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 4

Nelly Korda wins first LPGA title

October 28, 2018

20-year-old American Nelly Korda became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Korda shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 in the final round to finish two strokes ahead of Australia’s Minjee Lee (-11).

Nelly Korda wins first LPGA title at Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

20-year-old American Nelly Korda became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Korda shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 in the final round to finish two strokes ahead of Australia’s Minjee Lee (-11).

“Truthfully, I cannot put it into words,” Korda said. “It still hasn't hit. It's definitely one of the best days of my entire life. I can finally check that off of my list, winning an LPGA event, something that I dreamed of ever since I started playing.”

American Ryann O’Toole (-10) matched her career-best finish taking solo third place honors. Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Megan Khang of the United States rounded out the top five, tying for fourth at 8-under par.

 

With her win, Nelly Korda joined her sister, five-time LPGA winner Jessica Korda, in the winner’s circle on Sunday, making the Kordas just the third set of sisters to win on the LPGA Tour in history.

Annika Sorenstam (72 wins) and Charlotta Sorenstam (one win) were the first to accomplish the feat in 2000, and were joined by Ariya Jutanugarn (10 wins) and Moriya Jutanugarn (one win) earlier this season when Moriya won the 2018 HUGEL-JTBC LA Open.

 

At 20 years, 3 months, 0 days, Nelly Korda is the youngest American winner on the LPGA since Lexi Thompson at the 2014 ANA Inspiration (19 years, 1 month, 27 days).

Korda is the season’s second-youngest winner behind Nasa Hataoka (19 years, 5 months, 11 days) at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.

 

Nelly Korda’s win makes her the ninth Rolex First-Time Winner of the 2018 LPGA season, tying the 2016 season for the third most Rolex First-Time Winners in a season in LPGA history. Only twice have there ever been more first-time winners in a season – the record of 11 in 1995 and 10 in 2005.

 

Already a winner in 2018, 22-year-old Australian Minjee Lee recorded her 13th top-10 finish and third runner-up of the season on Sunday. Lee’s 2018 season is already the best of her four-year LPGA career – she ranks second in the Race to the CME Globe and her second-place finish moved her to No. 2 on the Official Money List.

Lee said, “It's been pretty special, just the way I've played and just -- I didn't know -- I didn't expect it. So I guess all the hard work is paying off.”

54-hole co-leader Wei-Ling Hsu came up short in her bid to win on home soil and become the first LPGA winner from Chinese Taipei to win on the LPGA since 2013.

Large crowds roared for Hsu all week, but the 24-year-old shot a final round 74 (+2) that took her out of contention. Hsu finished the week with the sixth top-10 finish of her four-year LPGA career.

 

Ariya Jutanugarn continues to lead the LEADERS Top 10 competition with 15 top-10 finishes on the 2018 season. Minjee Lee is now in solo second with 13 top-10 finishes. In third place with 12 top-10 finishes is 2018 LPGA Tour rookie Jin Young Ko who finished T8 at Swinging Skirts.

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the Blue Bay LPGA (Nov. 7-10). In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

 

CME Group Cares Weekends is a season-long charitable giving program that turns eagles into donations. For each eagle recorded during weekend play (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the 2018 LPGA Tour season, CME Group donates $1,000 to the program’s total donation count. At the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, the stakes are even higher, as the donation has been raised to a generous $5,000 per eagle. The money raised will go toward a charitable pool and be split evenly between Wounded Warrior Project® and Bright Pink®.

The weekend at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship saw four eagles. That translates to $4,000 raised, and $284,000 raised on the year.

Of note

There have been 24 different winners from nine different countries on the LPGA in 2018

