Ryu rolls to win in Ontario
08/24/2014 5:30 PM
08/24/2014 7:44 PM
London, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - So Yeon Ryu carded a 3-under 69 on Sunday as she rolled to a 2-stroke victory at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Ryu finished her wire-to-wire win at 23-under-par 265. Her 265 tied the lowest score in tournament history, while her score of 23-under bested the tournament's lowest number in relation to par by five strokes.
"I've been waiting so long for the champagne," Ryu said. "I was ready to get champagne. I put champagne on Inbee (Park) maybe more than five times, but finally she gave it to me. So it feels great."
The win was Ryu's third on the LPGA Tour and first since the 2012 Jamie Farr Owens Toledo Classic.
Na Yeon Choi (67) finished in second place at 21-under, while Park (68) took third at London Hunt and Country Club at minus-18.
Azahara Munoz (71) ended in fourth place at 17-under, two shots ahead of Kim Kaufman (66) and Danielle Kang (69).
Ryu entered the day four shots ahead of Munoz and Choi, but Munoz quickly fell out of the picture with back-to-back bogeys at the first and second.
Ryu then rolled in a birdie at the third to move to 21-under and open up a 5- stroke lead over Choi. Ryu made it two gains in a row at the fourth, but Choi also birdied the hole to remain five shots off the pace.
After Park birdied the three straight holes from the fifth to join Choi in second place at 17-under, Choi converted a birdie effort at the seventh to move to minus-18.
Ryu again answered Choi's birdie with a gain of her own at the seventh, and then added another birdie at the ninth to move six clear at 24-under.
But her lead began to shrink from there, starting with a bogey at the 10th to drop to 23-under.
Choi pulled within three of the lead with birdies at the 11th and 13th, and then used a 2-shot swing at the 15th to get within one of the lead as Choi recorded her third birdie in five holes to reach 21-under, while Ryu bogeyed the 15th to fall to minus-22.
Ryu, however, regained some of her previous cushion with a birdie at the 16th and parred her final two holes to end at 23-under.
Choi could not put any more pressure on her fellow South Korean, though, and would par her final three holes to end two shots off the pace.
"It could sound like cocky, but after I made a birdie at the ninth hole I was sure I could win," said Ryu. "But actually, you know what, Na Yeon almost chased me down, so I was pretty nervous at that moment."
NOTES: Ryu had 27 top-10 finishes since her last win ... With the win, Ryu is expected to move from ninth in the world rankings to fifth ... The LPGA Tour record for the lowest score in a tournament is a 27-under by Annika Sorenstam at the 2001 Standard Register Ping ... Karrie Webb recorded a hole-in-one at the second hole. It was the fourth ace of the tournament ... The LPGA Tour moves to Portland, Oregon, next week for the final major of the season the Evian Championship, where Suzann Pettersen will defend her title.
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