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Ryu Boosts Women's Australian Open Field

So Yeon Ryu has confirmed her presence for the Women's Australian Open in February (Photo: Golf Australia/Getty Images)
The Women’s Australian Open has received a major boost with confirmation former World Number One So Yeon Ryu will be in the field in Adelaide in February.

The two-time major champion had hinted earlier in the year she was keen to tee up at Kooyonga Golf Club and today’s announcement is a welcome one as the LPGA Tour co-sanctioned event continues to go from strength to strength.

Ryu, the reigning ANA Inspiration champion, has strong Australian connections with caddie Tom Watson, coach Cameron McCormick and physio Adam Olerenshaw all hailing from ‘Down Under’.

“I last played in Adelaide as an amateur and I remember how great the courses were back then and the fun we had in the city,” Ryu said in a statement released by Golf Australia..

“I have always thought Australian courses suit the way I play and I’ve heard a lot about Kooyonga from my Aussie team and I'm looking forward to coming back to play it in February.

“Somehow I've surrounded myself with Australians and the country is an integral part of my life and game. It doesn't make sense that I haven’t been to the Open for a couple of years and I’m excited to be back.”

Ryu’s last Open appearance came in 2012 at Royal Melbourne when she was part of an epic six-way play-off eventually won by American Jessica Korda.

Tournament organisers were understandably delighted to make the announcement, ISPS Handa executive director Midori Miyazaki saying it further enhanced the tournament’s reputation worldwide.

“So Yeon is an incredibly popular player around the world and we are delighted that she’s signed on,” Miyazaki said.

“It means a lot to the tournament and its reach to have the support of the world’s leading players as we harness the power of sport to create hope, inspire change and break down barriers.”

The Women’s Australian Open will be played at the Kooyonga Golf Club from February 15-18.


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