The Advice That Helped Ryu Thrive

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All Ryu needed to win was some advice

Yeon Ryu reigned as world no.1 for almost five months last year. So it wasn’t surprising that she grew frustrated when she could not keeping her momentum going.

I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

She sought advice from her friend Inbee Park, who ended up giving her some effective advice.  “Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu did in fact get over it, and ended up winning the Mejjer LPGA Classic last week, which was the sixth LPGA title of her career, and her third in 15 months.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I’ve got total confidence, by last week.”

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