Hainan, China (SportsNetwork.com) - So Yeon Ryu carded a 4-under 69 in Sunday's final round and she came from behind to beat Inbee Park by two strokes at the World Ladies Championship.
Ryu finished at 13-under-par 279 on the par-73 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills. The 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion claimed her first Ladies European Tour title.
Park, last year's champion, closed with a 2-under 71 and she ended alone in second at minus-12.
Ryu bogeyed the first, but got that stroke back as she birdied the third. Both Ryu and Park birdied the fifth and sixth. However, Ryu gave both shots back as she faltered to a double-bogey at No. 7.
That left Ryu three shots back at minus-9. After Park bogeyed the eighth, Ryu birdied the ninth to get within one. Ryu dropped in back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12 to grab the lead at 12-under.
Park joined Ryu atop the leaderboard with a birdie at the 16th. However, Ryu answered with a birdie on No. 17. They both parred the last to give Ryu the title.
The duo from Korea easily won the team title as they combined to post a total of 559. They ended 15 strokes clear of Norway's Suzann Pettersen and Marianne Skarpnord
Xi Yu Lin and Pettersen both closed with 3-under 70s. They shared third place at 10-under 282.