LPGA Tour

LPGA Taiwan Championship 2018

October 25-28

Miramar Golf Country Club, Taipei, Taiwan

$2,200,000

October 25-28

Miramar Golf Country Club, Taipei, Taiwan

$2,200,000

Round 2

Wei-Ling Hsu leading at the halfway point

October 26, 2018

Playing at home this week, Chinese Taipei’s own Wei-Ling Hsu (-9) has taken the 36-hole lead at the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan City. This marks just the second time that Hsu has held the overnight lead at any point in her LPGA career.

The crowds around Hsu have been getting bigger each day, as they hope to witness the first player from Chinese Taipei to win on the LPGA since Teresa Lu at the 2013 Mizuno Classic. A victory would also make Hsu the second player from Chinese Taipei to win this event, joining Yani Tseng who won the first edition in 2011.

Hsu said of the fan support, “It's very cool. This is the most fans around me. I don't have that chance before. So it's pretty cool that everybody is cheering for me and they are like, 'Good luck' and like 'Go get it, Wei-Ling,' something like that. Pretty cool that people are cheering for me and really supporting.”

First-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff followed her opening 65 with a 71 on Friday, putting her one shot behind Hsu in solo second at 8-under par. 15-time LPGA champion and 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship winner Lydia Ko had seven birdies on Friday to shoot a second-round 66 and moved into solo third place at -7. Nelly Korda of the USA and Mirim Lee of the Republic of Korea are tied in fourth at 6-under par.

Through two rounds, Wei-Ling Hsu is a combined 7-under par playing the par 5s at Ta Shee Golf & Country Club. She has birdied hole No. 3 and No. 14 both days, had a hole-out from nearly 100 yards for eagle on hole No. 6 in the first round and added a birdie on hole No. 10 in the second round.

Hsu said she has managed her distances well this week, leaving herself with comfortable numbers to hit her approach shots from so far, and she has been hot with her putter (ranks T6 in putting this week).

“The putting just gave me a lot of confidence, because the greens are very soft,” Hsu. “I was able to aim like straight at the pin. So overall, very happy for my putting and hitting the ball.”

The first win as an LPGA member for Lydia Ko came at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco at the age of 17 years old. She would later commemorate the win by getting a tattoo of the date of her victory, April 27, 2014, in Roman numerals on her right wrist.

In 2015, Ko would go on to defend her Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic title for her seventh career victory and then won in Chinese Taipei in what is now the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Classic for her 10th LPGA title.

“I feel like I have a great relationship with the people here at Swinging Skirts, Chairman Wang and everyone has been super supportive,” Ko said. “I love coming here. The food is amazing and the fans are great, and especially with so many of the Taiwanese players playing such great golf, I think everyone is super excited to see the LPGA.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff is alone in second place heading into the third round after leading the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship through 18 holes. It’s a position that the 30-year-old said she prefers to be in at this stage of a golf tournament – chasing a lead instead of trying to avoid losing it.

Ewart Shadoff said after the second round, “I think I much prefer to be chasing than to be leading I think. Whenever I won a tournament or been close to the lead, maybe in college or whatever, I've always preferred to come back at the end, and it just more of -- I feel more comfortable in this position that I'm at right now, so I'm kind of happy, and I'm confident in my game.”

Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 69 Wei-Ling Hsu (1, -9)

Hsu, 24, is from New Taipei City

Hsu celebrated her 24th birthday last Saturday, October 20 – she was paired with Lydia Ko during her birthday round

A 2015 LPGA rookie, Hsu has five career top-10 finishes in 102 starts with a best finish of runner-up at the season-opening 2018 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

In 2018, Hsu is having the best season of her four-year career with three top-10 finishes including two inside the top five, and the most single-season earnings in her career to date ($525,520 this season, 33rd on the Official Money List)

Hsu ranked second on Tour in putting average in 2017, climbing up from 126th on Tour in 2016 – she ranks 28th in putting average so far in 2018

Hsu was a member of Team Chinese Taipei at the 2018 UL International Crown

In 2014, Hsu had one win and three additional top-10 finishes on the Symetra Tour and finished sixth in the Volvik Race for the Card money list to earn her LPGA Tour card

Rolex Rankings No. 59 Jodi Ewart Shadoff (2, -8)

Ewart Shadoff, 30, is from North Yorkshire, England and played collegiately at the University of New Mexico

Ewart Shadoff has shot even par or better in eight of her last ten rounds

Ewart Shadoff shot a career-low 10-under par 62 in the third round of the 2016 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

