Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA R4

Nelly Korda wins for a second straight year

October 31 – November 03
New Taipei City, Chinese Taipei
$2,200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


It was a dramatic final round on Sunday at the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA presented by CTBC, but ultimately it was 2018 champion Nelly Korda who hoisted the trophy for a second straight year. Korda started the day with a three-stroke advantage over Minjee Lee and a four-shot lead over Caroline Masson , and she ended the day with a perfect 5-hybrid to set up a birdie on the first playoff hole to take home her third LPGA title. 


Korda was unable to build on her lead on the front nine with two birdies and two bogeys, and instead watched Lee and Masson chisel away at it. Lee stumbled out of the gates with a bogey, before settling in and going birdie-par-eagle-par-birdie on Nos. 4-8 to tie Korda’s lead at the turn. 

After finding the water with her second shot on the par-4 9th, Korda made a long putt to save bogey and to keep her title defense alive. Korda birdied holes 10 and 12 to build back a three-shot lead, but that’s when things got interesting. Korda had three short par putts turn into three three-putt bogeys on 14, 15, and 17 to lose the lead for the first time all day to Masson with one hole to play.

Masson made par on the par-5 18th hole in regulation while Korda and Lee birdied to force a three-way playoff. Korda was the only one to find the fairway in the playoff and hit a perfect second shot to set up an eagle chance. She left the eagle putt short, but a birdie would be enough for her to win her third career LPGA title and second straight title in Chinese Taipei.


“I kept telling myself, from the heart, from the heart, from the heart, because I was very nervous because it was my first playoff,” Korda said. “The wind kind of brought it back in. I made a couple 3-putts on the back. It just gets away from you so fast, and Caroline made a couple putts and she was one ahead of me on 17. I was like, geez, I have to make a birdie here. Jason [McDede] gave me a little pep talk going from 17 to 18, win or get into a playoff, so he was definitely great today.”

Masson battled all day with just one bogey on the card to fight her way into her first career playoff, and said she can learn a lot from the experience. 

“I think if you told me at the beginning of the day to be in a playoff, I would have taken it,” Masson said. “Not a bad spot to be in obviously. I did have a couple chances to get maybe two ahead on 17 and make birdie on 18, and didn’t use them, but I think overall, I just hung with them all day. Super proud of the way we played and battled. Nelly just hit a great drive, second shot into 18. It probably sets up a little bit better for her being a par 5 than for me. She is a little bit longer off the tee, but great experience.”

Jessica Korda , a five-time LPGA winner, was able to witness her younger sister hoist a trophy for the first time and was the first to give her a congratulatory hug on the 18th green.

