It took a playoff for So Yeon Ryu to win her first LPGA title at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open. But she made sure there would be no such close call with her second career victory.
Ryu fired a career-low, 9-under 62 in Sunday’s final round to capture a six-shot win over Angela Stanforda at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I. Ryu finished at 19-under-par for the event following rounds of 67-68-67-62 on the par-71 Highland Meadows Golf Club.
The 22-year-old LPGA Tour rookie entered the day tied for the lead with three of her fellow South Koreans – Jiyai Shin, Hee Kyung Seo and I.K. Kim. But it didn’t take long for Ryu to sprint out ahead of the pack. She birdied two of her first five holes and then strung together six straight birdies from No. 9-14 to run away from the field.
Ryu, who has eight top-10 finishes now this season, earned a $195,000 first-place check with her victory. Since she was a non-member at the time of her victory at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, she also becomes the fifth Rolex First-Time Winner of the 2012 season. She joins Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, Shanshan Feng and Brittany Lang as the other Rolex First-Time Winners this season.
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