So Yeon Ryu Wins U.S. Women’s Open

So Yeon Ryu Wins U.S. Women’s Open

So Yeon Ryu beats Hee Kyung Seo in 3-hole playoff to capture U.S.

So Yeon Ryu, who turned 21 on June 29, is the first player from South Korea to win an LPGA Tour event this season and the third-youngest U.S. Women’s Open winner behind Inbee Park and Se Ri Pak. With her win, Ryu takes home $585,000 of the $3.25 million purse.

This was Ryu’s second U.S. Women’s Open, having finished in a tie for 25th at last year’s event. It was also her second event on the LPGA Tour this season. She finished in a T41 at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship. She has played in eight LPGA Tour events and her previous best finish was a T12 at the 2010 LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

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U.S. Women’s Open – Pre-Tournament Interviews

Headlining this week’s field at The Broadmoor are 18 of the top 18 players in the Rolex Rankings. That includes Yani Tseng, Rolex Rankings No. 2 Cristie Kerr, No. 3 Suzann Pettersen, No. 4 Jiyai Shin and No. 5 and the 2010 LPGA Official Money List leader Na Yeon Choi.

Cristie Kerr

Yani Tseng

Seeking out the Slam: Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng, 22, has the opportunity this week at The Broadmoor to become the seventh LPGA player and the youngest golfer in history (male or female) to complete the career Grand Slam. All that’s currently lacking from Tseng’s impressive resume in major championships is a U.S. Women’s Open victory.  (click here to read more)

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Betsy King

A two-time Women’s Open champ and 34-time LPGA winner who retired from the LPGA in 2005, King began practicing again to prepare for competition on the Legends Tour. The Legends Tour offers competition for women’s professionals age 45 and over.

Defending champion Paula Creamer (courtesy lpga.com)

Defending champion Paula Creamer will attempt to earn back-to-back titles at this year’s tournament. Creamer captured her first major championship title at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Penn. She entered the final round of the 65th U.S. Women’s Open with a three-stroke lead and never looked back. Creamer shot a final round 69 to take a four-shot victory over Choi and Pettersen. The 24-year-old enters this week coming off a third-place finish at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and has started to play some of her best golf of late.

Creamer is one of 10 former U.S. Women’s Open champions in this week’s field. Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Inbee Park (2008), Kerr (2007), Birdie Kim (2005), Juli Inkster (2002, 1999), Karrie Webb (2000, 2001), Se Ri Pak (1998), Betsy King (1990, 1989) and Laura Davies (1987) are the remaining Open champions who are in the field for the 66th U.S. Women’s Open..

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