As the third round of the 2011 US Women's Open approached its close, Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry tweeted this:
Karrie Webb's instructor, Ian Triggs, told me to keep an eye on So Yeon Ryu. I see why now.
So Yeon Ryu, as I write this, is in the clubhouse at 1-under, tied for the lead with a couple other players at 1-under still on the course in their third rounds. So at worst Ryu will be very close to the lead, if not sharing it, as the final round starts.
Who is she? The indispensable Seoul Sisters (which is also where the above photo comes from) tells me that Ryo's rookie season on the KLPGA was 2008, that she won four times on the KLPGA in 2009 and once in 2010, finishing second on the money list in 2009.
So Yeon Ryu entered the week ranked No. 40 in the women's world rankings. Ryo, who finished 25th in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, got into the 2011 Open by virtue of a Top 5 finish on the 2010 KLPGA money list.