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.