A 2011 LPGA rookie, Ewart Shadoff has 16 career top-10 finishes, including two in 2018, with two runner-up results

Ewart Shadoff is a two-time member of the European Solheim Cup Team (2013, 2017) with an overall 3-4-0 record and a two-time member of Team England at the UL International Crown (2016, 2018) with an overall 5-2-1 record

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Lydia Ko (3, -7)

Ko, 21, is from Auckland, New Zealand

In 2018, Ko has eight top-10 finishes including her 15th career LPGA win at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship and a T2 at last week’s Buick LPGA Shanghai

Ko has finished no worse than T16 in each of her last six starts

Ko has a decorated career, winning the 2014 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, 2015 Rolex Player of the Year and Money Title, 2014 & 2015 Race to the CME Globe, 2015 Vare Trophy and the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Ko’s 10th career LPGA victory came at the 2015 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Of note

Danielle Kang withdrew from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in the second round due to illness

Five players have won in their home country in 2018 – the United States’ Annie Park (ShopRite LPGA Classic) and Marina Alex (Cambia Portland Classic), England’s Georgia Hall (Ricoh Women’s British Open), Canada’s Brooke Henderson (CP Women’s Open) and the Republic of Korea’s In Gee Chun (KEB Hana Bank Championship)

Three players have multiple wins in 2018 - Ariya Jutanugarn (3), Sung Hyun Park (3) and Brooke Henderson (2)

There have been 23 different winners from nine different countries on the LPGA in 2018

