LPGA Tour

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

October 11-14

Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, South Korea

$2,000,000

Round 4

In Gee Chun captures first LPGA victory since 2016

October 14, 2018

In Gee Chun shed tears on Sunday in relief after claiming her first win on the LPGA Tour since 2016 The Evian Championship. Since then, Chun expressed that she had experienced a difficult time reacting to negative comments about her form shared on the internet and rumors that spread about her every move.

“I was really frustrated with myself for responding or reacting to those comments on line, and so I think that there was a factor there that pushed me down, and I didn't want to get back up again. I was kind of scared because I didn't know how I would act in front of people again, but then I didn't want to act like somebody else. I always wanted to be true to myself and I wanted to be a genuine person,” Chun said openly during her winner’s press conference.

Chun, who was a member of the triumphant Team Korea at last week’s UL International Crown, also shed tears when talking about how much this win meant to her and her family, particularly how excited she was to share this heartfelt victory with her ailing grandmother.

“My grandma, it used to be part of her daily life to watch me play,” said Chun, whose grandmother has been hospitalized for the past few months. “I really, really wanted a win so I can tell her I won, and I wanted to tell her that I loved her. I'm really happy today that I was able to win and that I can tell her, and I'm sure that she's happy for me at the hospital.”

It was a case of so close but so far for England's Charley Hull, who began the final round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in a two-way tie for the lead but ultimately had to settle for outright second place - three strokes behind the triumphant In Gee Chun - after closing with a 1-under 71 on Sunday. In pursuit of a second career win on the LPGA Tour, Hull briefly closed to within two of the lead with three holes to play but then bogeyed the par-four 16th as her title bid effectively ended.

"On 16, I hit a decent tee shot. 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. Oh, well. I'm pretty happy with that result. But this week was a lot of fun. I've been playing pretty well so far this season. Had a bit of a quiet spell through like the Women's British Open and stuff but I feel like my game is in really good condition right now."

Hull, who has recorded six top-10s this year in 21 starts on the LPGA Tour, now heads off to China for next week's Buick LPGA Shanghai and will also play in Japan before ending her 2018 season at the CME Group Tour Championship.

"I definitely have a win in my sights," she said. "I've had a third this year and now a second and quite a few top-10 places, so hopefully, yeah, that second victory on the LPGA Tour is around the corner."

Jin Young Ko ended her title defense at this week's LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in impressive fashion as she matched the lowest round of the tournament with a superb 8-under 64 in Sunday's final round at SKY72 Golf & Resort. Ko, who was a KLPGA player when she won the title last year by two shots, birdied four of the last seven holes to finish alone in seventh place at 11-under.

"I started off really well today," said Ko, who clinched the second LPGA Tour victory her career at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February. "I birdied the first hole and then I just got into the rhythm of things quite naturally. Today my goal was even if I three-putted a hole, I just wanted to be able to get enough distance on my putts because I've been thinking that the greens are really slow. All my putts had sort of fallen short throughout the rounds ... so today, I was thinking even if I three-putt a hole, I just want my putts to go a little bit more. Thinking that, that was just the right distance, so I was able to grab more birdies."

Ko now plans to enjoy herself for the rest of the LPGA Tour's Asian Swing, though she does have one lofty target in mind for the $2.5 million season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples: "The ultimate goal would be to win the CME and take away that huge purse, that's my ultimate dream. More realistically, I just want to be able to have fun and be happy with the remaining events, and through those events I hope to be able to really gain an understanding of what's not working for me now so that I can improve for next season."

Quick hits

•2017 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship defending champion Jin Young Ko shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 in the final round on Sunday, hitting 14 of 14 fairways and 18 of 18 greens

•Jane Park was the only other player to shoot an 8-under 64 in the third round; she finished T44

•Six of the players in the top 10 played in last week’s UL International Crown at Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Korea

•Players in the top 10 represent six different countries (Republic of Korea, England, Australia, Thailand, USA and Japan)

