LONDON, Ontario (AP) — So Yeon Ryu missed out on the LPGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record. She got the champagne shower she was longing for on the final green— reversing roles with Inbee Park.
"I've been waiting so long for the champagne," Ryu said Sunday after winning the Canadian Women's Open for her third LPGA Tour victory. "I was ready to get champagne. I put champagne on Inbee maybe more than five times. Finally, she gave it to me."
While Ryu fell short of Sorenstam's tour record of 27 under, she finished at 23 under at London Hunt to break the tournament record for relation to par by five shots.
"I'm a bit disappointed I couldn't reach Annika's record," Ryu said.
The 24-year-old Ryu closed with a 3-under 69 to hold off fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes. Park — the LPGA Championship winner last week — completed a South Korean sweep of the first three spots, shooting a 68 to finish at 18 under.
The three players are close friends — Ryu and Choi will be bride's maids at Park's October wedding — and dined together Wednesday night at a sushi restaurant.
"After I signed my card, Na Yeon asked me, 'Why don't we go to have dinner every Wednesday night,'" said Ryu, projected to jump from ninth to fifth in the world ranking. "I think we're going to stick with that."
Ryu opened with a course-record 63 and added rounds of 66 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final day. She took a six-shot advantage to the back nine, but that dropped to a single stroke when she bogeyed the par-4 15th and Choi made a birdie.
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