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Golfer Christina Kim Shoots Back At Rude Fan

Pro golfer Christina Kim shot back at a rude golf fan on Twitter on Thursday, sparking an immediate reaction from her fans quick to defend her honor.

A Long Island, N.Y. man sent Kim a message via the social media service saying, “You are one big fat kiss of triple bogey death.”

Kim, a San Jose, Calif.-native known for her brash personality and colorful wardrobe, chastised the man for his rude remark.

“Gotta love how people are so fearless on twitter. I may be fat, having a sh-t year on tour, and going through unimaginable things, but at least I’m not a coward,” Kim tweeted. “Everything I tweet, I would Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Will Yun Lee, J-Pop Star Crystal Kay, Artist Frank Cho

Korean American Actor Will Yun Lee Wins Best Ensemble Acting Award
HanCinema

Being an Asian American in Hollywood is challenging, says Will Yun Lee who recently shared in the award for Best Ensemble Acting at this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for the film Where the Road Meets the Sun. But it is getting better, Lee adds, and more opportunities are opening up every day.

Crystal Kay aims for spring break vibe in Zushi
The Japan Times

The Japan Times published a Q&A with Crystal Kay, the biracial Korean American who just so happens to be a Japanese pop superstar.

Crystal Kay has been an exciting singer to watch mature in the music industry. Since her debut at 13 years old, this Yokohama native has wowed fans with her powerful vocals and a compelling personal story of being a mixed-race singer (Korean-American) in Japan.

Film Review: ‘Wedding Palace’
Hyphen

On a completely different note is the AAIFF closing night feature Wedding Palace by Christine Yoo. This is the fictional story of Jason Kim (Brian Tee, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), a Korean American in L.A. whose family is cursed (the origins of which are shown in an imaginative hand-drawn/CGI animation blend), meaning that the 29-year-old must marry by his 30th birthday. A relationship with a long-term girlfriend doesn’t work out; neither do set-ups orchestrated by his meddling parents (in one fun scene, Jason and his parents are in a Dating Game-style show to assess potential brides). Eventually, a business trip to Seoul leads Jason to the seemingly perfect Na Young (Hye-jung Kang, Oldboy), but of course several wrenches are thrown in along the way to their budding relationship.

North Korea mocks South over artillery fire claims
Stars & Stripes

North and South Korea traded insults Thursday, a day after South Korea responded to what it determined was artillery fire from the North – the latest chapter in the tense relationship between the two countries.

Once again, experts are left scrambling for explanations of what it all means.

‘X-Men’ miniseries coming from Frank Cho
digitalspy

Frank Cho has announced that he is writing and illustrating an X-Men miniseries.

The Liberty Meadows creator listed his upcoming projects for the next 12 months on his website Apes and Babes.

“I can’t say too much right now, but this miniseries will have three of the hottest women in the Marvel Universe,” said Cho of the title.

Lydia Ko advances; Jihee Kim ousted at Women’s Am
Los Angeles Times

Korean Kiwi Lydia Ko, 14, advanced on Wednesday in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship with a win over Lauren Dobashi. Meanwhile, defending champion Danielle Kang of Southern California remained alive in her repeat bid.

Returning to help Korean kids through KKOOM
Korea Herald

It all started when Aimee Jachym returned to South Korea for a year-long volunteer program, having left her country of birth at just four months old.

Her year out soon turned into a vocation as the Korean-American adoptee founded the Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission to help orphans still living here to a better life.

Souvenirs from the World’s Most Dangerous Border
Der Spiegel (Germany)

Given that North and South Korea are still technically at war, the wall between them is officially a cease-fire line. With its watchtowers and guns, the demilitarized zone is the world’s most dangerous border, no matter how popular it may be with tourists.

Koreans Overcome Differences By Way of Cuisine
Voice of America

There is an increasing number of North Korean defectors who are opening North Korean restaurants and even a cooking school in their new home in South Korea. Check out our May 2011 story on a North Korean restaurant in Northern Virginia.

Teaching Korean students to dream big
Korea Herald

Korean students from top U.S. and Canadian universities have helped less fortunate young people here reach for their dreams this summer.

