EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — In Gee Chun won the Evian Championship with the lowest 72-hole score in major championship history, finishing at 21-under 263 for a four-stroke victory.
The 22-year-old South Korean player made a 10-foot par putt on the par-4 18th to break the overall major record of 20 under set by Henrik Stenson and Jason Day and the women’s mark of 19 under.
She led from start to finish, although she did share the first-round lead with Sung Hyun Park.
Chun finished with a 2-under 69. In four days of intensely accurate driving and clinical putting, she was near-faultless. Her only significant blemish was a double bogey on the ninth hole in the third round — and even then she limited the damage having opted for a two-stroke penalty.
Chun won the U.S. Women’s Open last year, is only the second player in LPGA Tour history to have her first two tour victories come at majors. The other was countrywoman Se Ri Pak in 1998.
Park tied for second with fellow South Korean player So Yeon Ryu. Park had a 69, and Ryu shot 66.
Defending champion Lydia Ko tied for 43rd at 2 over. She won the Rolex Annika Major Award as the major winner this year with the best combined record in the five tournaments.
NATURE VALLEY FIRST TEE OPEN
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Paul Broadhurst birdied the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to win the PGA Tour Champions’ Nature Valley First Tee Open.
The Senior British Open winner at Carnoustie in July for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, Broadhurst made a 6-foot birdie putt on 18 after running his first attempt past the hole.
The 51-year-old Englishman finished with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer and playing partner Kevin Sutherland. Langer birdied the last for a 66, and Sutherland birdied the final two holes for a 70.
Joe Durant bogeyed the 18th — lipping out a 3-footer — for a 67 to finish fourth at 9 under.
Broadhurst finished at 11-under 204 for two rounds at Pebble Beach and one at Poppy Hills. He won six times on the European Tour and played in the 1991 Ryder Cup.
The seniors played alongside boys and girls from The First Tee programs throughout the country.
ALBERTSON BOISE OPEN
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Michael Thomson won the Web.com Tour Finals’ Albertson Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club to regain a PGA Tour card.
Thompson finished with his second straight 7-under 64, birdieing five of the first seven holes on the back nine, for a three-stroke victory over Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo.
The 31-year-old Thompson finished at 23-under 261 and earned $180,000 in the second of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards. He won the 2013 Honda Classic for his lone PGA Tour title.
Carballo eagled the par-5 second hole in a 66. He earned $108,000 to also wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Grayson Murray was third at 18 under after a 64. He already earned a card as a top-25 finishers on the Web.com money list. England’s Andrew “Beef” Johnston (68) was 17 under and also earned a PGA Tour card, making $48,000 to push is two-event total to $54,910.
The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings — Thompson was 145th, and Carballo 187th — and non-members such as Johnson with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.
The top 25 players on the Web.com regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings. Last year, Rob Oppenheim got the last PGA Tour card with $32,206. In 2014, Eric Axley was 25th at $36,312.
MONZA, Italy (AP) — Home favorite Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open for second time, beating Masters champion Danny Danny Willett by a stroke at Golf Club Milano.
Molinari completed a 7-under 64 in the rain-delayed third round and closed with a 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice. He also won the 2006 tournament at Castello di Tolcinasco. Willett, from England, shot 67-66.