LPGA Rookie So Yeon Ryu Shoots 62 and Wins by 7 Shots at the Jamie Farr Classic

Fred AltvaterContributor IIAugust 13, 2012

So Yeon Ryu blitzed the field at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic
So Yeon Ryu blitzed the field at the Jamie Farr Toledo ClassicGregory Shamus/Getty Images

So Yeon Ryu was tied with three of her fellow South Korean countrywomen after 54 holes at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in Ohio.  In fact, South Korean women held seven of the top-10 spots after the third round at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

That would all change very quickly on Sunday.

So Yeon Ryu came out firing on all cylinders.  She would miss putts for birdie at No. 1 and No. 2 but got her first putt to drop at No. 3 and collected another birdie at No. 4.

The fun would really start at No. 9 as Ryu made six consecutive birdies to open up a six-shot lead on the rest of the field.  

As Yogi Berra would say, It was over before it was over.

She said later in her postround press conference that her pars on No. 15, 16 and 17 seemed like bogeys.

She added another birdie for good measure at the par-5 18th for a nine-under par 62 and an aggregate 20-under par for the four rounds over Highland Meadows Golf Club.

The Jamie Farr Toledo Classic was her first official LPGA win, although she did win the U. S. Women’s Open last year to earn her LPGA Tour Card for 2012.

This gives So Yeon Ryu eight top-10 finishes in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour.  She is now ranked No. 12 on the Rolex World Rankings, and this win will move her into No. 10 on the LPGA Money List.

Ryu was quick to credit her work with Dave Stockton as making a big difference in her game.

In fact she received a text from him encouraging her to relax, smile, and enjoy the experience of being in contention in an LPGA event.

Stockton had multiple winners this weekend as another star pupil Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship by eight shots.

Ryu also mentioned mental coaching and mental preparation helped her to stay calm on the course.

She is close friends with Olympic gymnast Yeon Jae Son, and Son has helped her with mental techniques to stay calm and focused during her round.

Ryu also gave credit to her mother, who travels with her on the LPGA Tour and helps her stay relaxed.

So Yeon Ryu is a name to remember.  There will be many more wins for this young lady before her career is over.

The LPGA next moves to Portland, Oregon, for the Safeway Classic.