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Ryu is “living the dream” as new World No.1

So Yeon Ryu didn’t even know she was the new World No.1 when she lifted the trophy on Sunday after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, but now says she’s living her dream.

On Tuesday, Ryu said she was surprised by the news during a celebration dinner later that Sunday night alongside Inbee Park and a host of other friends at a local steakhouse.

And it was fellow golfer Marina Alex who eventually delivered the news to Ryu around the table as they enjoyed their meals.

“I’m living the dream,” Ryu said from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “I still cannot believe it. I was No. 3 and thought I was kind of far away.”

Ryu’s terrific iron play once again came to the fore, and now she hopes it will help her achieve back-to-back major victories when she heads into Olympia Fields this week.

“Compared to the last two years, the rough’s length, I kind of hate to say this, is the easiest,” Ryu said of her three starts in the Women’s PGA Championship.

While Ryu is honoured to be World No. 1, she said her focus is on winning her third different major. She won the US Women’s Open in 2011 and wants to claim the career Grand Slam.

“That’s the goal I really want to achieve,” Ryu said.

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