Ryu wins Ladies Championship

South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu came from a shot behind competitor, friend and compatriot Inbee Park to capture the professional singles title at the World Ladies Championship on Sunday.

Ryu went into the final round trailing former world number one Park by a single shot on nine-under and the deficit had grown to three shots by the seventh hole.

She managed to recover, shooting a four-under 69 when Park could only manage a 71, to win by a single shot on 13-under.

“I didn’t expect that I had a chance to win this tournament, because in the second and first rounds, I didn’t play really well,” Ryu told the Ladies European Tour website.

“Fortunately I was able to shoot eight under in the third round so after that I was in contention.

“I’m really proud of myself, because it’s good to be back in contention and our group was exciting, with Inbee and Suzann (Pettersen).

“It was good to play with Inbee, my best friend on the tour. She is not number one right now, but I believe she is the true number one, so it was great to compete with her.”

“I missed quite a few birdie putts but Inbee wasn’t able to make a lot and the pressure was a little less, which was helpful.

“The winning putt, no matter how long it is, is always nervous. My hands were literally shaking.”

China’s Xiyu Lin and Norway’s Pettersen finished tied for third on 10-under after both carding 70’s in Sunday’s final round.

Park and Ryu were also competing in the event as a team, representing South Korea, and comfortably won the pairs event for the second consecutive year. In 2014, Park won the individual event with Ryu as the runner-up.

Chinese prodigy Lei Ye, 13, claimed the individual amateur title by finishing 55th overall, at the bottom of the leaderboard, on 13-over.