What’s So Yeon Ryu eating for breakfast these days? She has the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open scoring record in sight and she has the LPGA career scoring record of 27-under trembling at this point. Ryu carded a 5-under 67 Saturday and that put her at 20-under-par 196 for the tournament. She needs to card a 7-under on Sunday to tie the LPGA record and an 8-under 64 to break it. She tees off at 11:45am and we start counting!
Ryu’s owned the 54-hole lead three times before. Twice it resulted in a win – 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic – and the other time at the 2013 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G, she finished second.
But she’s never led by this much at this point, owning a four-shot lead over close friend Na Yeon Choi and Azahara Munoz, who both sit at 16-under-par for their Sunday start.
So Yeon Ryu’s made 27 starts since her last win and finished in the top-10 ten times already this season, but come up empty on Sunday. However, at 20-under, Ryu has smashed her previous 54-hole LPGA best of 201 and is on pace to destroy the tournament’s scoring record of 18-under, which was set by Brandie Burton in 1998 and Meg Mallon in 2004.
Inbee Park, who’s one of Ryu’s best friends on Tour, her dinner companion on Wednesday and Friday nights, and a serious challenger to Ryu’s control of Sunday at the London Hunt and Country Club, had this to say about Ryu’s prospects for breaking those records and claiming the Canadian Open victory:
I think she is due. I think she was due a long time ago . . . Hopefully, if I can’t do it this time, hopefully she does it. I’m really rooting for her.
The astonishing pace Ryu has continued to set is the only reason Azahara Munoz isn’t the major Sunday morning story. Munoz charged back into contention during Saturday’s 3rd round by tying So Yeon Ryu’s course record with her own spectacular 9-under 63 that included six birdies in seven holes from No. 11 through No. 17.
How low will the winning score at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open go Sunday afternoon. Inbee Park’s looking for something in the neighborhood of 25-under par.
The girls as swinging their sticks as I write this post. The final group, So Yeon Ryu, Azahara Munoz and Na Yeon Choi, tees off at 11:45am, and Golf Channel/TSN simultaneous coverage of the round in progress begins at 2pm ET. I’ll be following the round as it unfolds. Follow me on Twitter @bethbethel for updates as they occur and I’ll also notify you when I publish commentary at ProGolfNow.