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
In Gee Chun
70 - 70 - 66 - 66
272
-16
$300,000
2
Charley Hull
67 - 69 - 68 - 71
275
-13
$182,956
T3
Sung Hyun Park
68 - 68 - 71 - 69
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Minjee Lee
68 - 71 - 67 - 70
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
69 - 67 - 69 - 71
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Danielle Kang
67 - 69 - 68 - 72
276
-12
$96,411
7
Jin Young Ko
71 - 72 - 70 - 64
277
-11
$56,594
T8
Nasa Hataoka
65 - 73 - 73 - 67
278
-10
$47,079
T8
Seon Woo Bae
71 - 69 - 67 - 71
278
-10
$47,079
10
Nelly Korda
75 - 70 - 69 - 65
279
-9
$40,568
T11
Carlota Ciganda
73 - 71 - 69 - 67
280
-8
$36,310
T11
Lydia Ko
70 - 68 - 68 - 74
280
-8
$36,310
13
Lexi Thompson
72 - 71 - 68 - 70
281
-7
$32,854
T14
Jeongeun Lee6
77 - 70 - 67 - 68
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Ji Yeong2 Kim
73 - 70 - 71 - 68
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Mi Hyang Lee
74 - 69 - 70 - 69
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Ji Hyun Kim
69 - 73 - 70 - 70
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Brooke M. Henderson
73 - 73 - 65 - 71
282
-6
$27,646
T19
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
78 - 68 - 70 - 67
283
-5
$23,439
T19
Sandra Gal
71 - 69 - 68 - 75
283
-5
$23,439
T21
Moriya Jutanugarn
73 - 75 - 69 - 67
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Sei Young Kim
71 - 72 - 73 - 68
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Hyejin Choi
73 - 71 - 70 - 70
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Bronte Law
72 - 72 - 69 - 71
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Jeongmin Cho
74 - 70 - 67 - 73
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Azahara Munoz
71 - 72 - 68 - 73
284
-4
$20,284
T27
Lizette Salas
75 - 72 - 70 - 68
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Brittany Altomare
73 - 72 - 71 - 69
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Su Oh
72 - 72 - 72 - 69
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Anna Nordqvist
70 - 75 - 70 - 70
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Ha Na Jang
69 - 76 - 69 - 71
285
-3
$16,387
T32
Da Yeon Lee
76 - 72 - 72 - 66
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Brittany Lincicome
72 - 76 - 68 - 70
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Ji Hyun Oh
72 - 74 - 70 - 70
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Amy Yang
77 - 68 - 71 - 70
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Ji Hyun2 Kim
75 - 72 - 67 - 72
286
-2
$13,382
T37
Caroline Masson
78 - 71 - 70 - 68
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Ayako Uehara
77 - 72 - 70 - 68
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Marina Alex
72 - 75 - 71 - 69
287
-1
$10,668
T37
So Young Lee
79 - 69 - 69 - 70
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Mo Martin
74 - 71 - 70 - 72
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Amy Olson
69 - 72 - 72 - 74
287
-1
$10,668
43
Seoung yeoun Lee
76 - 75 - 71 - 66
288
E
$9,215
T44
Chae Yoon Park
75 - 71 - 75 - 68
289
1
$8,213
T44
Jenny Shin
74 - 73 - 72 - 70
289
1
$8,213
T44
Pernilla Lindberg
75 - 74 - 68 - 72
289
1
$8,213
T44
Yu Liu
69 - 75 - 73 - 72
289
1
$8,213
T44
Jane Park
79 - 73 - 64 - 73
289
1
$8,213
T49
Chella Choi
74 - 75 - 72 - 69
290
2
$7,045
T49
Lindy Duncan
70 - 74 - 75 - 71
290
2
$7,045
T49
Pornanong Phatlum
75 - 73 - 69 - 73
290
2
$7,045
T52
Jessica Korda
77 - 74 - 74 - 66
291
3
$6,510
T52
Jacqui Concolino
75 - 73 - 71 - 72
291
3
$6,510
T54
Megan Khang
79 - 71 - 72 - 70
292
4
$6,010
T54
Eun-Hee Ji
73 - 75 - 73 - 71
292
4
$6,010
T54
Shanshan Feng
75 - 72 - 73 - 72
292
4
$6,010
T57
Ryann O'Toole
78 - 73 - 72 - 70
293
5
$5,509
T57
Hyun Kyung Park
72 - 76 - 73 - 72
293
5
$5,509
T59
Hyo Joo Kim
73 - 80 - 72 - 69
294
6
$4,928
T59
Xiang Sui
71 - 78 - 76 - 69
294
6
$4,928
T59
Yealimi Noh (a)
76 - 74 - 73 - 71
294
6
$0
T59
Seung Hyun Lee
74 - 76 - 72 - 72
294
6
$4,928
T59
Cristie Kerr
73 - 74 - 71 - 76
294
6
$4,928
T59
Angel Yin
73 - 73 - 72 - 76
294
6
$4,928
65
Katherine Kirk
76 - 73 - 73 - 73
295
7
$4,608
66
Michelle Wie
76 - 77 - 70 - 73
296
8
$4,507
T67
A Lim Kim
80 - 76 - 75 - 66
297
9
$4,307
T67
Ally McDonald
78 - 80 - 70 - 69
297
9
$4,307
T67
Jeong Eun Lee
80 - 78 - 67 - 72
297
9
$4,307
T70
Angela Stanford
80 - 76 - 74 - 68
298
10
$4,057
T70
Sarah Jane Smith
78 - 74 - 74 - 72
298
10
$4,057
T72
Annie Park
82 - 76 - 70 - 72
300
12
$3,932
T72
Wei-Ling Hsu
74 - 76 - 76 - 74
300
12
$3,932
74
Peiyun Chien
76 - 74 - 75 - 76
301
13
$3,856
75
Jennifer Song
74 - 75 - 78 - 76
303
15
$3,806
76
Thidapa Suwannapura
78 - 74 - 76 - 76
304
16
$3,760
77
Emma Talley
77 - 76 - 74 - 79
306
18
$3,713
78
Mariah Stackhouse
79 - 80 - 72 - 76
307
19
$3,666
Pos.
Player
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
In Gee Chun
272
-16
$300,000
2
Charley Hull
275
-13
$182,956
T3
Sung Hyun Park
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Minjee Lee
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
276
-12
$96,411
T3
Danielle Kang
276
-12
$96,411
7
Jin Young Ko
277
-11
$56,594
T8
Nasa Hataoka
278
-10
$47,079
T8
Seon Woo Bae
278
-10
$47,079
10
Nelly Korda
279
-9
$40,568
T11
Carlota Ciganda
280
-8
$36,310
T11
Lydia Ko
280
-8
$36,310
13
Lexi Thompson
281
-7
$32,854
T14
Jeongeun Lee6
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Ji Yeong2 Kim
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Mi Hyang Lee
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Ji Hyun Kim
282
-6
$27,646
T14
Brooke M. Henderson
282
-6
$27,646
T19
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
283
-5
$23,439
T19
Sandra Gal
283
-5
$23,439
T21
Moriya Jutanugarn
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Sei Young Kim
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Hyejin Choi
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Bronte Law
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Jeongmin Cho
284
-4
$20,284
T21
Azahara Munoz
284
-4
$20,284
T27
Lizette Salas
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Brittany Altomare
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Su Oh
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Anna Nordqvist
285
-3
$16,387
T27
Ha Na Jang
285
-3
$16,387
T32
Da Yeon Lee
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Brittany Lincicome
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Ji Hyun Oh
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Amy Yang
286
-2
$13,382
T32
Ji Hyun2 Kim
286
-2
$13,382
T37
Caroline Masson
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Ayako Uehara
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Marina Alex
287
-1
$10,668
T37
So Young Lee
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Mo Martin
287
-1
$10,668
T37
Amy Olson
287
-1
$10,668
43
Seoung yeoun Lee
288
E
$9,215
T44
Chae Yoon Park
289
1
$8,213
T44
Jenny Shin
289
1
$8,213
T44
Pernilla Lindberg
289
1
$8,213
T44
Yu Liu
289
1
$8,213
T44
Jane Park
289
1
$8,213
T49
Chella Choi
290
2
$7,045
T49
Lindy Duncan
290
2
$7,045
T49
Pornanong Phatlum
290
2
$7,045
T52
Jessica Korda
291
3
$6,510
T52
Jacqui Concolino
291
3
$6,510
T54
Megan Khang
292
4
$6,010
T54
Eun-Hee Ji
292
4
$6,010
T54
Shanshan Feng
292
4
$6,010
T57
Ryann O'Toole
293
5
$5,509
T57
Hyun Kyung Park
293
5
$5,509
T59
Hyo Joo Kim
294
6
$4,928
T59
Xiang Sui
294
6
$4,928
T59
Yealimi Noh (a)
294
6
$0
T59
Seung Hyun Lee
294
6
$4,928
T59
Cristie Kerr
294
6
$4,928
T59
Angel Yin
294
6
$4,928
65
Katherine Kirk
295
7
$4,608
66
Michelle Wie
296
8
$4,507
T67
A Lim Kim
297
9
$4,307
T67
Ally McDonald
297
9
$4,307
T67
Jeong Eun Lee
297
9
$4,307
T70
Angela Stanford
298
10
$4,057
T70
Sarah Jane Smith
298
10
$4,057
T72
Annie Park
300
12
$3,932
T72
Wei-Ling Hsu
300
12
$3,932
74
Peiyun Chien
301
13
$3,856
75
Jennifer Song
303
15
$3,806
76
Thidapa Suwannapura
304
16
$3,760
77
Emma Talley
306
18
$3,713
78
Mariah Stackhouse
307
19
$3,666