Two-time major winner Ryu set to retire after Chevron

Two-time major winner Ryu set to retire after Chevron

So Yeon Ryu announced on her Instagram page Thursday that she plans to retire after this year's Chevron Championship.

Ryu, 33, is a six-time LPGA Tour winner, including the 2011 U.S. Women's Open and the 2017 Chevron (then known as the ANA Inspiration).

Ryu shared in a hand-written note:

"After deciding to retire, I spent much time looking back on my career. So many memories came flooding back, and I felt so many emotions. But the more I thought about it, the more I was thankful for so many things. I am so grateful that I could do what I loved to do, day in and day out, and even make a career out of it. I am not going to lie; I had some hard patches, but despite some of the challenges, I truly enjoyed it all. And more than anything, I feel incredibly grateful for the love and support I've received from all of you throughout my career."

Immediate commenters on her post included Annika Sorenstam, Ai Miyazato, Jessica and Nelly Korda, Danielle Kang and Paula Creamer.

"I'm actually really sad she's retiring," Kang said after her opening round at the Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship.

"But I'm so happy for her that she's able to move on to the next chapter. She's had an incredible career. This isn't an easy life, an easy lifestyle. I think she held on as long as she could.

"I hope that she gets the exit she deserves, and I'm just really happy and proud of her."

The 2012 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year, Ryu won Player of the Year honors in 2017 and was ranked world No. 1 that year. She has not made a start in '24.