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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ryu Go, Girl!

While Rory McIlroy was charging back toward the good side of the cut at The Barclays, So Yeon Ryu was making a little history at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.

Okay, maybe a lot of history.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu has been playing very well for quite a while. It's just that she hasn't been able to close out and get a win in a couple of years now. She blames it on her putting, but I can't help but think about the quality of play over the last couple of years. Lately it seems to me that anything less than perfect could cost you a possible win on the LPGA.

Well, she hasn't hit many bad shots the last couple of days -- she's gone 63-66 (-15) so far. In fact, she told LPGA.com:
“After I shot 9-under, 6-under isn’t that great, but still it’s a really great score, and I had a lot of great putts,” she said. “I had a bogey-free round two days in a row, so I feel really great about that. I do love Canadian fans so much. I’m really happy I was able to show really great golf in front of them...
“I’m aiming for a bogey-free round all day four days, and I’m aiming for a really good win,” Ryu said."
"After I shot 9-under, 6-under isn’t that great"? LPGA.com said she was joking but perhaps she's been a bit too hard on herself lately as well.

I told you she's making some history. Here's the deal:
  • Her 129 total for 36 holes is the lowest of this season and the best in the history of this event by 3 shots.
  • I think her 63 in the first round ties her best-ever score and is 3 better than any of her rounds this season. I understand that it was also a course record.
  • She has a 5-stroke lead after 36 holes. That may not be a record in and of itself, but consider this: Last year Lydia Ko won with -15. You have to go back to 2007 when Lorena Ochoa won with -16 to find a lower 72-hole score!
So Yeon Ryu is clearly the favorite at this point. I won't jinx her by giving her the tournament early -- she's bogey-free so far, but there are two rounds yet to go. However, I will say this...

If Lydia Ko -- currently at -5, T24 -- intends to three-peat, she's got some serious work ahead of her today.

GC's coverage starts at 3pm ET today.

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