In Gee Chun in record mode. Boutier and Roussin-Bouchard clash

Despite difficult playing conditions on a revamped Congressional Country Club Blue Course, In Gee Chun, winner of the 2015 US Open and the 2016 Evian Championship, distinguished herself by signing a record card of 64 (-8) already leaving the competition five strokes behind. Céline Boutier and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard grab 30th place at +1.

In Gee Chun love records. In 2016, she made history by winning a Major with a cannon score of -21. It was at theEvian Championship. At the same time, it erased the phenomenal -20 achieved in 2015 by Jason Day au PGA Championship.

The South Korean, also victoriousUS Open 2015set a new record this Thursday in Bestheda (Maryland) on the par 72 of the Blue Course from Congressional Country Club. Starting from 10, she signed a huge 64 (-8) including four birdies in a row between holes 15 and 18 and accumulated impressive stats: 14 fairways hit out of 14, 15 greens out of 18 taken in regulation, 25 putts.

She leaves her compatriot Hye-Jin Choi and the Thai Pornanong Phatlum (both 69 without bogey with a hole in 1 on the par 3 of the 2 for the second) five points behind.

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In Gee Chun also takes the opportunity to equal the American’s record Mickey Wright dating from… 1961, which had the same number of points in this Women’s PGA Championship thanks to a card of 67 (-4) before winning with a total score of +3 (287), eleven strokes ahead of Louise Suggs. We wish the double winner in Major to have such a big gap this Sunday.

The rain, which fell in abundance during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, and again generously in the morning of the first round, made the attack on the Blue Course (6,226 meters) a little easier, especially on much softer greens.

« Admittedly, with this rain, the route seemed longerpointed out the 27-year-old South Korean, but at the same time the greens were much more responsive. I think a certain balance has been struck. And I took advantage… »

Big favorites for victory, the Americans Jennifer Kupcho (victorious last week at Meijer LPGA Classic) et Nelly Kordathe defending champion, occupy sixth place at -1 along with two former winners of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the Australian Hannah Green (2019) and the Canadian Brooke M. Henderson (2016).

« I don’t know what course In Gee played on, but it couldn’t have been the same as us “, had fun to answer Nelly Korda at the exit of the recording.

A remark that could certainly have been made Celine Boutier, author of a 73 (+1) weighted by two bogeys for a single birdie. La Francilienne, seventh last year at the PGA Championship, shares 30th place with Pauline Roussin-Bouchardmuch more comfortable thanUS Open where the young rookie on the LPGA had known hell (two cards of 81 (+10)).

In the game for nine holes (she was then in the top 10 with a score of +1), Agathe Laisne is content with a 74 (+2) and a fiftieth place which positions her for the moment on the good side of a virtual cut set precisely at +2. A “barrier” that could easily be crossed Perrine Delacour this Friday since Picardy displays a +3 (75) unfortunately devoid of the slightest birdie (a double at 9 then a bogey at 18). In short, the four French women involved in this 68th edition can hope to still be there for the weekend…

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