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Nelly Korda
67 - 71 - 69 - 68
275
-13
$330,000
2
Minjee Lee
73 - 69 - 69 - 66
277
-11
$203,675
3
Ryann O'Toole
71 - 69 - 71 - 67
278
-10
$147,752
T4
Carlota Ciganda
69 - 72 - 70 - 69
280
-8
$103,147
T4
Megan Khang
69 - 70 - 70 - 71
280
-8
$103,147
T6
Lydia Ko
71 - 66 - 72 - 72
281
-7
$69,137
T6
Wei-Ling Hsu
68 - 67 - 72 - 74
281
-7
$69,137
T8
Jin Young Ko
71 - 69 - 69 - 73
282
-6
$52,411
T8
Bronte Law
70 - 70 - 69 - 73
282
-6
$52,411
T10
Amy Yang
71 - 71 - 70 - 71
283
-5
$43,489
T10
Annie Park
70 - 70 - 70 - 73
283
-5
$43,489
T12
Nasa Hataoka
75 - 71 - 71 - 68
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Sung Hyun Park
71 - 76 - 68 - 70
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Mirim Lee
71 - 67 - 73 - 74
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
65 - 71 - 73 - 76
285
-3
$35,571
T16
Teresa Lu
74 - 70 - 71 - 71
286
-2
$29,773
T16
Eun-Hee Ji
70 - 72 - 73 - 71
286
-2
$29,773
T18
So Yeon Ryu
68 - 72 - 77 - 70
287
-1
$27,097
T18
Ally McDonald
68 - 73 - 72 - 74
287
-1
$27,097
T20
Ching Huang
76 - 72 - 72 - 68
288
E
$23,436
T20
Aditi Ashok
75 - 69 - 73 - 71
288
E
$23,436
T20
Lindy Duncan
71 - 72 - 74 - 71
288
E
$23,436
T20
Moriya Jutanugarn
68 - 73 - 76 - 71
288
E
$23,436
T20
Jacqui Concolino
70 - 70 - 75 - 73
288
E
$23,436
T20
Jeong Eun Lee
68 - 74 - 72 - 74
288
E
$23,436
T26
Mi Hyang Lee
75 - 72 - 71 - 71
289
1
$19,347
T26
Sarah Jane Smith
74 - 72 - 72 - 71
289
1
$19,347
T26
Sei Young Kim
70 - 74 - 70 - 75
289
1
$19,347
T26
Chella Choi
70 - 73 - 71 - 75
289
1
$19,347
T30
Gaby Lopez
75 - 72 - 73 - 70
290
2
$15,853
T30
Mo Martin
72 - 73 - 73 - 72
290
2
$15,853
T30
Azahara Munoz
74 - 69 - 74 - 73
290
2
$15,853
T30
Angel Yin
71 - 72 - 74 - 73
290
2
$15,853
T30
Ayako Uehara
69 - 73 - 75 - 73
290
2
$15,853
T30
Jenny Shin
72 - 69 - 73 - 76
290
2
$15,853
T36
Emma Talley
75 - 74 - 75 - 67
291
3
$13,437
T36
Pernilla Lindberg
71 - 73 - 75 - 72
291
3
$13,437
T38
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
72 - 73 - 76 - 71
292
4
$0
T38
Caroline Masson
71 - 73 - 75 - 73
292
4
$12,080
T38
Brooke M. Henderson
70 - 74 - 73 - 75
292
4
$12,080
T38
Haeji Kang
67 - 72 - 77 - 76
292
4
$12,080
T42
Lizette Salas
76 - 70 - 75 - 72
293
5
$10,092
T42
Hyo Joo Kim
71 - 76 - 72 - 74
293
5
$10,092
T42
Sakura Yokomine
74 - 73 - 71 - 75
293
5
$10,092
T42
Thidapa Suwannapura
73 - 70 - 75 - 75
293
5
$10,092
T42
Ashleigh Buhai
73 - 72 - 72 - 76
293
5
$10,092
T42
Brittany Altomare
73 - 68 - 72 - 80
293
5
$10,092
T48
Mina Harigae
79 - 71 - 73 - 71
294
6
$8,029
T48
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
75 - 71 - 75 - 73
294
6
$8,029
T48
Maria Torres
74 - 70 - 76 - 74
294
6
$8,029
T48
Yu-Chiang Hou (a)
70 - 74 - 75 - 75
294
6
$0
T48
Peiyun Chien
73 - 74 - 70 - 77
294
6
$8,029
T48
Hannah Green
72 - 74 - 71 - 77
294
6
$8,029
T48
Babe Liu
69 - 75 - 73 - 77
294
6
$8,029
55
Jennifer Song
70 - 74 - 77 - 74
295
7
$7,136
T56
Jaye Marie Green
74 - 73 - 77 - 72
296
8
$6,690
T56
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
78 - 70 - 75 - 73
296
8
$0
T56
Madelene Sagstrom
70 - 74 - 77 - 75
296
8
$6,690
T56
Anna Nordqvist
73 - 73 - 73 - 77
296
8
$6,690
T60
Su Oh
77 - 74 - 74 - 72
297
9
$6,022
T60
Katherine Kirk
76 - 72 - 75 - 74
297
9
$6,022
T60
Yani Tseng
75 - 72 - 73 - 77
297
9
$6,022
T60
Chia Yen Wu (a)
72 - 74 - 73 - 78
297
9
$0
T64
Lee-Anne Pace
72 - 76 - 78 - 72
298
10
$5,520
T64
Wichanee Meechai
71 - 74 - 76 - 77
298
10
$5,520
T66
Hsin Lee
78 - 73 - 76 - 75
302
14
$5,296
T66
Candie Kung
75 - 70 - 80 - 77
302
14
$5,296
T68
