Nice article on Karrie, who walked the tournament with her amateur invitees ... I remember seeing Greeny and Karis following her at Bedminster in 2017, but I didn't know who they were. Karrie should have played this week, if eligible ... I saw her drive it 246 into the wind at the Seaview's 9th hole this month ... still has a nice swing and has kept herself in good shape. She is so right about The Shark, who has lost his mind ... and I bought his golf instruction book when it came out in 1988.
Oh, and shame on Crusty Grrr for her crass crack that "almost the entire tour" would join LIV if it could.
So this is what it feels like when In Gee wins a Major? I had almost forgotten. It feels AWESOME, by the way.
This event in some ways is all about the number 7. In Gee rode her 7 wood to some amazing shots early on. There were 7 straight Majors without a Korean win coming into this week. At one point In Gee had a 7-shot lead, the largest she had this week.
The conditions were tough, and normally that is good news for the Sisters, but most of them really struggled today. In Gee was no exception, and she quickly lost her lead to Thompson. But to be honest, I was more worried about Thitikul and Minjee sneaking up the leaderboard. If there's one thing you can count on, it's Lexi missing big putts late in an event. Hands down she is the worst pressure putter I've ever seen on the LPGA tour. She makes Michelle Wie look like Inbee Park. Remember when IK missed that short putt at the Nabisco and no one let her forget it? Thompson misses three putts like that in the final round of every Major. And she gifted In Gee a couple of strokes late with two short misses.
But it still fell on In Gee to figure out how to get back into it. She didn't have her best, but she never gave up. She poked her way to a great birdie on 16, the hole that had nearly ended her chances yesterday. She made a clutch par save on 15, even when Thompson made a birdie to take a two-shot lead and seemingly wrap up the trophy. She barely missed on 17, then managed a ridiculously long birdie try to five feet on 18, then put the event away after Thompson again missed a makeable putt.
Afterwards, her emotions flowed. She has probably had more crap heaped on her back than pretty much any other Korean since Se Ri, but she never gave up. She struggled through the worst weekend a Korean Major winner has had (scorewise) since Blackwolf Run, and she kept a positive attitude. She stood up and got Korea the long awaited Major win (this was the longest winless streak for the country at Majors in more than a decade). It's moments like these that make me love following these ladies.
Hye Jin also had a great week. It feels like she tried a bit too hard at the end, with the result that she made a bunch of bogies. But she made a realllly long birdie on the final hole to nab a top five, her second straight. Alas, Thitikul caught and passed her, but only finished one spot ahead of her, so won't gain all that much in the ROY. What this shows is that it is clearly a two-person show in that award.
Hyo Joo had a rare under par round for the Koreans today and also sneaked into the top five. Sei Young struggled but got 5th as well. Eun Hee was 10th, Inky 21st (nice to see you, IK!).
On the downside, Jin Young had a dreadful final day, a 77, playing with The Minjee, who nearly won (which means it was within range of Jin Young to run up the leaderboard and possibly win, too). Yep, it's a slump; she fell into a tie with Nelly, whom she was crushing most of the week. I sure hope she can work it out soon; she's had slumps before, but she usually comes out of them on fire. Here's hoping she does that before the Major season is over.
But for now, it's all about Dumbo. CONGRATS!!!!!! I hope one of your fifteen sponsors treats you and Dean to a fabulous dinner on them.
Congratulation to In Gee Chun for not giving up after the four over front nine. She made birdie on the two shorten par fives that was set up to give the longer hitters an advantage.
Actually the shorten sixteen par five hurt Lexi Thompson. With a two shot lead if it was longer she would have laid up. She is better with her nine or eight iron than a short pitch shot.
Hye Jin Choi didn't have a good back nine but the birdie on eighteen gave her a top five tie.
Good showing by the Korean golfers with five top tens. They do ok when it's not a birdie fest.
A poor Tournament for Jin Young Ko but she will bounce back. An even front nine but a five over back nine.
Alas, I was hoping So Yeon Ryu would have a good round. Three bogeys and a double wouldn't have been to bad if she had made birdies.
I can't understand why some Pros go for iffy par fives in two. I do because I am an idiot also an Amateur and it's fun. If they lay up with their skill they will always have a birdie chance. Just a thought!!!
I like Alison Lee handing her the wine and In Gee taking a swig!
I'm a little disappointed that more folks didn't show up for her. For instance, I thought she and Brooke were besties. With all the times In Gee has congratulated others, I thought they'd be happy to see her get one. There might have been more people there than were caught by the camera...
Talk about adding insult to injury. Following her runner-up finish at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Lexi Thompson was fined $2,000 by the LPGA for slow play on Sunday at Congressional Country Club. Thompson's father, Scott, confirmed the news to Golfweek's Beth Ann Nicholas, who reported the news. Thompson was playing in the final threesome, which was put on the clock early on the back nine, with eventual champion In Gee Chun and Hye-Jin Choi. Choi was also fined for slow play. Both players were reportedly told when they walked off the 18th green
"I’m all for helping slow play, but putting those ladies on the clock with 2 holes left trying to win a major seems like a good read the room situation and don’t put them on the clock," tweeted PGA Tour player Justin Thomas.
Golf Central just invited In Gee for a long sitdown interview with Paige/Amanda/the British chick at their desk on-site. It must have been at least 15 minutes long. If anyone finds it, post it here, because it was really great to see her get a chance to show off her new trophy.