Posted by: happyfan08 | June 19, 2009

KLPGA S-OIL Champions Invitational Rd 3

He Yong Choi was the leader after two rounds.  She was looking for her second win of the season, and first since last December.  But she did not get out to a particularly good start, going two over par on the front nine.  Still, she had the lead, and plenty of time to recover.

He Yong Choi

He Yong Choi

Unfortunately for her, however, the hottest player on tour was intent on making her life difficult.  That player was Choi’s arch-rival, So Yeon Ryu.  Ryu started the day eight shots behind Choi, but three straight birdies from hole 5 moved her to 3 under total and just 3 shots back at the turn.  And that’s when she really got hot.  She made birdie at 11 to move to 4 under, then ripped three more birdies off from hole 13 to cruise to 7 under, taking the lead from Choi for the first time all week.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

Ryu ended up finishing at 7 under, and since she started about an hour before Choi, Choi and several other players still had a chance to catch her.  But Choi was never able to get on track; she made a birdie but two more bogies on the back nine and finished at 5 under total, tied for third.

In fact, in the end, no one was able to catch Ryu, and So Yeon pulled off her second straight victory and third in the last four starts.  There is no hotter golfer on any tour than the 18 year old phenom!

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

The KLPGA tour has on its hand a real battle for supremacy.  Earlier in the year, it was Hee Kyung Seo who was dominant.  But lately Seo has struggled, and Ryu has become the player to beat.  When the tour starts up again in two months, will one of them emerge as the undisputed top star on tour? 

That remains to be seen, but congratulations to So Yeon Ryu on another brilliant performance.  The future seems endlessly bright for the young star!

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu

Scores:
1. So Yeon Ryu 74-70-65 -7
2. Hye Jung Kim 69-69-72 -6
3. Soo Hwa Jang (R) 69-70-72 -5
He Yong Choi 69-67-75 -5
5. Sun Ju Ahn 68-73-71 -4
Eun Jung Kim 72-67-73 -4

Notables:
7. Soo Young Moon 74-66-73 -3
9. Bo Mi Lee 73-69-72 -2
10. Hyun Joo Lee 74-69-72 -1
15. Ji Na Lim 70-69-77 Even
19. Hae Jung Kim 73-71-73 +1
Shin Ae Ahn (R) 74-71-72 +1
Hee Kyung Seo 74-70-73 +1
26. Bobea Park 72-73-73 +2
28. Soo Jin Yang (R) 70-73-76 +3
Hye Youn Kim 72-74-73 +3
Ha Neul Kim 75-71-73 +3
35. Bo Kyung Kim 72-70-78 +4
40. Ran Hong 75-72-74 +5
Hyun Hee Moon 74-72-75 +5
47. Hye In Lee 73-73-76 +6
51. Seon Hwa Lee 2 (R) 74-72-77 +7

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