Ryu So-yeon Takes World No. 1 Spot After 2nd LPGA Win of Season

      June 27, 2017 10:02

      Ryu So-yeon clinched the No. 1 ranking in women's golf after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas on Sunday.

      Ryu lifted the trophy with a tournament record 18-under 195, edging out runners-up Yang Hee-young, better known as Amy Yang, and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand by two strokes.

      Ryu So-yeon takes a selfie with the trophy after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas on Sunday. /Yonhap

      Ryu's victory moved her into No. 1 from third place in the world rankings. She is the third Korean to reach the top of women's golf after Shin Ji-yai and Park In-bee.

      Sunday's win earned Ryu US$300,000 and put her back on top of the money list with $1.21 million this season (US$1=W1,137).

      She also became the LPGA Tour's first two-time winner of this season, having also won the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the season, in April.

      "Golf is what I love most at the moment. There isn't anything that is more fun than golf," Ryu said.

      Ryu's ascension to No. 1 has taken some golf fans by surprise, as her career haul of five Tour titles since her debut in 2012 is modest compared to previous top-ranked players. But she has consistently managed to play well, avoiding ups and downs and never failing to make the top 10.

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