Posted by: happyfan08 | June 7, 2009

2009 KLPGA Woori Securities Ladies Championship Rd 3

Round 3 started with Aram Cho and So Yeon Ryu tied for the lead, and tour superstar Hee Kyung Seo just three shots back.  Seo has made a habit of final round charges, so she certainly was not out of it at that point, while Ryu has not always closed strongly in the past.  So the tournament was definitely up for grabs.

Past problems notwithstanding, Ryu quickly established herself as the player to beat on Sunday.  She birdied holes three and four, and got help from Cho, who bogied four and five.  Just like that, Ryu had a three shot lead over the field, and she would maintain that lead for the front nine.  Cho, meanwhile, continued to struggle and would not be a factor on this day.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

Hee Kyung Seo was also unable to do much of anything.  She had a birdie and two bogies on the front nine, and the same on the back to plummet right out of the top ten.  It’s the third straight event where she failed to play that well, after making top twos in four of her first five tournaments.  Hopefully she will soon diagnose her troubles and get back on track.

For Ryu, however, the smooth sailing continued.  She made birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie on holes 10 – 13 to move to 12 under and a five shot lead.  The only player who was making noise behind her at that point was rookie Soo Jin Yang.  Yang has been heavily touted as a future star, and the 17 year old showed her stuff by shooting a 66 to move to 8 under and a second place finish, the best of her career.

Rookie star Soo Jin Yang

Rookie star Soo Jin Yang

But no one was going to beat Ryu on this day.  She made one more birdie and one more bogey and cruised to a four shot win over Yang. 

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

After her struggles with finishing tournaments earlier in her career, Ryu has now won two of her last three and the third tournament of her career.  She seems to be poised to challenge Seo as the top player on the tour. 

Regardless of what happens next, congratulations to So Yeon Ryu on another brilliant tournament victory!

Congratulations to So Yeon Ryu!

Congratulations to So Yeon Ryu!

Scores:
1. So Yeon Ryu 70-66-68 -12
2. Soo Jin Yang (R) 71-71-66 -8
3. Sun Ju Ahn 71-67-71 -7
4. Sul Ah Yoon 69-70-71 -6
Bo Kyung Kim 68-70-72 -6

Notables:
6. Anna Oh 70-75-66 -5
Bo Mi Lee 67-74-70 -5
12. Soo Young Moon 69-74-69 -4
13. Hye In Lee 70-70-73 -3
Hee Kyung Seo 68-71-74 -3
Aram Cho 68-68-77 -3
18. Ha Neul Kim 74-70-70 -2
28. Young Ran Jo 73-71-73 +1
He Yong Choi 72-73-72 +1
33. Il Hee Lee 73-72-73 +2
Ran Hong 72-73-73 +2
Shin Ae Ahn (R) 71-73-74 +2
Hyun Joo Lee 73-73-72 +2
44. Ji Na Lim 71-75-73 +3
Hyun Hee Moon 68-78-73 +3
Seon Hwa Lee 2 (R) 74-70-75 +3
Bobea Park 71-72-76 +3

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