August 24, 2014 5:32 pm

Ryu holds off Choi to win CP Women’s Open

So Yeon Ryu of South Korea chips out of the sand trap on the 4th hole during the second round of the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club on August 22, 2014 in London, Ontario.

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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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