Golf - Ryu snaps drought at Canadian Women's Open

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Golf - Ryu snaps drought at Canadian Women's Open
LONDON, ON - Ryu So-Yeon of South Korea celebrates her victory at the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club. Dave Sandford/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/DAVE SANDFORD)

- South Korea's Ryu So-Yeon held off compatriot Choi Na-Yeon on Sunday to capture the Canadian Women's Open, snapping an LPGA win drought of more than two years.

Ninth-ranked Ryu, the 2011 US Women's Open champion whose only other prior LPGA crown came at the 2012 Toledo Classic, matched the season-low LPGA 72-hole total of 23-under par, finishing on 265 to defeat Choi by two shots.

Ryu fired a final-round 69, three-under par, to collect a wire-to-wire triumph but only after Choi closed within one stroke with three holes to play. A final six-foot birdie putt at 16 produced Ryu's final margin of victory.

"I did trust myself," Ryu said. "I didn't care about anybody else. I focused on my game. I wasn't playing my best game on the back nine but I just kept through it."

Ryu, 24, had 27 top-10 finishes since her prior victory, 10 of them last season and nine more this year.


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