TURNBERRY, Scotland – In Gee Chun will claim LPGA membership based on her U.S. Women’s Open victory, but she’ll wait to do so next year.
Chun, 20, met with LPGA officials Tuesday at the Ricoh Women’s Open to inform them of her decision. She had the option of claiming membership for the rest of this year and next year, but she’s deferring it, which means it’s a one-year exemption. She will play the rest of this year primarily on the Korean LPGA Tour.
After winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club, Chun returned to South Korea and followed up with another victory. She won the Hite Jinro Championship last week.
What’s the reaction been like to her back home?
“Korea is crazy about me right now,” Chun said through a translator. “So everybody is looking forward to me playing here.”
Chun is teeing it up this week for the first time in the Women’s British Open.
“I'm the type of a player who tries to push myself at something new every time,” she said. “I enjoy trying something new and enjoy eating something new, being at a different place, that kind of stuff. So I'm very looking forward to this new situation.”