Shocking: In Gee Chun falters but still has three-shot lead at Women’s PGA Championship

In Gee Chun saw her lead chopped in half Saturday but she still managed to hold a three-stroke advantage entering the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Bethesda, Md.

Chun shot a 3-over 75 after opening with rounds of 64 and 69 at Congressional Country Club. The South Korean sits at 8-under 208 as she pursues her third career major title.



Lexi Thompson (70) and South Koreans Hye-Jin Choi (70) and Sei Young Kim (71) are tied for second at 5 under. Australia’s Hannah Green (72) is fifth at 4-under 212.

Chun had three birdies, four bogeys and a harmful double-bogey on the par-5, 16th hole during a shaky overall round.



“It was a little tough out there,” Chun said. “I’m so proud of myself because I hang in there after I had double bogey on 16. After I made two pars and then I’m so proud of that, yeah.”

Chun entered the round up six shots and was still leading by five before the problems on 16. One of her troublesome shots was an 8-iron that sailed over the green.





“I was trying to forget about it when it’s done,” Chun said of the hole.

Thompson carded four birdies and two bogeys. Three of the birdies came in a four-hole stretch on the back nine.

“Overall, it was a very steady day,” Thompson said. “I feel like there was two iffy holes. Basically No. 9 and No. 10 where I had some good saves in there. Overall very steady, and I took advantage of a few birdie putts that I had on the back nine and made a longer putt, I guess, on 15, whatever it was, for birdie.”


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