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Ryu pleads with Korean fans: Refrain from 'very sharp criticism'

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INCHEON, South Korea – Korean fans may be crazy for women’s golf, but they can be tough on their players, too.

In a rare public plea, So Yeon Ryu asked Korean fans on Tuesday to restrain themselves during this week’s UL International Crown.

“If there was one favor I could ask the gallery or the crowds that will be showing up,” Ryu said. “If they could refrain from very, very sharp criticism, that would help.

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“Of course, we need to take advice, but really painful, sharp criticism can actually erode our confidence. I think that if we were given a lot of support during the event, then we would definitely be able to win this time.”

American Cristie Kerr almost saw that coming. In the media center before the Koreans came in, Kerr talked about the challenges the Korean team faces at home.

“All of the pressure is on them this week,” Kerr said pointedly. “We're going out swinging, firing, and we're going to keep it loose. We're not going to feel all the pressure that they feel this week. I can assure you that.”