Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA R3

Korda leading by one in Taiwan

October 31 – November 03
New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
$2,200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Aussie Minjee Lee enters the final-round of the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA trailing Nelly Korda by three strokes. It’s a bit of déjà vu for Lee, who had a taste of trying to chase down a Nelly Korda lead at this event in 2018. Lee entered the final round in 2018 four shots behind Korda before closing with a 66 to finish as the runner-up just two strokes shy of Korda who closed with a 68.


Memories from 2018 in Chinese Taipei aside, Lee is comfortable coming from behind as two of her five LPGA wins have come when she’s been chasing the leader.

“I think it’s probably an easier position to be in just because you can — I guess you have a little bit more motivation — I don’t know but obviously maybe Nelly will have motivation to win,” Lee said. “I think it’s just a little bit easier to be in the mind-set of chasing than trying to like lead. So yeah, I mean, I’ve been in both positions before, so it’s nothing new to me. I’ll just take it as it comes.”

As for Lee’s final-round strategy this year, she said it will depend on the weather conditions and the pin placements.

“I think pick your battles out there,” Lee said. “Obviously if there’s water or hazard or wind, you’re going to play more conservatively than like too aggressively. I think the LPGA does a good job of like kind of balancing out the weather and the pin positions, so hopefully they will put pins in spots that are fair but tricky at the same time. So yeah, hopefully it will be a fun day.”

Korda’s caddie connection

Nelly Korda’s caddie Jason McDede has been on her bag since the beginning of the 2018 LPGA season, and he’s been by her side for both of her wins on Tour. Sunday might have a different feeling for the duo, as Jason is engaged to be married to Korda’s playing partner Caroline Masson . Caroline and Jason are due to be married in 2020, but Sunday will be the first time they’ve gone head-to-head vying for an LPGA title.

Masson said they always knew this could happen and is looking forward to the experience.


“It’s a little bit strange maybe but at the same time, it’s where we both want to be. It’s what we work hard for and what we kind of support each other to be able to do. You know, it’s just about embracing it. I know obviously he’s Nelly’s caddie and he’s rooting for her and he’s also rooting a little bit for me, so I think that’s fun.

“Yeah, I think we are just going to go out there. Solheim was even worse; we played against each other, so we’re kind of used to it now. I think we’ll be okay.”


With a win…

With her third career LPGA win and second of the 2019 season, Nelly Korda would become the first American with multiple wins in 2019

Korda would become the third player this season to successfully defend a 2018 title, joining Brooke Henderson at the LOTTE Championship and Danielle Kang at the BMW Ladies Championship

Nelly Korda or Minjee Lee would become the seventh player to have multiple wins this season, joining Hannah Green (2), Brooke Henderson (2), Mi Jung Hur (2), Jin Young Ko (4), Sei Young Kim (2) and Sung Hyun Park (2)

Caroline Masson would earn her second career LPGA title, and Germany would be the 10th country to have a winner in 2019

Masson would become the first player from Germany with more than one LPGA win; Sandra Gal and Tina Fischer each have one LPGA win


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nelly Korda
-18
66
67
65
198
2
Minjee Lee
-15
67
67
67
201
3
Caroline Masson
-14
68
68
66
202
4
Mi Jung Hur
-13
66
66
71
203
5
In-Kyung Kim
-12
69
65
70
204
T6
Sei Young Kim
-11
71
68
66
205
T6
Hyo Joo Kim
-11
69
67
69
205
T6
Su Oh
-11
68
67
70
205
T9
Azahara Munoz
-10
69
73
64
206
T9
Brooke M. Henderson
-10
71
64
71
206
T11
Austin Ernst
-8
73
68
67
208
T11
Morgan Pressel
-8
70
67
71
208
T13
Anna Nordqvist
-7
71
71
67
209
T13
Amy Yang
-7
70
70
69
209
T15
Inbee Park
-6
72
69
69
210
T15
Kristen Gillman
-6
71
70
69
210
T15
Yu-Ju Chen
-6
73
66
71
210
T18
Charley Hull
-5
73
68
70
211
T18
So Yeon Ryu
-5
70
70
71
211
T18
Jeongeun Lee6
-5
73
66
72
211
T18
Jessica Korda
-5
69
69
73
211
T18
Angel Yin
-5
68
70
73
211
T23
Brittany Altomare
-4
75
69
68
212
T23
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
75
68
69
212
T23
Chella Choi
-4
73
69
70
212
T23
Wei-Ling Hsu
-4
73
69
70
212
T23
Gaby Lopez
-4
73
69
70
212
T23
Sung Hyun Park
-4
73
69
70
212
T23
Ally McDonald
-4
69
72
71
212
T30
Ho Yu An (a)
-3
72
74
67
213
T30
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
71
74
68
213
T30
Jenny Shin
-3
71
69
73
213
T33
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
75
70
69
214
T33
Moriya Jutanugarn
-2
74
71
69
214
T33
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-2
73
72
69
214
T33
In Gee Chun
-2
71
73
70
214
T33
Celine Boutier
-2
71
72
71
214
T33
Ashleigh Buhai
-2
73
69
72
214
T33
Amy Olson
-2
68
74
72
214
T33
Lizette Salas
-2
71
70
73
214
T33
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
-2
70
71
73
214
T42
Lydia Ko
-1
74
73
68
215
T42
Na Yeon Choi
-1
74
71
70
215
T42
Pei-Ying Tsai
-1
74
69
72
215
T42
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
73
70
72
215
T42
Georgia Hall
-1
72
71
72
215
T47
Megan Khang
E
70
77
69
216
T47
Teresa Lu
E
72
72
72
216
T47
Hinako Shibuno
E
69
74
73
216
50
Katherine Kirk
1
75
69
73
217
T51
Jaye Marie Green
2
74
72
72
218
T51
Mi Hyang Lee
2
74
72
72
218
T51
Gerina Piller
2
73
73
72
218
T51
Mel Reid
2
72
74
72
218
T51
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
75
70
73
218
T51
Annie Park
2
72
72
74
218
57
Alena Sharp
3
71
70
78
219
T58
Maria Fernanda Torres
4
76
72
72
220
T58
Jasmine Suwannapura
4
75
73
72
220
T58
Sarah Schmelzel
4
74
73
73
220
T61
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
75
75
71
221
T61
Eun-Hee Ji
5
72
73
76
221
T63
Babe Liu
6
80
74
68
222
T63
Sakura Yokomine
6
77
71
74
222
T63
Chieh Jessica Peng
6
77
69
76
222
T66
Tiffany Joh
7
74
75
74
223
T66
Rose Zhang (a)
7
75
72
76
223
T68
Mirim Lee
8
78
73
73
224
T68
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
8
79
70
75
224
T68
Hannah Green
8
76
72
76
224
T68
Yu-Ling Hsieh
8
75
73
76
224
72
Tzu-Chi Lin
9
76
76
73
225
T73
Cheyenne Knight
10
77
81
68
226
T73
Nicole Broch Larsen
10
72
76
78
226
75
Hsuan Chen
11
74
81
72
227
T76
Huai-Chien Hsu (a)
12
79
77
72
228
T76
Ai-Chen Kuo
12
77
75
76
228
T76
Cydney Clanton
12
75
77
76
228
79
Ching-Ling Chang
13
78
74
77
229
80
Hsin Lee
15
82
73
76
231
WD
Jin Young Ko
73
74
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