In Gee Chun had a record-breaking first round, and lead for the first 56 holes of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. On the 57th hole, that’s when her rocky start and Lexi Thompson’s equally good start, allowed Thompson to tie Chun for the lead. A couple of holes later and Thompson was in the lead and, for the first time in the tournament, Chun was the chaser.
Chun steadied herself after her shaky first nine and along with a couple of missed short putts by Thompson (one from 1.5 feet!), retook the lead and won the her 3rd major title by a shot over Thompson and Minjee Lee.
Chun had lead by 7 shots after the first round (she shot 8-under 64), five shots after 36 holes, and still had a 3-shot lead thru 54 holes. She finished the tournament at 5-under par.
Brooke Henderson, with a final round 7-under 64, came from behind to win the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic in a playoff over Lindsey Weaver-Wright. Both finished regulation at 12-under par. The win is Henderson’s 11th on the LPGA Tour.
In the playoff, Henderon hit her second shot on the par-5 18th to within 7 feet of the pin, and proceeded to make eagle to seal the victory, as Weaver-Wright managed only a par.
Minjee Lee, of Australia, won the U.S. Women’s Open by 4 shots over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. Lee shot a final round even par 71 to finish at 13-under for the tournament.
Lee also takes home $1.8 million, the biggest payout in LPGA history. Harigae won $1 million for finishing runnerup. For comparison, the next event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, has a total purse of $1,750,000.
Eun-Hee Ji defeated Ayaka Furue 3&2 in the finals to win the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play Presented by MGM Rewards at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Ji defeated Andrea Lee 4&3 in the semi finals, and Madelene Sagstrom 7&6 (!) in the quarter finals. In the round-robin portion, she defeated Pajaree Anannarukarn 4&3 Danielle Kang 2&1, and tied Kelly Tan.
In the consolation match, Lilia Vu won over Andrea Lee 3&2.
Minjee Lee won the Cognizant Founders Cup by 2-shots over Lexi Thompson, finishing at 19-under after a final round of two-under par 70. This is the seventh LPGA tour win for Lee, and her first of the 2022 season despite leading the tour in scoring for the season.
With a one-shot lead on the final hole, Lee stuck her approach to near tap-in range to seal the tournament.
Marina Alex started the day 3-shots off the lead, but made six birdies to shoot a 5-under 66 and win the Palos Verdes Championship by a shot over Jin Young Ko (who also shot a final-round 66). Alex finished at 10-under.
Alex finished a few groups ahead of the final group of Lydia Ko and Hannah Green, who finished tied for third and fifth respectively, and the broadcast cut to her waiting outside of the clubhouse for final groups to finish up. During one of their cuts to Alex, they caught her telling someone “I had to go to the bathroom the last two holes”.
During the final round, Lydia Ko required some physical therapy treatment a couple of times to stretch out some issue she was having. After the round, Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz asked Lydia why she needed the treatment and the answer left him speechless.
Lydia Ko explaining that her mid-round physical therapy was because it’s “that time of the month.”
Nasa Hataoka won the DIO Implant LA Open in a runaway, winning by 5-shots over Hannah Green. It seemed like Hataoka hit the dead center of every fairway and the win is her sixth on the LPGA Tour. During the telecast the announcers said she was working on turning her body more in her swing, and that swing thought was definitely working.
She also made a lot of putts, and this eagle putt on the 15th pretty much finished the tournament on the 15th: