Thursday, August 11

Women’s PGA Championship: final round – live! | LPGA


Lexi clearly isn’t mulling over last year’s US Open capitulation at Olympic Club! She powers a wedge out of the thick stuff into the heart of the green, making use of the ridge running across it to bring her ball back to six feet. That is quite sensational from where she was, and she’ll have a good look at her third birdie of the day. It remains astonishing that the 27-year-old Floridian hasn’t added to her one major date, the 2014 Dinah Shore. Fifteen top-ten finishes since then. Sixteenth time lucky? She looks in the mood, but then we said that at Olympic and look what happened there.

A bit of trouble for the leader Lexi Thompson at the par-five 9th. From the center of the fairway, she sends her second into thick rough down the right. The last time Lexi led a major on Sunday afternoon? Oh no. We can go there, but let’s hope she hasn’t.

Georgia Hall had been making a too-little-too-late dash up the leaderboard. Having started her day on 10 at +2, and bogeyed 14, she then birdied 15, 17, 18 and 4 to make it into the top ten at -1. But a double bogey at 7 has sent the 2018 British Open champion back down the standings to +1.

It didn’t take long today before change was afoot at the top of the leaderboard. Chun In-gee’s advantage was whittled away in short order, as she bogeyed 2 while Lexi Thompson birdied 1 and 3. Chun dropped another stroke at 6, and all of a sudden she found herself two behind Thompson. The new leader handed a stroke back at 7, though, Thompson’s first bogey in 21 holes. A much-needed momentum changer for Chun? We’ll find out soon enough. Here we go!

-6: Thompson (7)
-5: Kim (8), Chun (7)
-4: Choi (7)
-3: Chang (9)
-2: Lee (10), Green (8)
-1: Hall (15*), Nordqvist (11), Kupcho (9), Henderson (9), Thitikul (8)

Before we get going… a reminder of how this title was decided last year.

Preamble

It’s been quite the week so far for Chun In-gee. The 27-year-old from South Korea has long been looking to add the Women’s PGA Championship to the Women’s Open she won as a 20-year-old tour debutant in 2015 and the Evian Championship she hoisted a year later. A period in the doldrums followed – just the one win on Tour since then, at the KEB Hana Bank in 2018 – but a couple of top-ten finishes in the majors in the last couple of years have seen Chun back on the right track. .. and an opening-day 64 this week, which gave her a record-equalling five-stroke lead after 18 holes, set her fair to end her unexpectedly lengthy wait for major number three.

But it’s tough keeping this sort of thing up for four days. Chun was still five clear through 15 holes yesterday, only to get overwhelmed by tall grass, then a bush, on the par-five 16th. She ran up a double-bogey seven. Suddenly her lead from her going into the final round was only – only! – three, giving the chasing pack renewed hope. And what a chasing pack it is, featuring major champions in Lexi Thompson, Kim Sei-young, Hannah Green, Brooke Henderson, Jennifer Kupcho, Anna Nordqvist, Ko Jin-young, Lydia Ko, Yuka Saso and the new US Open champion Minjee Lee .

“If it’s going to be too easy, then I feel it is boring,” Chun said after her round yesterday. That’s just as well, then, because what previously looked like a definite procession has now the potential to become an absolute nail-biter. Our coverage begins at 6pm BST. It’s on!

Leaders after 54 holes
-8: Chun In-gee
-5: Choi Hye-jin, Lexi Thompson, Kim Sei-young
-4: Hannah Green
-3: Atthaya Thitikul, Brooke Henderson, Jennifer Chang, Jennifer Kupcho
-2: Stephanie Meadow, Minjee Lee
-1: Jessica Korda, Chella Choi, Anna Nordqvist, Angel Yin, Yuka Saso, Lydia Ko, Ko Jin-young


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