So Yeon Ryu will be buying the next dinner for the bride and her bridesmaids, possibly in Evian-les-Bains next month. Ryu ended a two year, 27-start drought Sunday afternoon with her victory at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, and the bridal party — the three top South Korean golfers on the Tour — made it a 1-2-3 sweep. Bridesmaid Na Yeon Choi challenged Ryu to the end, but simply wasn’t able to close the huge gap So Yeon Ryu had opened with her stunningly strong Thursday and Friday rounds. Choi finished at 21-under and in second place; and the bride-to-be, Inbee Park, finished at 18-under, five strokes behind bridesmaid Ryu and in solo third.
Ryu, who carded four rounds in the 60s and claimed her win at 23-under par, shattered the previous best finish in relation to par (-18) set by Brandie Burton in 1998 and tied by Meg Mallon in 2004.
The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open victory has moved Ryu’s 2014 winnings above the million dollar mark and put her at 6th on the 2014 LPGA Official Money List.
But the win isn’t just about the money. In addition to a check for $337K, Ryu will also get 30 points for the Rolex Player of the Year race and 500 points for the Race to the CME Globe contest. Those points will move her from 13th to 6th in the CME Globe rankings. Now with a total of 1,939 points, Ryu is tucked in between Anna Nordqvist and Lexi Thompson. She’ll need five more victories before the season ends to challenge Stacy Lewis’s control of the race with a million dollar bonus.
Ryu will also jump from 9th to 5th in the world rankings, which will put her in the mix with Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, and Suzanne Pettersen and much better positioned to challenge the monopoly that Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis seem to have established at the top of the rankings.
With Ko, Park and Lewis taking the week off next week, and Wie still out with her hand injury, Ryu will have a clear shot at directly challenging Portland Classic defending champion Suzann Pettersen. If she can deliver four more rounds in Portland that match or even approach her London Hunt and Country Club performance, I can see her gliding right past Pettersen in the world rankings.