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So Yeon Ryu pays it forward again

Winning and donating prize money has become a habit for the South Korean, who pledged her entire check – more than $206,000 – to help coronavirus relief

Pledged: By South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu, to donate her winner’s check from the Kia Motors Korean Women’s Open to coronavirus- relief efforts, according to a report by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Ryu, who had not competed since the LPGA shut down its season in mid-February in Australia, shot 12-under 276 for a one-shot victory at Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club in Incheon. She offered the winner’s check of 250 million won (about $206,200) to help fight the pandemic. It was her first victory in nearly two years and the first in her homeland since 2015. The generosity is nothing new for Ryu, 29, whose six victories on the LPGA include two major championships. According to a report by Golf Channel’s Randall Mell, Ryu won the 2018 LPGA Meijer Classic and donated $100,000, about one-third of her check, to a local food pantry. In 2019, after finishing runner-up in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, she donated half of her earnings – more than $45,000 – to wildfire assistance Down Under.

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