The newly established Teach for Korea has offered free tutoring and mentoring to economically disadvantaged students from four Seoul schools. Graduates and students from world-renowned U.S. institutions including Cornell, Columbia and Pennsylvania Universities are helping with the non-profit project.

The Frontline: Film Review
Hollywood Reporter

The Frontline, one of Korea’s biggest blockbusters this year, depicts the bitter struggle between North and South to gain foothold of a hill at the tail-end of the 1950s civil war. Jang Hun’s (Rough Cut, Secret Reunion) even-handed direction and Park Sang-yeon’s traditional but finely-tuned screenplay instills the right measure of humanist anti-war sentiment and personal heroism, turning the fates of a small company of men confined to one hellish location into an expose of how impersonal military operations literally makes mountains out of molehills.

50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea
CNNGo

With all the online shopping in Korea these days, sometimes you miss some good old-fashioned haggling. That, and actually seeing what you’re buying.

The Small and Medium Business Administration and the Agency for Traditional Market Administration (ATMA) recently selected 50 must-visit traditional markets in Korea, based on criteria such as memorable food, colorful attractions and entertainment.

Surprisingly, only two on the list — Namdaemun Market and Dongdaemun Market — are located in Seoul.

China’s New Wealth Spurs a Market for Mistresses
New York Times

Jian, a 42-year-old property developer in the booming southern metropolis of Shenzhen, had acquired just about everything men of his socioeconomic ilk covet: a Mercedes-Benz, a sprawling antique jade collection and a lavishly appointed duplex for his wife and daughter.

It was only natural then, he said, that two years ago he took up another costly pastime: a beguiling 20-year-old art major whose affections run him about $6,100 a month.

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Wednesday's Link Attack: Forever 21, Priscilla Ahn, Frank Cho

Forever 21 fashion brand launches flagship London store
DesignWeek (U.K.)

JT Nakaoka has created the designs for Forever 21’s US branches, and is rolling out these designs for the London store, which is located in the three-story former HMV building on Oxford Street.

JT Nakaoka works alongside Esther Chang, daughter of Forever 21’s Korean American founders Don and Jin Sook Chang, on visual merchandising, including graphics, store displays and window design.

Senate committee confirms Sung Kim as envoy to Seoul
Yonhap

A U.S. Senate committee has confirmed Sung Kim as ambassador to South Korea, but it remains uncertain when the nominee will be confirmed by the entire Senate, a congressional official said Wednesday.

A Quick Study, South Korean Golfer Wins a Shot at Another Major
New York Times

Ahead of the Women’s British Open, the New York Times profiles So Yeon Ryu, who surprised many when she won the Women’s U.S. Open earlier this month.

So Yeon Ryu was focused on course management, but not as it applied to negotiating Carnoustie Golf Links, site of the Women’s British Open beginning on Thursday. At the start of the summer, Ryu was focused on completing work on her physical education degree at Yonsei University in South Korea in time to enter the L.P.G.A. Tour qualifying school at the end of the year.

Priscilla Ahn Blogs About Her Trip To Korea
Girl in a Tree (personal blog)

I’m writing to you from my family’s house in Korea. My first 2 days here have been a whirlwind of fun so far!

As soon as we landed, I was rushed to MBC Studios to do a live radio interview with legendary DJ Bae Chul-Soo. He’s just as friendly he looks.

‘The Voice’ tour begins tonight! EW catches up with the contestants at rehearsals
Entertainment Weekly

Dia Frampton: “I can’t wait to sing R.E.M.’s ‘Losing My Religion.’ I really like that band, and I really like the lyrics to Continue reading

Thursday's Link Attack: Anthony Kim, North Korea, Margaret Cho

Anthony Kim happy to be contending
ESPN.com

Golf beat writer Bob Harig talks to Southern California native Anthony Kim about what he’s done to turn his game around following a surprising 5th-place finish at last week’s British Open.

Once considered among the best of a group of up-and-coming young American players, Kim, 26, has clearly not been the same since undergoing thumb surgery last year following a tie for seventh at the Quail Hollow Championship.

