Prior to Sunday, only four times in the 66-year history of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship had the winner recorded a wire-to-wire victory. Today, we welcome a fifth to that exclusive club.
In Gee Chun, who led the tournament after every day of competition, survived a rollercoaster final round to win the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship by one shot at five-under par.
"Before start [Sunday] my coach told me, 'In Gee, if you enjoy your game, this trophy is yours,'" the 27-year-old Chun said. "Sometimes it's really hard to keep smiling when my game, I mean, going not good, but I think I hung in there. So I'm so proud now."
Chun entered the final round with a three-shot lead but struggled out of the gates, carding a four-over front nine as Lexi Thompson took a two-shot lead at the turn. As Thompson began to struggle on the back, Chun held steady. A birdie on 16 coupled with a Thompson bogey on 17 gave Chun a one-shot lead with one hole to play. Thompson's birdie attempt on 18 came up short, as Chun pulled off a tough par save to close it out.
"It means a lot [to win] because I didn't have any victories for almost three-and-a-half years," Chun said after lifting the trophy. "My family, coach, managers and my caddie and my fans in Korea, they all never gave up on me no matter how I did. Thank you so much."
The win is the fourth of Chun's LPGA career and her third major championship title. As winner, Chun received a $1.35 million dollar first place prize, as a result of the nine million dollar purse announced earlier this week.
Congratulations to In Gee on a fantastic performance at the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.