|So Yeon Ryu
|— Golfer —|
Ryu in 2013
29 June 1990 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
(did not play college golf)
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
LPGA of Korea Tour (joined 2008)
|Number of wins by tour|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||8|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||2nd: 2013|
|LPGA Championship||T25: 2012|
|U.S. Women's Open||Won: 2011|
|Women's British Open||T5: 2012|
|The 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.
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. 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.
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.
Professional wins (12)
LPGA Tour wins (2)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other LPGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||11 Jul 2011||U.S. Women's Open||74-69-69-69=281||−3||Playoff||Hee Kyung Seo||585,000|
|2||12 Aug 2012||Jamie Farr Toledo Classic||67-68-67-62=264||−20||7 strokes||Angela Stanford||195,000|
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||2011||U.S. Women's Open||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|| Julieta Granada, Jessica Korda,
Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome,
|Korda won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||2013||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship||Inbee Park||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
LPGA of Korea Tour wins (8)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||13 Apr 2008||Sports Seoul-KYJ Golf Open||−5 (68-70-73=211)||4 strokes||Hye Yong Choi|
|2||25 May 2009||Doosan Match Play Championship||27 holes||Hye Yong Choi|
|3||7 Jun 2009||Woori Investment & Securities Ladies Championship||−12 (70-66-68=204)||4 strokes||Soo Jin Yang|
|4||19 Jun 2009||MBC Tour S-Oil Champions Invitational||−6 (69-69-72=210)||1 stroke||Hye Jung Kim|
|5||16 Aug 2009||SBS Charity Women’s Open||−10 (69-70-67=206)||1 stroke||Il Mi Chung|
|6||19 Dec 2009||Orient China Ladies Open||−10 (70-71-70=211)||Playoff||Hee Kyung Seo|
|7||11 Jun 2011||SBS Tour Lotte Cantata Ladies Open||−14 (69-69-74=212)||1 stroke||Hye Youn Kim|
|8||9 Sep 2012||Hanwha Finance Classic||−9 (70-70-71-68=279)||1 stroke||Heo Yoon-kyung|
Cactus Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||6 Feb 2008||Event #3 at Wigwam Red||−8 (70-70-68=208)||6 strokes||Marcy Hart|
Other wins (1)
|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||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 not in chronological order before 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|
|The Evian Championship ^||T4|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
|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|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||1||1||1||1||1|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2010 Kraft Nabisco – 2013 Kraft Nabisco)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2012 British Open - 2013 Kraft Nabisco)
- Crouse, Karen (11 July 2011). "New Open Winner Ponders Tough Choice: School or Tour?". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- "Cactus Tour 2008 Results". Cactus Tour web site. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Ryu Know It!". LPGA. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
- Golf Channel, College and pro golf? It's possible 27 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Golfcourier,com, So Yeon Ryu Graduates 25 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013.