Low-round alert: Jeongeun Lee6's 61 at Evian ties best round in major history

Jeongeun Lee6 enjoyed a historic day at the Amundi Evian Championship, birdieing her last four consecutive holes to shoot 10-under 61, tying (...)

Low-round alert: Jeongeun Lee6's 61 at Evian ties best round in major history

Jeongeun Lee6 enjoyed a historic day at the Amundi Evian Championship, birdieing her last four consecutive holes to shoot 10-under 61, tying the lowest round in major championship history.

Hyo Joo Kim shot 61 in Round 1 of the 2014 Evian.

Lee6’s 15-under 127 total opened up a seven-stroke lead midway through the second round and sets a new 36-hole record for LPGA majors, besting the 129 mark set by In Gee Chun at this championship in 2016.

The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open champ chipped in on the eighth hole and came to the reachable par-5 ninth hole (her 18th) with a chance to make eagle and shoot 60. But a leaked tee shot to the right, placed her in the rough, and she was forced to lay up. Lee6 then confidently drained a 15-foot putt for birdie right in the heart to take her place in history.

“I heard Hyo Joo Kim’s score,” said Lee6, “so last I missed fairway … I tried, third shot. Yeah, I made birdie. It’s amazing.”

Lee6 hit 10 fairways, 15 greens and took only 23 putts on her 10-birdie day. She said she planned to focus on her backswing and her targets the rest of the way. She had two consecutive top-10 finishes coming into this week.

David Buhai, whose wife Ashleigh plays on tour, has been caddying for Lee6 since the start of the year and felt she seemed hyper-focused during Friday’s round. Buhai said it was by far the best round he’d seen up close.

“Every putt looked like it was going to go in,” said Buhai. “It was incredible. Not one nerve. Speed was just perfect.

“I had the best seat in the house and I just kept my mouth shut.”

Japan’s Ayaka Furue shot 66-68 to get to the clubhouse at 8 under. Seven-time major winner Inbee Park carded a 64 that included a double-bogey on the first hole and holds a share of third with Thai phenom Atthaya Thitikul and American Lauren Stephenson, who both shot 69.

When Lee6 won the U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, one of the first things she said through an interpreter at the winner’s press conference was that the next time she won a tournament she’d do the interview in English. Later that year, Lee6 delivered a beautiful and emotional speech at the Rolex Awards banquet when she earned Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year honors.

At the Evian on Friday, she was as clutch during a live Golf Channel interview with Jerry Foltz after the round as she’d been on the course. And, as Foltz pointed out, she was likely more nervous about that chat than the putt for 61.

“From a personal point of view,” said Buhai, “I mean, 6’s English from the first day I met her to now is incredible. She actually I think gets my jokes now, understands them, which helps.”

Lee6 confirmed that she and Buhai have the same sense of humor and that she continues to take English lessons from a Canadian tutor once a week.

Although LPGA players are still unable to dine out on tour, Lee said she still plans to celebrate the occasion with take-out: “I need delicious food.”

 

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Kenny Flowers has taken its unique styles to the golf course in matching patterns for men and women.

Kenny Flowers: Hawaiian-themed golf apparel that even allows men and women to match on the course

Kenny Flowers, a popular direct-to-consumer brand of resort wear known for its Hawaiian-inspired shirts and swimwear, is taking a swing at the golf scene with matching apparel for men and women in bright colors and prints.

The polos feature a modern athletic fit with four-way stretch and are made in Portugal with 80-percent recycled polyester and 20-percent Spandex. They feature UPF 40+ sun protection plus anti-odor, moisture-wicking and winkle-resistant properties. Each polo has a built-in tee holder on the collar and coconut buttons. ($88 at kennyflowers.com)

The matching polos are great for team golf, couples or if you are looking to bring vacation energy to a tournament.

Kenny Flowers’ unique tee holder and coconut buttons on their polos, sold for  $88 (Kenny Flowers).

“Golf took off in 2020 as a great socially-distanced activity, and I realized that Kenny Flowers could fill a void in the golf apparel industry by launching the first line of high-quality matching golf shirts for both men and women,” , ” said Kenny Flowers CEO & founder Kenny Haisfeld. “As a brand that’s known for unique prints that make a statement—and is all about embracing the feeling of vacation—we wanted to give our customers the chance to feel fresh on the fairway, too.”

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