OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – So Yeon Ryu sat alone on a shuttle bus headed back from Wrigley Field to the drop-off point in Tinley Park. It had been a long day for the newly-minted World No. 1, who’d gone from pro-am to press conference to a welcome reception in a black dress and heels. She was still smiling when the lights popped on as the bus rolled in. Ryu thanked the driver as she walked down the stairs.
Not much had changed for the elegant Ryu in the 48 hours she’d been No. 1. She expects more interviews and more autographs at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. But so far, the added pressure and responsibility haven’t set in.
There’s a tussle at the top right now on the LPGA. After Lydia Ko spent 85 consecutive weeks at the top, Ariya Jutanguarn ousted her on June 12 after a victory at the Manulife LPGA Classic. Jutanugarn’s reign lasted only two weeks, however, as Ryu took over on June 26, becoming the first repeat winner of the 2017 season.
Add Lexi Thompson (No. 4) and In Gee Chun (No. 5) to the mix and the No. 1 ranking could be a free-for-all the rest of the year.
It’s reminiscent of the 2010 season, when Lorena Ochoa abruptly retired in April, leaving…