So Yeon Ryu to play Women's Aust Open

Encouraged by her strong Down Under connections, South Korean superstar So Yeon Ryu has committed to play the Women's Australian Open golf championship in Adelaide.

Currently world No.3, Ryu will join countrywoman and defending champion Ha Na Jang in the field at Kooyonga from February 15-18 - returning to an event where she lost out in a six-woman playoff in 2012.

The two-time major champion got to world No.1 in July following her second LPGA Tour win of the year.

She has three Australians as key figures in her camp, coach Cameron McCormick - who also mentors Jordan Spieth - caddie Tom Watson and physio Adam Olarenshaw.

"I last played in Adelaide as an amateur and I remember how great the courses were back then and the fun we had in the city," Ryu said.

"I have always thought Australian courses suit the way I play and I've heard a lot about Kooyonga from my Aussie team and I'm looking forward to coming back to play it in February.

"Somehow I've surrounded myself with Australians and the country is an integral part of my life and game.

"It doesn't make sense that I haven't been to the Open for a couple of years and I'm excited to be back."

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