“I’ve found my game, it’s just I haven’t brought it to the tournaments,” Kim said Sunday. “I’m excited that this is the tournament I brought it to. Obviously other tournaments are very important, but to play well at major championships is what I work for. So to be able to put up some good rounds, probably my best rounds I’ve played all year, at the British, is pretty rewarding.”

Why Mayor Kang should run for Congress
Orange County Register

After tearing apart the campaign prospects of [Irvine, Calif.] Mayor Sukhee Kang last week, I thought I would address some of the reasons that might motivate the mayor and perhaps others to support his bid for Congress.

Congress pays better. This might sound like a bad reason to run for Congress. But for Mayor Kang, who treats the part-time job he has now as a full-time gig, he might feel more appreciated collecting a six-figure pay check from the federal government.

Sung Kim vows efforts for denuclearization of N. Korea
Yonhap News

The nominee to become the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday that he will play a bridging role between the allies in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis and preventing the communist nation’s provocations.

Park scores second in consecutive friendly in US
Korea Times

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung netted his second goal in a consecutive pre-season friendly match in the United States, Thursday.

The first Korean English Premier Leaguer notched the team’s fifth goal in its 7-0 triumph against the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field.

Margaret Cho Talks Latest Album ‘Cho Dependent’ And Its Serious Indie Cred (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post

Cho enlisted many top talents from the world of indie music, including Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Ani DiFranco, Ben Lee and Tegan and Sara to write and perform with her on the album. “Cho Dependent” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy as Best Comedy Album. The result was a very unique sound — Cho may be the only musician who cites both David Bowie and “Weird Al” Yankovic among her primary influences.

APA Spotlight: Tammy Chu, Co-Founder Adoptee Solidarity Korea
8Asians

Tammy Chu was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted to the U.S. She studied Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College. Her award-winning first short documentary, Searching for Go-Hyang, was broadcast on PBS, EBS (Korea), and screened at film festivals internationally.

Tammy has been living in Korea for several years and is a co-founding member of Adoptee Solidarity Korea, an adoptee activist organization based in Seoul.

Half-Korean Pro Basketball Brothers Get Korean Citizenship
Korea Herald

Two half-Korean basketball players playing in Korea’s top division basketball league have acquired Korean citizenship, the Justice Ministry announced on Thursday.

Moon Tae-young and his elder brother Tae-jong, who were born to an American father and a Korean mother, received dual citizenship status in accordance with the revised immigration law, the ministry said.

Kenneth Choi Talks ‘Captain America’ On The Red Carpet

Monday's Link Attack: Anthony Kim, North Korea, Korean Sex Scandal

What they said: Anthony Kim
PGATour.com

Here’s a Q&A with pro golfer Anthony Kim, who finished tied for 5th place at the British Open yesterday.

Q. Are you just frustrated or angry or what’s the emotion that is kind of prevalent?

ANTHONY KIM: I wouldn’t say angry. I’m in a pretty good spot in my life I’d say. I would just say I’m frustrated, extremely frustrated with how I was playing and the work I felt like I was putting in. I felt like I wasn’t getting anything out of it. So to put myself in contention on Saturday is a very nice feeling.

North Korea Starving, But Elite Open Luxury Restaurant
ABC News

Earlier this week, “The Restaurant at Hana” opened its doors in the North Korea capital. Restaurants come and go with little fanfare in most world capitals, but it get noticed when one opens in the so-called Hermit Kingdom where famine is threatening to return to the country.

Life of horror in gulags of North Korea
New Zealand Herald

“A day before the executions, prison guards would put huge banners to tell everyone what was going to happen, and on the day everyone would be ordered to attend,” the diminutive 50-year-old explains.

“They would take the prisoner to a stake, tie them up and blindfold them. The firing squad would let off 30 or 40 shots until the prisoner’s body had turned to honeycomb. Every time the bullets hit, the stake would crack backwards.”

Who Killed Kim Sah Nae?
The New Yorker

For years, I pondered the strange fate of Kim Sah Nae, a North Korean diplomat killed mysteriously in her home in Islamabad, Pakistan, more than a decade ago. The facts seemed to have been lifted from a spy movie, with hints of espionage, nuclear secrets, and assassination. Officially, Kim died in an accident, when a neighbor’s cook was loading a shotgun, and it went off. I always figured she’d been murdered. Back then, I even toyed with the idea of writing a screenplay, with Gong Li, I imagined, in the starring role.

