Ryu survives horrible start, stays in Skirts contention


DALY CITY, Calif. – So Yeon Ryu knows what she likes so much about Lake Merced Golf Club.

It reminds her of the kind of course that would host a major championship.

“If the greens were a little firmer and faster, it would definitely be like a U.S. Women’s Open,” Ryu said.

As the winner of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, that’s a good thing for Ryu. It has helped Ryu realize there was bound to be some trouble to deal with before she signed her final scorecard at the Swinging Skirts Classic this week, and that helped her deal with Friday’s poor start.

A day after setting the tournament course record with a 9-under-par 63, Ryu opened the second round with three consecutive bogeys. She bogeyed four of the first five holes on a tough, windy day but still found herself in the thick of contention after signing for a 75.

Full-field scores from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

“It really feels great to be in contention, because I was struggling with my game earlier this year,” Ryu said. “I haven’t really been in contention. So, I’m thrilled to go to battle with the other girls.”

Ryu’s first tee shot sprayed right into trouble leading to her first bogey. She barely clipped a branch with her tee shot at the second and bounded into trouble, and then she had some more bad luck at the third. She almost holed an 8-iron on the fly, with the ball landing an inch from the hole before ricocheting off the flagstick and then racing back off the front of the green. It ended up 58 yards from the hole.

“Hopefully, I’ve had all my bad luck for the week,” Ryu said.

Ryu burst onto the American scene in 2011, when she won the U.S. Women’s Open at Colorado Golf Club as a Korean LPGA Tour player. She’s seeking her fourth LPGA title, her first since winning the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August of 2014. She did win twice last year, once on the KLPGA Tour and once on the Ladies European Tour.