Ryu So-yeon takes 5-shot lead in Canada

August 22, 2014

By Lee Kyutae

Ryu So-yeon of South Korea fired a 6-under 66 Friday to take a commanding five-stroke lead at the halfway mark of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ryu set a course record with a blistering 63 on Thursday at London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario, Canada.

(Twitter photo)

Ryu So-yeon (Twitter photo)

“Glad to have bogey-free round, specially 2 days in a row,” Ryu tweeted out after the round.

Ryu, 24, has been close all year, and she looks poised to break through. The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champion hasn’t been back to the winner’s circle since picking up her second career LPGA Tour win in August of 2012 at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, but has recorded nine top-10 finishes this year, including three top-5 finishes since June.

Danielle Kang, Choi Na-yeon, and Swedish Anna Nordqvist are tied for second at 10-under 134.

Kang, 21, the two-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur (2010, 2011), is looking for her first win since turning professional.

Choi, 26, is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour, but she is also looking to end a two-year drought.

Nordqvist is looking for her third title of the year.