So Yeon Ryu wins in Arkansas; 1st 2-time winner this year

Ko climbed 33 places to a share of 20th at the three-round NW Arkansas Championship, a tournament she won previous year.So Yeon Ryu reached the ninth green Saturday with the 36-hole Northwest Arkansas Championship record all but sealed, even with a 10-foot birdie attempt in her sights. I hit a good shot into there.The Walmart is the tournament before the LPGA Tour’s next major of the season, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.Ryu round at Pinnacle Country Club included 10 birdies and no bogeys and matched the best round of her career.It was a relieved So Yeon Ryu who converted a five-shot overnight lead into a two-shot victory at the LPGA’s NW Arkansas Championship to become the first multiple victor of the 2017 season. With her fourth runner-up finish of the year, along with one victory, Lexi Thompson moved to the top of the LPGA Tour money list, just $410 short of $1 million. “You were on fire out there”.She entered the tournament fourth in the LPGA Tour in driving distance, and she lived up to that Friday, booming 290-yard drives on the 7,001-yard course.Ko will have a chance to make that ground back up on the top two when playing at the second major of the year, the Women’s PGA Championship, at Olympia Fields Country Club in IL next weekend. She struggled in her two events after that run, finishing 56th and then missing the cut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic this month in New Jersey. She said the break allowed her to clear her mind. “I lost confidence a little bit”.”But I think it was great to have two weeks off, because when you have two weeks off you totally forget about how you played the last few tournaments”.Stacy Lewis and Moriya Jutanugarn were tied for second after each shooting 65. They each shot 65.”Yesterday my (sports) psychologist said don’t try to be ideal, so I think that was really key word on the golf course today”.”I knew yesterday with the wind the morning half is the scoring half, so I knew if I get out early and hit some good shots, I would be able to make some birdies”.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).