So Yeon Ryu shoots course-record 61 at NW Arkansas Championship

But a second round with two double bogeys and two bogeys dropped the LPGA Tour rookie from Mississippi State into a tie for 30th after a round of 73.

Both Jutanugarn and Lewis each followed their opening-round 66s with seven birdies against one bogey.

Ryu So-yeon carded a tournament-record 10-under-par 61 to take a five-stroke lead heading into the final round of the NW Arkansas Championship.

Stacy Lewis and Moriya Jutanugarn were tied for second after each shooting 65. "I made a really long putt at eight, 17, and then I boost up and the shot was getting better and better".

Ryu also soared from No. 3 to No. 1 in world rankings, becoming the third South Korean, after Shin Ji-yai in 2010 and Park In-bee in 2013, to have that distinction.

"First of all, I really appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world", she said.

All that is lacking to solidify her rapid rise into the ranks of the LPGA's elite is a victory, possibly this weekend in advance of next week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

She'll have a chance to become the first two-time victor this season if she can overcome the seven-stroke deficit from which she starts the day.

"I have a few good memories out here", Ryu said.

The Thai, who turns 27 in three days, overcame a shaky start where he traded two birdies against two bogeys in his opening five holes with three birdies on his way home for a three-under-par 69 and a winning total of 13-under 275.

The LPGA Tour releases the first-round pin sheet with the pin placements (or as they say officially, hole locations) just before play gets going in the morning.

"I feel so much better than, you know, like the last four years", Miyazato said.

Lydia Ko didn't have the best of times at the Arkansas Championship over the weekend.

That saw her finish at 18-under for the 54-hole tournament, breaking Ko's tournament scoring record set previous year by one shot. She won the ANA Inspiration outright in a playoff against Lexi Thompson, but the outrage over Thompson's four-stroke penalty left some believing Ryu was an undeserving champion. "I just felt like if I could get close and a good round tomorrow, you never know what is going to happen".

  • Leroy Wright