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So Yeon Ryu
Rookie Year
2012
Height
Career Earnings
$10,631,115
Ryu picked up the game of golf in the second grade as part of her school's extracurricular activities...An avid violinist at a young age, Ryu enjoys music.

LPGA Tour Victories (6 wins, 2 major)

  • 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give 

  • 2017 ANA Inspiration, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

  • 2014 Canadia Pacific Women's Open

  • 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic

  • 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

LPGA Awards (1)

  • 2017 Rolex Player of the Year, Rolex ANNIKA Major Award

  • 2012 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year 

UL International Crown (3)

  • 2014, 2016, 2018

2018 in a Nutshell

  • 23 events, 23 cuts made, $1,438,850 (6)
  • Won her sixth career title oh the LPGA Tour with a two-shot victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give
  • Recorded top-10 finishes in three of the five majors including a tie for second at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship
  • Made more than $1 million in season earnings for the seventh consecutive year, finishing in sixth place on the LPGA Official Money list with $1,438,850
  • Ended 2018 in fourth place in the final Race to the CME Globe standings and ranked tied for sixth in rounds in the 60s (42), ninth in scoring average (70.12), ninth in total birdies (363) and 14th in GIR (73.4%)
  • Crossed the $10 million mark in career earnings with her T3 finish at the CME Group Tour Championship

Career Highlights:

2017:

  • 23 events, 21 cuts made, $1,981,593 (2)
  • Won multiple times in a season for the first time in her career and posted 12 top-10 finishes en route to sharing Rolex Player of the Year honors with Sung Hyun Park (the first time two players tied for Rolex Player of the Year in the 51-year history of the award)
  • Won the 2017 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award
  • Ranked second in GIR (77.5%), fourth in eagles (11), fourth in rounds in the 60s (45) and sixth in scoring average (69.68)
  • Defeated Lexi Thompson on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the ANA Inspiration

2016: 

  • 24 events, 24 cuts made, $1,259,651 (10)

  • Entering 2017, she has made 55 consecutive cuts

  • Finished in the top-10 on Tour in GIR (2nd), scoring average (6th) and rounds under par (10th)

  • Member of Team Korea at the UL International Crown, posting a 3-1-0 record

2015: 

  • 25 events, 23 cuts made, $1,292,395 (8)

  • 10 top-10 finishes including eight top-5 finishes

2014: 

  • 25 events, 23 cuts made, $1,468,804 (5)

  • Was a member of Team Korea at the inaugural UL International Crown, posting a 3-1-0 record

2013: 

  • 24 events, 23 cuts made, $1,278,864 (5), 10 top-10 finishes including two runner-up finishes at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

  • Finished in the top-10 in 5 statistical categories including rounds under par (3rd), scoring average (4th), rounds in the 60s (4th), top-10 finishes (4th) and birdies (6th)

2012: 

  • 24 events, 23 cuts made, $1,282,673 (6), 1 victory, 15 additional top-10 finishes

  • Earned Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors.

  • Finished in the top-10 in 7 statistical categories including putts per GIR (1.75), putting average (29.25), scoring average (70.3), rounds under par (66.3%), birdies (356), rounds in the 60s (33.7%) and sub-par holes (361).

2011:

  • Ryu defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open to earn her first LPGA Tour victory and her LPGA Tour card for the 2012 season. 

  • Ryu is a six-time winner on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) where she was a rookie in 2008.

Amateur Highlights

  • As an amateur, Ryu was a member of the Korean National Golf Team from 2005-2007 and she won a gold medal for Korea, both in individual and team events, in the 2006 Asian Games that were played in Doha, Qatar.

Personal:

  • Ryu picked up the game of golf in the second grade as part of her school's extracurricular activities. 

  • An avid violinist at a young age, Ryu enjoys music.

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