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So Yeon Ryu
Rookie Year
2012
Height
Career Earnings
$8,563,980
Ryu picked up the game of golf in the second grade as part of her school's extracurricular activities...An avid violinist at a young age, Ryu enjoys music.

LPGA Tour Victories (5 wins, 2 major)

  • 2017 ANA Inspiration, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

  • 2014 Canadia Pacific Women's Open

  • 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic

  • 2011 U.S. Women’s Open

LPGA Awards (1)

  • 2017 Rolex Player of the Year, Rolex ANNIKA Major Award

  • 2012 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year 

UL International Crown (2)

  • 2014, 2016

2017 in a Nutshell

  • 23 events, 21 cuts made, $1,981,593 (2)
  • Won multiple times in a season for the first time in her career and posted 12 top-10 finishes en route to sharing Rolex Player of the Year honors with Sung Hyun Park (the first time two players tied for Rolex Player of the Year in the 51-year history of the award)
  • Won the 2017 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award
  • Ranked second in GIR (77.5%), fourth in eagles (11), fourth in rounds in the 60s (45) and sixth in scoring average (69.68)
  • Defeated Lexi Thompson on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the ANA Inspiration

Career Highlights:

2016 in a Nutshell: 

  • 24 events, 24 cuts made, $1,259,651 (10)

  • Entering 2017, she has made 55 consecutive cuts

  • Finished in the top-10 on Tour in GIR (2nd), scoring average (6th) and rounds under par (10th)

  • Member of Team Korea at the UL International Crown, posting a 3-1-0 record

2015: 

  • 25 events, 23 cuts made, $1,292,395 (8)

  • 10 top-10 finishes including eight top-5 finishes

2014: 

  • 25 events, 23 cuts made, $1,468,804 (5)

  • Was a member of Team Korea at the inaugural UL International Crown, posting a 3-1-0 record

2013: 

  • 24 events, 23 cuts made, $1,278,864 (5), 10 top-10 finishes including two runner-up finishes at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G

  • Finished in the top-10 in 5 statistical categories including rounds under par (3rd), scoring average (4th), rounds in the 60s (4th), top-10 finishes (4th) and birdies (6th)

2012: 

  • 24 events, 23 cuts made, $1,282,673 (6), 1 victory, 15 additional top-10 finishes

  • Earned Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors.

  • Finished in the top-10 in 7 statistical categories including putts per GIR (1.75), putting average (29.25), scoring average (70.3), rounds under par (66.3%), birdies (356), rounds in the 60s (33.7%) and sub-par holes (361).

2011:

  • Ryu defeated Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open to earn her first LPGA Tour victory and her LPGA Tour card for the 2012 season. 

  • Ryu is a six-time winner on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) where she was a rookie in 2008.

Amateur Highlights

  • As an amateur, Ryu was a member of the Korean National Golf Team from 2005-2007 and she won a gold medal for Korea, both in individual and team events, in the 2006 Asian Games that were played in Doha, Qatar.

Personal:

  • Ryu picked up the game of golf in the second grade as part of her school's extracurricular activities. 

  • An avid violinist at a young age, Ryu enjoys music.

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