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Golf: South Korea's Chun wins Evian Championship with record score

Winner of last year's US Women's Open, Chun is set to win the season's Rookie of the Year award. Photograph: (AFP)

WION ?vian-les-Bains, France Sep 19, 2016, 12.07 AM (IST)
Teary-eyed Chun In Gee claimed the Evian Championship with a record winning total on Sunday. 

The 22-year-old South Korean won the championship by four shots with a final round 69. 

She said: "I can’t believe I have just won the Evian Championship on 21 under. I’m not dreaming am I?"

Chun insisted it was a team effort, thanking her caddie David Jones. 

In the final hole she drove into the rough at the long par four and laid up with her second shot. But she then hit a 95 yard wedge shot to ten feet and holed out to spark the celebrations.

"I was so nervous coming down the last," she said. "But my caddie said to me ‘make par and I’ll buy dinner.’ Now I feel like I am dreaming, I am so happy."

The win ensures her the season's Rookie of the Year award. Chun was also the winner of last year's US Women's Open before she joined the LPGA Tour.

Chun recalled the testing time earlier in the year when she suffered a controversial back injury and had to miss over a month on Tour. 

"After the injury I was struggling with myself and my body and psychological problems," she said. "I was in a bad mood, a negative side."

The injury happened at Singapore airport when fellow player Jang Ha Na’s father lost control of a suitcase and it fell down an escalator. The incident had caused an uproar in South Korea. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 
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