Debbie Lee’s Poutine Truck Hits the Streets
L.A. Weekly

Chef Debbie Lee must like running the Ahn-Joo food truck because she’s launching another truck, only this one is Canadian not Korean. Along with partner James MacKinnon, the Food Network regular will debut The Poutine Truck (@thepoutinetruck) this weekend at the Little Tokyo Design Festival.

Korean DJ is Seoul’s master of Western rock
Los Angeles Times

For years, Kang [Hyung-Min] approached foreigners to plumb their musical knowledge. Now the student knows more than his teachers, and he’s sought out by expatriates here for the breadth, style and playfulness of his musical acumen.

Kang spins it all: indie, country, punk. But his specialty is the British sound of the 1980s: the likes of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, the Cure and the Smiths.

Former G.I., South Korean girl he befriended, reunite after nearly four decades
The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)

Insooni, the famous biracial singer from Korea reunited with a former U.S. soldier she met in 1972.

Lewis was a 19-year-old GI when he saw 15-year-old Insoon, the daughter of a Korean mom and an American soldier who was black. Insoon was kicked out of school for being a mixed-race child. Lewis is now 58 and Insooni is 54.

“She was always sitting outside by herself,” Lewis said. “So a few of the soldiers bought her clothes and helped her as much as we could.”

But Insooni only remembers Lewis, whom she considers a big brother.

“I never forgot his eyes,” Insooni said.

Consulting firm offers tips on U.S. university admission
The Korea Herald

As more South Korean students try to get into top American colleges, they have started to turn to admission consulting companies which provide application assistance and help design extracurricular activities.

A team of experts from Manhattan Global Prep, a New York-based college admission consulting firm, offered advice to Korean students in its seminar last Saturday in Seoul on what students should know about the U.S. college admission process and what the company can offer.

The consulting fee ranges from $10,000 to $40,000, depending on a student’s grades, but guarantees acceptance to at least one school for each applicant and pledges a full refund if he or she is not accepted.

Yuliana Kim-Grant’s new novel, ‘A Shred of Hope,’ released
Korean Beacon

Korean American author Yuliana Kim-Grant‘s new release, A Shred of Hope, starts with the sudden death of an interracial couple—the main character, Jane Park, is Korean American, and her husband is African American. The tragic story unfolds and ensues as we gradually learn about Jane’s broken relationship with her parents. Jane’s Korean parents, who had rejected the idea of their daughter marrying an African American man, had cut ties with her after the couple’s wedding—a wedding they did not even attend. But when the couple one day falls victim to a psychopathic gunman in the subway, the parents must go through a grieving process that is marked not only with loss, but also the guilt and regret over a relationship that can no longer be healed.

Sex scandal rumors fly at Korean Assembly
Korea Herald via AsiaOne

The National Assembly was recently shaken by a series of sex scandals, most of them involving members of the Grand National Party.

Earlier this month, a major daily newspaper reported that a married ruling party lawmaker sexually harassed a drunken woman in a taxi and handed over money to the driver who threatened to upload the recorded file on the Internet.

Friday's Link Attack: Sandra Oh, Daniel Henney, Somali Pirates

Interview with Hollywood actress Sandra Oh
allkpop

Sandra spoke of her love for Korea as a Korean-Canadian and her hopes to one day star in a Korean movie. She also talked about the inside stories behind “Grey’s Anatomy” and how she was cast into the show.

“If I am to be cast in a Korean movie, I will be happy to take any role. I will study Korean, and if I don’t have any lines, I can act with just my facial expressions. I’ve always wanted to attend the Busan Film Festival, but I was always caught up with work. I want to attend the festival with a piece I star in.”

Somali pirates holding S. Korean hostages demand release of captured pirates
Yonhap

Somali pirates holding four South Koreans in a hijacked chemical tanker are demanding that Seoul pay ransom for the hostages and release five pirates captured during a January raid of a seized Korean freighter, an official said Friday.

