Republic of Korea’s So Yeon Ryu shot a 5-under par 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give heading into the weekend over Germany’s Sandra Gal and Japan’s Sakura Yokomine.
Ryu, No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings, holed five birdies on her back nine after shooting even par on her front side. The reigning Rolex Co-Player of the Year could become the fifth Korean player to win on Tour in 2018 with a victory this week.
Ryu is not very worried about a weekend forecast of extreme heat and humidity.
“I don't mind the hot weather,” she shared. “I actually hate cold weather. I don't mind how hot it is. And then we play with a lot of hot weather. Also, it's not going to be hotter than Thailand or Singapore, so I'm cool with it.”
Gal, who has two top-10 finishes in her last three starts, is looking to add a second victory to her resume alongside the 2011 Kia Classic. Yokomine, a 23-time winner on the LPGA of Japan Tour, finished as the runner-up at last week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic and is in search of her first LPGA win.
Another German, Caroline Masson, is alone in fourth place at 11-under par, while South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace, Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Australia’s Su Oh are three shots off the lead in a tie for fifth at 10-under par.
GAL POSTS LOW ROUND OF 2018
Sandra Gal starred in the afternoon wave with an 8-under par 64, her lowest round of the 2018 season, to get to 12-under and just one back of leader So Yeon Ryu.
Gal has been working tirelessly with her new coach, Cameron McCormick, and the results are starting to show. She finished T5 last week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Korea’s So Yeon Ryu. Photo by Jeannie Gregory/RockfordRoar.com
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