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S. Korean Ryu So-yeon captures 2nd LPGA win of 2017

All News 07:50 June 26, 2017

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean golfer Ryu So-yeon has picked up her second LPGA win of the season in Arkansas.

The world No. 3 claimed the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas, on Sunday (local time) with a three-round total of 18-under 195. Ryu shot a two-under 69 in the final round to set a tournament record in relation to par, and beat fellow South Korean Amy Yang and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand by two strokes.

Ryu, 26, now has five career wins on the tour.

In this Associated Press photo, Ryu So-yeon of South Korea watches her tee shot during the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas, on June 25, 2017. (Yonhap)

Ryu is the first LPGA player to win multiple tournaments this season. The 15 previous tournaments had produced 15 different champions, including seven South Koreans. Ryu's first win of 2017 came at the season's first major, the ANA Inspiration, in April.

Ryu held a comfortable, five-stroke lead over two golfers heading into the final round at 16-under. She set the course record Saturday with a blistering round of 10-under 61, thanks to 10 birdies.

And in the final round, Ryu, not needing anything spectacular, played steady golf. She recorded one birdie on the front nine, and traded two birdies with a bogey at the first three holes on the back nine. She then parred the last six holes to close out her win.

Yang, who began the day at nine-under, closed the gap with a roller-coaster of a round before coming up short. Yang had three birdies and an eagle against one bogey on the first nine. Then from hole Nos. 11 to 16, Yang recorded four birdies and two bogeys to reach 15-under, three behind Ryu, with two holes to play.

Yang missed a relatively short birdie attempt at the par-3 17, and Ryu wasn't threatened the rest of the way.

Jutanugarn had a birdie and an eagle over the final two holes to pull into a tie for second with Yang.

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