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In Gee Chun

Who is In Gee Chun?

One of South Korea’s finest, who is In Gee Chun? Find out more on the Korea with our player profile here…

 

In Gee Chun is one of South Korea’s best, a three-time major winner over an illustrious career to date.

Born in August 1994, Chun took up the game at the age of 11 after following her father to the driving range. From there, she was hooked, and would go to Korea University. Upon her graduation from there, she played mostly on the LPGA Tour of Japan and LPGA Tour of Korea for the first few years of her career.

After a number of wins on both, she then secured her maiden major title in 2015, which came at the US Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club. That year would be an incredible one for Chun, who won eight times across the LPGA, KLPGA and JLPGA Tours, with five of those being majors (one LPGA, two KLPGA, two JLPGA).

Those performances would be followed a year later by a victory at the Evian Championship in France, her second major in as many years. The South Korea would go on to win a third at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2022, and she now has 15 career victories. She has also represented her country at the Olympics, finishing in a tie for 5th in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

In Gee Chun | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: In Gee Chun
Born: August 10, 1994
Nationality: South Korea
Residence: Gunsan, South Korea

Career

College: Korea University
Turned Pro: 2012
Professional Wins: 15
Highest World Ranking: 3 – September 19, 2016

Best Results In Majors

Best Finishes:
Chevron Championship – T2 (2016)
– Women’s PGA Championship – WON (2022)
– US Women’s Open – WON (2015)
– Amundi Evian Championship – WON (2016)
– AIG Women’s Open – 2nd (2022)

Professional Wins – 15

2013 (1) – Kia Motors Korea Women’s Open
2014 (3) – S-Oil Champions Invitational, KDB Daewoo Securities Classic, Chosun Ilbo-POSCO Championship
2015 (8) – Samchully Together Open, World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, Doosan Match Play Championship, S-Oil Champions Invitational, US Women’s Open, Hite Jinro Championship, Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship, KB Financial Star Championship
2016 (1) – The Evian Championship
2018 (1) – LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship
2022 (1) – Women’s PGA Championship

Achievements and Awards

LPGA of Korea Tour Money List Winner – 2015
LPGA Vare Trophy – 2016
LPGA Rookie of the Year – 2016

In Gee Chun | What’s In Her Bag?

The South Korean is a PING staffer, with her bag made entirely of the brand’s clubs. She plays the G430 LST driver and fairway woods, along with a pair of G430 hybrids. The i210 irons are joined by a trio of s159 wedges. Her bag is completed with the PING 2021 Anser 2 putter. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about In Gee Chun

When and where was In Gee Chun born?

In Gee Chun was born in August 1994 in Gunsan in the North Jeolla Province of South Korea. 

When did In Gee Chun turn professional?

In Gee Chun turned professional in 2012 after graduating from Korea University. She spent a couple of years playing on the LPGA Tour of Korea and LPGA Tour of Japan before making the move to the LPGA Tour. 

How many major titles has In Gee Chun won?

As of May 2024, In Gee Chun is a three-time major winner. Her first two victories on the LPGA Tour were both majors – the 2015 US Women’s Open and the 2016 Evian Championship. After a six year wait, she then won the Women’s PGA Championship, which also means she only needs two more to complete the ‘Grand Slam’.

What is In Gee Chun’s nickname?

Chun is known to her friends as ‘Dumbo’. This affectionate name comes from her coach Won Park, who named her Dumbo because of her good sense of hearing. You can often hear fans shouting it out at tournaments. 

Did you Know?

Majors On Three Tours In A Calendar Year

2015 saw In Gee Chun make golfing history as she became the first player in history to win majors on three different tours. 

Her US Women’s Open victory was joined by a pair of major wins on the LPGA Tour of Korea and the LPGA Tour of Japan. 

Korean Olympian

Chun has also had the privilege of playing for her country at the Olympic Games. She did so when golf returned to the Olympic programme in 2016, and was one of three South Koreans – alongside Inbee Park and Amy Yang – to finish in the top five. 

ROTY/Vare Trophy Double

In her first season on the LPGA Tour, Chun took two of the season-long awards. Thanks to her second major title, she was crowned Rookie of the Year. She also had the lowest scoring average across the season, meaning she won the Vare Trophy award as well. 

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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