Lexi Thompson bogeyed two of her final three holes, giving In Gee Chun a one-shot victory at the Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club.
Chun went into the final round three shots ahead of the field, but four bogeys on the front nine in windy conditions allowed the chasers, including Thompson, to catch up to her.
Thompson then took a two-shot lead before Chun capitalised with a birdie on the 16th as Thompson missed a shot.
Thompson bogeyed the 17th and could only par the 18th as Chun secured her third major title with two more pars, including a clutch five-foot putt on the 18th green.
Chun began her Congressional Country Club competition by breaking the course record and matching the lowest opening round in Women’s PGA Championship history.
She then followed up her eight-under-par 64 with rounds of 69, 75, and 75 on Sunday.
“It means a lot [to win] because I didn’t have any victories for almost three-and-a-half years,” Chun said after lifting the trophy. “So, I really appreciate all of my sponsors because they always believed in me.
“My family, coach, managers and my caddie and my fans in Korea, they all never gave up on me no matter how I did. Thank you so much.”
“Lexi had it in her grasp, the chip on 16 changed the whole day,” Sky Sports pundit Dame Laura Davies said. She’ll be cruising to victory if she birdies the hole.
“But fair play to In Gee, even though she wasn’t having the day she wanted, she stuck in there in case anything happened, and sure enough it did happen and she was there.
“That two-putt at the last was fantastic.”
For Thompson, it’s yet another competition finale that will keep her awake at night. Thompson had an eight-shot lead with five holes to play at the US Open last year but didn’t make the play-off.
The American had a two-shot lead at Congressional Country Club before struggling with her short game. A misplaced chip on the 16th hole, in particular, seemed to jumble her thoughts and throw her off course.
“We know that last year she didn’t want to do interviews and that’s very understandable,” Davies said. “Today, she took it like a champion to be honest with you, and that’s a very hard thing to do.
“When you feel like it was yours and you’ve not won it, it’s so difficult to smile and do all of the congratulations on the 18th green. Huge plaudits because she’s taken yet another big blow very well.
“How this will affect her in her next major? Maybe she’ll break the duck there and get another major under her belt because this one definitely got away.”
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