So Yeon Ryu becomes women’s golf No.1

So Yeon Ryu becomes women’s golf No.1

At the top So Yeon Ryu, the world’s third ranked player, captured her fifth career win on the LPGA.

Ryu s victory made a statement as she put on a record- setting performance in Arkansas.

The 26-year-old South Korean capped her impressive bogey-free round with back-to-back birdies, finishing with 10 on the day to claim comfortable lead over Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and University of Arkansas alum Stacy Lewis at Pinnacle Country Club.

Ryu So-Yeon seized the world number one ranking on Sunday as she closed with a two-under 69 at the Northwest Arkansas Championship for her 15th career global title. “There isn’t anything that is more fun than golf”, Ryu said.

“Dreams come true. I always dreamt about it”. She set the new tournament record with a 10-under par, 61 on Saturday, which resulted in a new 36-hole record at 16-under par.

She had not played since the ShopRight Classic two weeks ago, when she missed her first cut in three years.

Throughout the weekend, Ryu made a total of 19 birdies and only one bogey, made during the final round.

Moriya’s compatriot Pornanong Phatlum (69) was among a group of 10 players, including first-round leader Park Sung-Hyun (73), tying for 10th on six-under 136, one stroke ahead of defending champion Lydia Ko (67).

Pannakorn Uthaipas gave himself the flawless birthday gift by securing a three-shot victory for his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the US$160,000 Taifong Open in Changhwa, Taiwan yesterday.

The 26-year-old Ryu, who took command of the tournament with a course and tournament record 61 in Saturday’s second round, became the second multiple victor on the LPGA Tour this season while picking up her fifth career victory.