Women's PGA Championship: In Gee Chun extends lead after record-breaking opening round

    In Gee Chun hits her shot from the 18th tee during the second round of the 2022 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

    (CNN)In Gee Chun extended her lead at the Women's PGA Championship on Friday, following up a historic opening round with another impressive performance.

    Ranked 33rd in the world, the South Korean shot a three-under 69 to move six strokes clear at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, and accelerate her pursuit of a third career major.
    It is the biggest lead after 36 holes in any women's major across the last 20 years, according to KPMG Performance Insights.
      New Zealand's Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho of the USA lead the chasing pack after carding 67 and 68 respectively.
        A sensational start Thursday had seen Chun, 27, sink nine birdies en route to carding an eight-under 64 that tied the lowest opening round in Women's PGA Championship history and established a new record for Congressional's Blue course, remodeled in 2021.
        Chun leads the field by six strokes heading into Saturday's third round.
        Incredibly, Chun had held a seven-shot lead on her return to the clubhouse, with her ferocious start catching the eyes of many across the golf world -- none more so than two-time major winner Justin Thomas.
        "I can't stop staring at the leaderboard. Leading by 7 halfway thru day 1!!!!" Thomas tweeted.
          Though the margin had been cut to five by compatriot Hye-Jin Choi and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by the day's close, Chun's advantage still leveled the largest first round major lead in women's golf history.
          Chun's feat was made even more impressive by the fact many players had struggled with the effects of overnight rain, with Choi and Phatlum the only other players to shoot under 70.
          Chun hits her first tee shot of the opening round Thursday.

          'I don't know what course In Gee is playing'

          Defending champion Nelly Korda, having shot 71, marveled at Chun's efforts.
          "I don't know what golf course In Gee is playing," Korda said Thursday.
          "She must be playing really well. I would think when I teed it up today, I would be very happy with the score that I shot.
          "I think at the beginning part of the day you saw some higher numbers. In Gee is just playing really well, and applause to her. Sometimes it just has to be your week, right? You're going to continue to stick to your game plan and hopefully shoot some good numbers coming into Sunday."
          Champion at the US Women's Open in 2015 and the Evian Championship a year later, victory in Bethesda would end Chun's six-year wait for another major