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So Yeon Ryu becomes No. 1 in women’s golf

The South Korean had not played since the ShopRite Classic two weeks ago, when she missed her first cut in three years.Ryu became the third player this year to rise to No.1 in the Women’s World Golf Ranking and it came on the back of her victory in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday.Yang had eight birdies, an eagle and three bogeys in her round of 64 while Moriya closed with a 66, capping it with a birdie-eagle finish.”That’s the goal I really want to achieve”, Ryu said.Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu has a new title – No. 1 in the world.Throughout the weekend, Ryu made a total of 19 birdies and only one bogey, made during the final round. Prior to that, Lydia Ko held LPGA’s top spot.Yang’s third round was similarly impressive, as she was only two shots behind Ryu after the 12th hole, par-four.Ryu’s performance on Saturday bested the previous course record of 62, set by Angela Park and Jane Park in 2008 and matched past year by Lydia Ko and Ayako Uehara.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. I can not believe it. “Kinda felt like I was struggling a little bit coming in, so that’s why the last two birdies were extremely important to me, because I kind of felt like the momentum was going the other way, so I felt like I got the momentum back and can hopefully post another good one tomorrow”.Ryu is a terrific iron player, which should set her up well at Olympia Fields this week as she bids to win back-to-back majors. With her victory, Ryu ascends to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in her career.Next up on the LPGA Tour is the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Olympia Fields, Ill., which begins this Thursday.