Ryu So-yeon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ryu.
So Yeon Ryu
유소연
— Golfer —
So Yeon Ryu.jpg
Ryu in 2013
Personal information
Born (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 24)
South Korea
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  South Korea
Residence South Korea
Career
College Yonsei University[1]
(did not play college golf)
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
LPGA of Korea Tour (joined 2008)
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 3
LPGA of Korea Tour 8
Other 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
(Wins: 1)
ANA Inspiration 2nd: 2013
LPGA Championship T13: 2014
U.S. Women's Open Won: 2011
Women's British Open T5: 2012
Evian Championship T4: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Rookie of the Year 2012

So Yeon Ryu (Korean 유소연, RR Ryu So-yeon, MR Ryu Soyŏn, pronounced [ɾju sʰojʌn]; born 29 June 1990), also known as Ryu So-yeon, is a South Korean professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour and on the LPGA of Korea Tour. She won the 2011 U.S. Women's Open.

Professional career[edit]

Ryu turned professional in 2007 at age 17. Her first win as a professional came in February 2008 on the American Cactus Tour, in which she won by six strokes.[2] She then joined the LPGA of Korea, winning the first event she played, the Sports Seoul Open.

On 11 July 2011, Ryu won the U.S. Women's Open. On the 18th hole of the final round, the toughest hole for the tournament, she trailed the clubhouse leader Hee Kyung Seo by one stroke, but hit her approach to 6 feet and made the birdie putt to force a playoff. Ryu won the three-hole playoff with a birdie on the last hole.

Ryu picked up her second career LPGA Tour win in 2012 at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. With one tournament still to play in the season, Ryu had a big enough lead in the LPGA Rookie of the Year points standings to clinch the award for the season.[3]

On 23 June 2013, Ryu lost in a sudden-death playoff at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship to fellow South Korean Inbee Park. Park made birdie on the first extra hole to take the victory after Ryu could only make par.

Personal life[edit]

Ryu took classes at Yonsei University while also competing full-time on the LPGA Tour.[4] She graduated in February 2013 with a degree in sports business.[5]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 11 Jul 2011 U.S. Women's Open 74-69-69-69=281 −3 Playoff South Korea Hee Kyung Seo 585,000
2 12 Aug 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic 67-68-67-62=264 −20 7 strokes United States Angela Stanford 195,000
3 24 Aug 2014 Canadian Pacific Women's Open 63-66-67-69=265 −23 2 strokes South Korea Na Yeon Choi 337,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 U.S. Women's Open South Korea Hee-Kyung Seo Won three hole aggregate playoff:
Ryu 3-4-3=10 (−2), Seo 3-6-4=13 (+1)
2 2012 Women's Australian Open Paraguay Julieta Granada, United States Jessica Korda,
United States Stacy Lewis, United States Brittany Lincicome,
South Korea Hee-Kyung Seo
Korda won with birdie on second extra hole
3 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship South Korea Inbee Park Lost to birdie on first extra hole

LPGA of Korea Tour wins (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 13 Apr 2008 Sports Seoul-KYJ Golf Open −5 (68-70-73=211) 4 strokes South Korea Hye Yong Choi
2 25 May 2009 Doosan Match Play Championship 27 holes South Korea Hye Yong Choi
3 7 Jun 2009 Woori Investment & Securities Ladies Championship −12 (70-66-68=204) 4 strokes South Korea Soo Jin Yang
4 19 Jun 2009 MBC Tour S-Oil Champions Invitational −6 (69-69-72=210) 1 stroke South Korea Hye Jung Kim
5 16 Aug 2009 SBS Charity Women’s Open −10 (69-70-67=206) 1 stroke South Korea Il Mi Chung
6 19 Dec 2009 Orient China Ladies Open −10 (70-71-70=211) Playoff South Korea Hee Kyung Seo
7 11 Jun 2011 SBS Tour Lotte Cantata Ladies Open −14 (69-69-74=212) 1 stroke South Korea Hye Youn Kim
8 9 Sep 2012 Hanwha Finance Classic −9 (70-70-71-68=279) 1 stroke South Korea Heo Yoon-kyung

Cactus Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 6 Feb 2008 Event #3 at Wigwam Red −8 (70-70-68=208) 6 strokes United States Marcy Hart

Other wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2011 U.S. Women's Open Tied for lead −3 (74-69-69-69=281) Playoff1 South Korea Hee Kyung Seo

1 Defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff: Ryu (3-4-3=10) and Seo (3-6-4=13)

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T64 T41 T56 2 T46
U.S. Women's Open DNP 1 T14 3 T5
Women's British Open DNP DNP T5 T17 T17
LPGA Championship DNP DNP T25 CUT T13
The Evian Championship ^ T4 DQ

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
DQ = disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 5
U.S. Women's Open 1 0 1 3 3 4 4 4
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 3
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 1
Totals 1 1 1 6 6 11 17 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2010 Kraft Nabisco – 2013 Kraft Nabisco)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2012 British Open - 2013 Kraft Nabisco)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2008 1 1 0 0 0 0 T46 5,806 n/a 74.33 n/a
2009 2 1 0 0 0 0 T29 13,111 n/a 73.80 n/a
2010 3 3 0 0 0 0 T12 61,878 n/a 73.18 n/a
2011 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 624,477 n/a 71.80 n/a
2012 24 23 1 2 0 16 1 1,282,673 6 70.30 2
2013 24 23 0 2 3 10 2 1,278,864 5 70.29 4
2014 25 24 1 1 2 15 1 1,468,804 5 69.98 4
  • official through 23 November 2014[6]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
Ryu was not a member of the LPGA Tour until 2012. Money earned from 2008 to 2011 was not considered official by the LPGA Tour.

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2007 554 [7]
2008 127 [8]
2009 59 [9]
2010 43 [10]
2011 27 [11]
2012 7 [12]
2013 5 [13]

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crouse, Karen (11 July 2011). "New Open Winner Ponders Tough Choice: School or Tour?". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cactus Tour 2008 Results". Cactus Tour web site. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ryu Know It!". LPGA. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Golf Channel, College and pro golf? It's possible 27 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ Golfcourier,com, So Yeon Ryu Graduates 25 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Lydia Ko results". LPGA. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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