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Wei-Ling Hsu
-9
68
67
135
2
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-8
65
71
136
3
Lydia Ko
-7
71
66
137
T4
Mirim Lee
-6
71
67
138
T4
Nelly Korda
-6
67
71
138
T6
Megan Khang
-5
69
70
139
T6
Haeji Kang
-5
67
72
139
T8
Ryann O'Toole
-4
71
69
140
T8
Jin Young Ko
-4
71
69
140
T8
Bronte Law
-4
70
70
140
T8
Jacqui Concolino
-4
70
70
140
T8
Annie Park
-4
70
70
140
T8
So Yeon Ryu
-4
68
72
140
T14
Brittany Altomare
-3
73
68
141
T14
Jenny Shin
-3
72
69
141
T14
Carlota Ciganda
-3
69
72
141
T14
Ally McDonald
-3
68
73
141
T14
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
68
73
141
T19
Minjee Lee
-2
73
69
142
T19
Amy Yang
-2
71
71
142
T19
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
70
72
142
T19
Ayako Uehara
-2
69
73
142
T19
Jeong Eun Lee
-2
68
74
142
T24
Azahara Munoz
-1
74
69
143
T24
Thidapa Suwannapura
-1
73
70
143
T24
Lindy Duncan
-1
71
72
143
T24
Angel Yin
-1
71
72
143
T24
Chella Choi
-1
70
73
143
T29
Aditi Ashok
E
75
69
144
T29
Teresa Lu
E
74
70
144
T29
Maria Torres
E
74
70
144
T29
Pernilla Lindberg
E
71
73
144
T29
Caroline Masson
E
71
73
144
T29
Madelene Sagstrom
E
70
74
144
T29
Jennifer Song
E
70
74
144
T29
Brooke M. Henderson
E
70
74
144
T29
Yu-Chiang Hou (a)
E
70
74
144
T29
Sei Young Kim
E
70
74
144
T29
Babe Liu
E
69
75
144
T40
Candie Kung
1
75
70
145
T40
Ashleigh Buhai
1
73
72
145
T40
Mo Martin
1
72
73
145
T40
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
1
72
73
145
T40
Wichanee Meechai
1
71
74
145
T45
Lizette Salas
2
76
70
146
T45
Nasa Hataoka
2
75
71
146
T45
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
2
75
71
146
T45
Sarah Jane Smith
2
74
72
146
T45
Anna Nordqvist
2
73
73
146
T45
Hannah Green
2
72
74
146
T45
Chia Yen Wu (a)
2
72
74
146
T52
Mariah Stackhouse
3
75
72
147
T52
Yani Tseng
3
75
72
147
T52
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
72
147
T52
Gaby Lopez
3
75
72
147
T52
Yu-Ju Chen
3
74
73
147
T52
Jaye Marie Green
3
74
73
147
T52
Sakura Yokomine
3
74
73
147
T52
Peiyun Chien
3
73
74
147
T52
Hyo Joo Kim
3
71
76
147
T52
Sung Hyun Park
3
71
76
147
T62
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
4
78
70
148
T62
Katherine Kirk
4
76
72
148
T62
Ching Huang
4
76
72
148
T62
Lee-Anne Pace
4
72
76
148
T62
Jane Park
4
72
76
148
67
Emma Talley
5
75
74
149
68
Mina Harigae
6
79
71
150
T69
Hsin Lee
7
78
73
151
T69
Su Oh
7
77
74
151
T69
Mariajo Uribe
7
73
78
151
T72
Pei-Ying Tsai
8
76
76
152
T72
Szu-Han Chen
8
74
78
152
74
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
9
75
78
153
T75
Min-Jou Chen
10
75
79
154
T75
Celine Boutier
10
75
79
154
77
Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)
11
73
82
155
78
Rose Zhang (a)
12
78
78
156
79
Ho-Yu An (a)
13
80
77
157
80
Hsin-Ning Yeh
14
79
79
158
WD
Danielle Kang
74
Pos.
Player
To Par
R2
Total
1
Wei-Ling Hsu
-9
67
135
2
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-8
71
136
3
Lydia Ko
-7
66
137
T4
Mirim Lee
-6
67
138
T4
Nelly Korda
-6
71
138
T6
Megan Khang
-5
70
139
T6
Haeji Kang
-5
72
139
T8
Ryann O'Toole
-4
69
140
T8
Jin Young Ko
-4
69
140
T8
Bronte Law
-4
70
140
T8
Jacqui Concolino
-4
70
140
T8
Annie Park
-4
70
140
T8
So Yeon Ryu
-4
72
140
T14
Brittany Altomare
-3
68
141
T14
Jenny Shin
-3
69
141
T14
Carlota Ciganda
-3
72
141
T14
Ally McDonald
-3
73
141
T14
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
73
141
T19
Minjee Lee
-2
69
142
T19
Amy Yang
-2
71
142
T19
Eun-Hee Ji
-2
72
142
T19
Ayako Uehara
-2
73
142
T19
Jeong Eun Lee
-2
74
142
T24
Azahara Munoz
-1
69
143
T24
Thidapa Suwannapura
-1
70
143
T24
Lindy Duncan
-1
72
143
T24
Angel Yin
-1
72
143
T24
Chella Choi
-1
73
143
T29
Aditi Ashok
E
69
144
T29
Teresa Lu
E
70
144
T29
Maria Torres
E
70
144
T29
Pernilla Lindberg
E
73
144
T29
Caroline Masson
E
73
144
T29
Madelene Sagstrom
E
74
144
T29
Jennifer Song
E
74
144
T29
Brooke M. Henderson
E
74
144
T29
Yu-Chiang Hou (a)
E
74
144
T29
Sei Young Kim
E
74
144
T29
Babe Liu
E
75
144
T40
Candie Kung
1
70
145
T40
Ashleigh Buhai
1
72
145
T40
Mo Martin
1
73
145
T40
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
1
73
145
T40
Wichanee Meechai
1
74
145
T45
Lizette Salas
2
70
146
T45
Nasa Hataoka
2
71
146
T45
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
2
71
146
T45
Sarah Jane Smith
2
72
146
T45
Anna Nordqvist
2
73
146
T45
Hannah Green
2
74
146
T45
Chia Yen Wu (a)
2
74
146
T52
Mariah Stackhouse
3
72
147
T52
Yani Tseng
3
72
147
T52
Mi Hyang Lee
3
72
147
T52
Gaby Lopez
3
72
147
T52
Yu-Ju Chen
3
73
147
T52
Jaye Marie Green
3
73
147
T52
Sakura Yokomine
3
73
147
T52
Peiyun Chien
3
74
147
T52
Hyo Joo Kim
3
76
147
T52
Sung Hyun Park
3
76
147
T62
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
4
70
148
T62
Katherine Kirk
4
72
148
T62
Ching Huang
4
72
148
T62
Lee-Anne Pace
4
76
148
T62
Jane Park
4
76
148
67
Emma Talley
5
74
149
68
Mina Harigae
6
71
150
T69
Hsin Lee
7
73
151
T69
Su Oh
7
74
151
T69
Mariajo Uribe
7
78
151
T72
Pei-Ying Tsai
8
76
152
T72
Szu-Han Chen
8
78
152
74
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
9
78
153
T75
Min-Jou Chen
10
79
154
T75
Celine Boutier
10
79
154
77
Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)
11
82
155
78
Rose Zhang (a)
12
78
156
79
Ho-Yu An (a)
13
77
157
80
Hsin-Ning Yeh
14
79
158
WD
Danielle Kang