The four South Koreans are among 25 crew members of the Singapore-registered 21,000-ton MT Gemini that was hijacked on April 30 in waters off Kenya. The seizure came about three months after South Korean naval commandos raided a Korean-owned freighter on Jan. 21 and rescued all 21 crew members.

N.Korean Defectors Flock to U.K.
Chosun Ilbo

Some 581 North Korean defectors have been given asylum in the United Kingdom, making them the largest group of all defectors in countries other than South Korea.

Korean young guns impress at British Open
AFP via Google

South Korean young guns Noh Seung-Yul and Hwang Jung-Gon led the Asian charge at the British Open on Thursday, signaling their talent with sub-par rounds at Royal St George’s.

Where in The World is Daniel Henney?
soompi.com

Daniel Henney recently wrapped shooting on the buddy flick with Bill Paxton tentatively titled “Americatown” and apologized to fans for not being online lately.

I know it’s been FOREVER since I’ve chimed in. My apologies. We’ve been in China for 1.5 months now shooting this film, and it’s been incredibly difficult to get online. Anyway, I’m back now, and will update you with some pics very soon…Pics from my last 1.5 months spent in China.

SUNY Gets OK for Campus in Songdo
The Wall Street Journal

Soon South Korean students seeking a U.S. diploma might be able to do so without even getting a stamp in their passports.

The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that it has given final approval to Stony Brook University — or the State University of New York at Stony Brook — to open a campus in Songdo, the newly established international business district near Incheon International Airport.

Koreans turn to dog soup to beat the heat
Reuters via ABC News (Australia)

Thursday was not a good day to be a dog in South Korea. That’s because it was one of the three hottest days according to the Korean lunar calendar – and dog soup is one way to beat the heat.

On “Chobok,” people seeking to protect the body from overheating eat traditional healthy foods such as ginseng chicken soup, broiled eel and “bo-shin-tang,” literally “body preservation stew”.

Dogs are bred to be eaten in South Korea, and advocates say bo-shin-tang, which consists of dog meat boiled in a mix of hot and strong spices and vegetables, is good for the health. It is considered a delicacy by some.

Korean BBQ Trivia + Forage’s Soy and Coca-Cola Flank Steak Recipe
LA Weekly

If you’ve ever wondered if Korean households have dining tables with built in bbq holes, like the ones at Korean bbq restaurants, the answer is “no”. The historical antecedent for modern restaurant tables are traditional Korean kitchens with round stoves (agungi) that were fueled by wood or large cylindrical charcoal briquets. If you clicked on the link, you probably figured out why Korean bbq pans are dome shaped, rather than square or rectangular.

FC Barcelona signs Korean teen for five years
JoongAng Daily

A Korean teenager has signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona’s youth team, his father revealed Wednesday.

Play Canceled on Account of Suicide Threat
The Korea Times

A nude play has been forced to cancel its performance on July 14 by a male member of the public.

The man threatened to commit suicide if “The Professor and the Female Student 2” goes on stage on that date. He claimed that star actress Um Da-hae, 30, who plays the female student, is “his woman.”

Korean gangsters invade Manila
The Manila Times

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) was warned Monday against the entry into the country of Korean criminal syndicates that wanted to establish their illegal network in the country.

Tuesday's Link Attack: Yuna Kim, Kim Jong Il Senile?, NKs Love SK Soju

Helping the Prez & Yu-na Sell Pyeongchang
The Wall Street Journal

As the South Korean media and public absorbed and dissected their winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, a lot of attention has fallen on the final presentation. It was broadcast live in South Korea and showed, for the first time to many Koreans, prominent people like President Lee Myung-bak and champion figure skater Kim Yu-na speaking in English.

And some Korean media attention has fallen on an American consultant named Terrence Burns, who was portrayed mainly as a speech coach to the bid committee, including Mr. Lee.

But Mr. Burns and his Atlanta-based firm, Helios Partners, provided much more than speech coaching to the Pyeongchang bid effort. They started working with the Pyeongchang bid committee in mid-2009. And for most of the time since then, Mr. Burns has been racking up the frequent-flier miles shuttling between his office and Seoul.