Mariah Stackhouse
75 - 72 - 79 - 77
303
15
$5,074
T68
Yu-Ju Chen
74 - 73 - 79 - 77
303
15
$5,074
T70
Celine Boutier
75 - 79 - 73 - 77
304
16
$4,851
T70
Jane Park
72 - 76 - 75 - 81
304
16
$4,851
T72
Pei-Ying Tsai
76 - 76 - 75 - 78
305
17
$4,627
T72
Mariajo Uribe
73 - 78 - 74 - 80
305
17
$4,627
74
Min-Jou Chen
75 - 79 - 74 - 78
306
18
$4,461
75
Szu-Han Chen
74 - 78 - 75 - 80
307
19
$4,406
76
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
75 - 78 - 72 - 83
308
20
$0
T77
Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)
73 - 82 - 78 - 77
310
22
$0
T77
Rose Zhang (a)
78 - 78 - 76 - 78
310
22
$0
79
Ho-Yu An (a)
80 - 77 - 80 - 80
317
29
$0
80
Hsin-Ning Yeh
79 - 79 - 80 - 86
324
36
$4,348
81
Danielle Kang
74
$0
Pos.
Player
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Nelly Korda
275
-13
$330,000
2
Minjee Lee
277
-11
$203,675
3
Ryann O'Toole
278
-10
$147,752
T4
Carlota Ciganda
280
-8
$103,147
T4
Megan Khang
280
-8
$103,147
T6
Lydia Ko
281
-7
$69,137
T6
Wei-Ling Hsu
281
-7
$69,137
T8
Jin Young Ko
282
-6
$52,411
T8
Bronte Law
282
-6
$52,411
T10
Amy Yang
283
-5
$43,489
T10
Annie Park
283
-5
$43,489
T12
Nasa Hataoka
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Sung Hyun Park
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Mirim Lee
285
-3
$35,571
T12
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
285
-3
$35,571
T16
Teresa Lu
286
-2
$29,773
T16
Eun-Hee Ji
286
-2
$29,773
T18
So Yeon Ryu
287
-1
$27,097
T18
Ally McDonald
287
-1
$27,097
T20
Ching Huang
288
E
$23,436
T20
Aditi Ashok
288
E
$23,436
T20
Lindy Duncan
288
E
$23,436
T20
Moriya Jutanugarn
288
E
$23,436
T20
Jacqui Concolino
288
E
$23,436
T20
Jeong Eun Lee
288
E
$23,436
T26
Mi Hyang Lee
289
1
$19,347
T26
Sarah Jane Smith
289
1
$19,347
T26
Sei Young Kim
289
1
$19,347
T26
Chella Choi
289
1
$19,347
T30
Gaby Lopez
290
2
$15,853
T30
Mo Martin
290
2
$15,853
T30
Azahara Munoz
290
2
$15,853
T30
Angel Yin
290
2
$15,853
T30
Ayako Uehara
290
2
$15,853
T30
Jenny Shin
290
2
$15,853
T36
Emma Talley
291
3
$13,437
T36
Pernilla Lindberg
291
3
$13,437
T38
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
292
4
$0
T38
Caroline Masson
292
4
$12,080
T38
Brooke M. Henderson
292
4
$12,080
T38
Haeji Kang
292
4
$12,080
T42
Lizette Salas
293
5
$10,092
T42
Hyo Joo Kim
293
5
$10,092
T42
Sakura Yokomine
293
5
$10,092
T42
Thidapa Suwannapura
293
5
$10,092
T42
Ashleigh Buhai
293
5
$10,092
T42
Brittany Altomare
293
5
$10,092
T48
Mina Harigae
294
6
$8,029
T48
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
294
6
$8,029
T48
Maria Torres
294
6
$8,029
T48
Yu-Chiang Hou (a)
294
6
$0
T48
Peiyun Chien
294
6
$8,029
T48
Hannah Green
294
6
$8,029
T48
Babe Liu
294
6
$8,029
55
Jennifer Song
295
7
$7,136
T56
Jaye Marie Green
296
8
$6,690
T56
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
296
8
$0
T56
Madelene Sagstrom
296
8
$6,690
T56
Anna Nordqvist
296
8
$6,690
T60
Su Oh
297
9
$6,022
T60
Katherine Kirk
297
9
$6,022
T60
Yani Tseng
297
9
$6,022
T60
Chia Yen Wu (a)
297
9
$0
T64
Lee-Anne Pace
298
10
$5,520
T64
Wichanee Meechai
298
10
$5,520
T66
Hsin Lee
302
14
$5,296
T66
Candie Kung
302
14
$5,296
T68
Mariah Stackhouse
303
15
$5,074
T68
Yu-Ju Chen
303
15
$5,074
T70
Celine Boutier
304
16
$4,851
T70
Jane Park
304
16
$4,851
T72
Pei-Ying Tsai
305
17
$4,627
T72
Mariajo Uribe
305
17
$4,627
74
Min-Jou Chen
306
18
$4,461
75
Szu-Han Chen
307
19
$4,406
76
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
308
20
$0
T77
Ting-Hsuan Huang (a)
310
22
$0
T77
Rose Zhang (a)
310
22
$0
79
Ho-Yu An (a)
317
29
$0
80
Hsin-Ning Yeh
324
36
$4,348
81
Danielle Kang
$0