournament for the first time. “I didn’t think about the whole story of the course today”Chun said. “I just kept birdying as much as I could. After a lot of rain, the course seems longer. At the same time the greens were softer so I think it was just a good balance”she pointed out.

Thanks to her performance, Chun is five strokes ahead of compatriot Choi Hye-jin and Thailand’s Pornanong Patlum, who both had scores of 69, three strokes under par. American Jennifer Chang and South African Paula Reto are six shots off the lead, tied for fourth. Nine players – including in-form American Jennifer Kupcho, Canadian Brooke Henderson and defending champion American Nelly Korda – are seven strokes off the lead after playing 71 cards.

Ranking after the first round of the PGA Championship (by 72):

1. Chun In-gee (KOR) -8 (64)

2. Pornanong Phatlum (THA)-3 (69)

. Choi Hye-jin (KOR)-3 (69)

4. Jennifer Chang (USA) -2 (70)

. Paula Reto (RSA) -2 (70)

6. Lim A-lim (KOR)-1 (71)

. Hannah Green (Australia) -1 (71)

. NASA Hataoka (JPN) -1 (71)

. Jennifer Kupcho (USA) -1 (71)

. Brooke Henderson (CAN) -1 (71)

. Nelly Korda (USA) -1 (71)

. Ayaka Furue (JPN) -1 (71)

. Kim In-kyung (KOR)-1 (71)

. Kim Sei-young (KOR)-1 (71)

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