In Gee Chun Fires 66 To Win KEB Hana Bank Championship
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2018-10-15
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
INCHEON, South Korea — Local favorite In Gee Chun fired a 6-under 66 to win the KEB Hana Bank Championship and clinch her third LPGA Tour victory.
In, who started the final round two strokes off the pace, carded seven birdies against a lone bogey at the Sky 72 Ocean Course to finish at 16-under 272, three strokes ahead of Charley Hull who shot a 71.
“Before this week, I won 13 times as a professional,” said In. “I am glad that I am done with the No. 13. I really hate that number.”
It was her first LPGA Tour win since the 2016 The Evian Championship. She also won the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
Hull began the final round in a two-way tie for the lead but her chances of victory faded with her fourth bogey of the day on the par-4 16th.
“On 16, I hit a decent tee shot,” Hull said. “Was in the drainage ditch and had to drop it in the first cut. Hit a really good pitching wedge to the green and couldn’t manage to hold it, and then it was a weird lie. I was in like a little bit of a divot on the 16th green and then chipped it and nearly holed the putt.”
Top-ranked Sung Hyun Park offset a pair of bogeys with five birdies for a 69 that left her tied for third with Ariya Jutanugarn (71), Minjee Lee (70) and overnight co-leader Danielle Kang (72).
Defending champion Jin Young Ko had eight birdies in a bogey-free round for the day’s lowest score of 64 to finish seventh.
“I started off really well today,” she said. “I birdied the first hole and then I just got into the rhythm of things quite naturally.”
Brooke Henderson struggled with the windy conditions and had a 71 that left her tied for 14th place.