NAPLES, Fla. – So Yeon Ryu made an important decision this fall.
She decided she’s no longer going to believe she’s a bad putter.
It’s working wonders.
After a 4-under-par 68 Friday, she is right back in contention for another shot at her fourth LPGA title. She’s three shots behind Lydia Ko at the CME Group Tour Championship. She will play with Ko and Ryann O’Toole in the final grouping Saturday.
Ryu is on a nice run, with three top-five finishes among her last five starts.
A major swing change is paying off, but so is a major change in attitude toward her putting.
“I like judge myself, 'Oh, I'm bad putter,’” Ryu said. “Then all of a sudden, somehow, I was able to switch my mind to, 'OK, I'm a great putter. I'm not a bad putter.’”
Ryu changed her swing under Cameron McCormick earlier this year. She also goes to Ian Baker Finch to work on her short game.
“Ian Baker Finch always told me, 'So Yeon, when you're on the putting green, you just think this green is yours.’ So I started to have this attitude on the green, and I am playing well right now.”
Ryu recorded 28 putts in both Rounds 1 and 2, as she looks to snap a two-year LPGA winless drought.