LONDON, Ont. – So Yeon Ryu held off a back-nine charge from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi to win the US$2.25-million Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
Ryu finished with a 23-under par 265, breaking the tournament record of 18 under but not threatening Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour record of 27 under.
The 24-year-old Ryu started Sunday’s final round with a four-shot lead that evaporated to one when she bogied the 15th hole and Choi birdied.
That was as close as it would get, as Ryu sank a birdie putt on No. 16 and beat Choi by two strokes to capture her first title since the 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
Ryu, the No. 9 player in the world, had 26 birdies and just three bogeys as she became the first wire-to-wire winner at this event since Michelle Wie in 2010.
Inbee Park, also from South Korea, finished third at 18 under a week after winning the LPGA Championship.
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