Is Kim Jong-il Going Gaga?
The Chosun Ilbo

Rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is suffering from dementia are spreading quickly across the isolated country. Reports say the leader is increasingly incoherent during his so-called on-the-spot guidance trips.

Rumors of Kim Jong Il’s possible senility have been circulating as far back as 2006.

Ryu jumps to No. 21 in world rankings
Los Angeles Times

U.S. Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu jumped to No. 21 in the world rankings for women’s golf after beating fellow Korean Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff Monday.

How Korea’s Rich Spend Their Money
The Wall Street Journal

One of the major findings is that rich households splurge on education. Almost a quarter of household spending, the biggest of any spending category, is on schools, cram schools and private tutors for their children. For average households, the comparable figure is 15.3%, still the most of any spending category.

Less surprising is that real estate is the most popular investment for South Korea’s rich.

‘Mythomania’: Derek Kirk Kim’s Live-Action Cartoonists [Video]
Comics Alliance

The Eisner and Harvey-winning cartoonist behind such works as Same Difference and Other Stories, The Eternal Smile (with Gene Luen Yang) and Good As Lily (with Jesse Hamm), Derek Kirk Kim is expanding his creative repertoire with a new live-action Web series. Called Mythomania and described by Kim as a “slice of life” story, the series follows aspiring cartoonist Andy Go and his peers as they draw and debate comics. Mythomania’s first season will be split into nine ~10-minute episodes, the first two of which you can watch below.

Beautiful, ugly and great Koreans [OPINION]
The Korea Times

Though they may be outnumbered by the omnipresent Chinese, I have been struck by the behavior and appearance of the Korean travelers one can’t help encountering at airports, railway and subway stations.

The members of this tribe are predominantly in their 20s and 30s. They are largely youths, couples and young families. Most seem to speak at least a smattering of French or English; some speak these languages very well indeed. Virtually all are good looking, impeccably and well-mannered: In short, these Kims, Parks and Lees are a credit to their country.

What a wonderful change they make from the Korean tourists of a decade or so ago!

The best soup you’ve never heard of
Orange County Register

Other than ethnically Korean folks, I doubt many know about sullungtang, a beef soup with a broth made from brisket, ox tail and beef bones (including cow’s feet), giving the end result its milky white consistency. Some readers may already be balking at the mention of beef feet, but if I didn’t tell you, you would happily slurp the soup up and be none the wiser.

North Koreans getting a taste for South Korean soju
AsianCorrespondent

The South Korean soju Chamisul became extremely popular with North Koreans for having a better flavor and scent than that made in North Korea. The report stated that “Like Chamisul, North Korean soju is 25% alcohol, but many people much prefer the scent of Chamisul… At every open market there are an unexpected number of merchants with 10 bottles or more.”

A century on, Korean-Mexicans trace their roots
Yonhap News

The Korean immigrants also had their names changed unwillingly. At the Yucatan registration office, the Korean surname Choe switched to Sanches, Ko into Conora, Kim into Kin or King, Yang into Llanes, Park into Pa or Pan and Chang into Chans.

This Korean Baby is Sleepy

South Korean Golfer Ryu Wins U.S. Women's Open

So Yeon Ryu ended the 2011 drought for South Korean golfers in fine fashion, coming from behind to win the U.S. Women’s Open over compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in a three-hole playoff on Monday in Colorado Springs, Co.

Despite having a disproportionate number of athletes on the LPGA tour, South Korea had been stymied from achieving victory thus far in 2011, with Taiwanese superstar Yani Tseng’s three 2011 victories preventing much of the country’s success this year.

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Ryu became the fifth South Korean to win the Open and the fourth in the last seven years, according to the Associated Press.

Yes, they take their golf seriously there and Se Ri Pak—the queen of the sport in that country—was out on the course watching the 21-year-old Ryu make history.

“I’m proud of it,” Ryu said. “To see my hero, Se Ri Pak, out there fighting for me. It’s pretty powerful, yeah.”

Ryu snatched victory from 25-year-old rookie Seo by hitting a magnificent approach shot on the last hole of her fourth round, which she completed on Monday due to darkness the previous day. Ryu followed up the last-minute birdie by playing the three-hole playoff two shots below par.