“Seeing her walk off 18 in regulation, I saw she had fire in her eyes — I just felt really good about it and I was just praying that it was going to work out,” Jessica Korda said. “At the end of the day, a playoff, it’s totally out of your hands. She piped it down the fairway and hit such a good shot in. I did give her a little bit of crap for leaving it short, as you should. But yeah, so awesome to be here.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
Prize Money
1
Nelly Korda
-18
66 – 67 – 65 – 72
270
$330,000
T2
Caroline Masson
-18
68 – 68 – 66 – 68
270
$174,437
T2
Minjee Lee
-18
67 – 67 – 67 – 69
270
$174,437
T4
Brooke M. Henderson
-14
71 – 64 – 71 – 68
274
$93,173
T4
Sei Young Kim
-14
71 – 68 – 66 – 69
274
$93,173
T4
Mi Jung Hur
-14
66 – 66 – 71 – 71
274
$93,173
7
Hyo Joo Kim
-13
69 – 67 – 69 – 70
275
$62,546
T8
Morgan Pressel
-11
70 – 67 – 71 – 69
277
$49,631
T8
Su Oh
-11
68 – 67 – 70 – 72
277
$49,631
T8
In-Kyung Kim
-11
69 – 65 – 70 – 73
277
$49,631
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
-10
75 – 68 – 69 – 66
278
$37,665
T11
Charley Hull
-10
73 – 68 – 70 – 67
278
$37,665
T11
Jessica Korda
-10
69 – 69 – 73 – 67
278
$37,665
T11
Azahara Munoz
-10
69 – 73 – 64 – 72
278
$37,665
T15
Brittany Altomare
-9
75 – 69 – 68 – 67
279
$29,668
T15
Chella Choi
-9
73 – 69 – 70 – 67
279
$29,668
T15
Sung Hyun Park
-9
73 – 69 – 70 – 67
279
$29,668
T15
Inbee Park
-9
72 – 69 – 69 – 69
279
$29,668
T19
Na Yeon Choi
-8
74 – 71 – 70 – 65
280
$25,018
T19
Celine Boutier
-8
71 – 72 – 71 – 66
280
$25,018
T19
Gaby Lopez
-8
73 – 69 – 70 – 68
280
$25,018
T19
Wei-Ling Hsu
-8
73 – 69 – 70 – 68
280
$25,018
T23
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-7
73 – 72 – 69 – 67
281
$21,559
T23
So Yeon Ryu
-7
70 – 70 – 71 – 70
281
$21,559
T23
Kristen Gillman
-7
71 – 70 – 69 – 71
281
$21,559
T23
Anna Nordqvist
-7
71 – 71 – 67 – 72
281
$21,559
T27
Jenny Shin
-6
71 – 69 – 73 – 69
282
$18,459
T27
Ally McDonald
-6
69 – 72 – 71 – 70
282
$18,459
T27
Jeongeun Lee6
-6
73 – 66 – 72 – 71
282
$18,459
T27
Amy Yang
-6
70 – 70 – 69 – 73
282
$18,459
T31
Georgia Hall
-5
72 – 71 – 72 – 68
283
$15,719
T31
In Gee Chun
-5
71 – 73 – 70 – 69
283
$15,719
T31
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
73 – 69 – 72 – 69
283
$15,719
T31
Angel Yin
-5
68 – 70 – 73 – 72
283
$15,719
T35
Lydia Ko
-4
74 – 73 – 68 – 69
284
$13,340
T35
Jennifer Kupcho
-4
75 – 70 – 69 – 70
284
$13,340
T35
Lizette Salas
-4
71 – 70 – 73 – 70
284
$13,340
T35
Austin Ernst
-4
73 – 68 – 67 – 76
284
$13,340
T39
Hinako Shibuno
-3
69 – 74 – 73 – 69
285
$11,513
T39
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
74 – 71 – 69 – 71
285
$11,513
T39
Ho Yu An (a)
-3
72 – 74 – 67 – 72
285
$0
T39
Yu-Ju Chen
-3
73 – 66 – 71 – 75
285
$11,513
T43
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
73 – 70 – 72 – 71
286
$10,185
T43
Amy Olson
-2
68 – 74 – 72 – 72
286
$10,185
T43
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-2
71 – 74 – 68 – 73
286
$10,185
T46
Jaye Marie Green
-1
74 – 72 – 72 – 69
287
$9,077
T46
Mel Reid
-1
72 – 74 – 72 – 69
287
$9,077
T46
Pei-Ying Tsai
-1
74 – 69 – 72 – 72
287
$9,077
T49
Alena Sharp
E
71 – 70 – 78 – 69
288
$8,081
T49
Gerina Piller
E
73 – 73 – 72 – 70
288
$8,081
T49
Annie Park
E
72 – 72 – 74 – 70
288
$8,081
T52
Jasmine Suwannapura
1
75 – 73 – 72 – 69
289
$7,417
T52
Megan Khang
1
70 – 77 – 69 – 73
289
$7,417
T52
Yu-Sang Hou (a)
1
70 – 71 – 73 – 75
289
$0
T55
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
2
75 – 70 – 73 – 72
290
$6,974
T55
Katherine Kirk
2
75 – 69 – 73 – 73
290
$6,974
T57
Maria Fernanda Torres
3
76 – 72 – 72 – 71
291
$6,531
T57
Sarah Schmelzel
3
74 – 73 – 73 – 71
291
$6,531
T59
Chieh Jessica Peng
4
77 – 69 – 76 – 70
292
$6,089
T59
Mi Hyang Lee
4
74 – 72 – 72 – 74
292
$6,089
T61
Mirim Lee
5
78 – 73 – 73 – 69
293
$5,573
T61
Pajaree Anannarukarn
5
75 – 75 – 71 – 72
293
$5,573
T61
Teresa Lu
5
72 – 72 – 72 – 77
293
$5,573
64
Nicole Broch Larsen
6
72 – 76 – 78 – 68
294
$5,313
T65
Cheyenne Knight
7
77 – 81 – 68 – 69
295
$5,037
T65
Rose Zhang (a)
7
75 – 72 – 76 – 72
295
$0
T65
Babe Liu
7
80 – 74 – 68 – 73
295
$5,037
T65
Sakura Yokomine
7
77 – 71 – 74 – 73
295
$5,037
T65
Eun-Hee Ji
7
72 – 73 – 76 – 74
295
$5,037
70
Hsin-Yu Lu (a)
8
79 – 70 – 75 – 72
296
$0
T71
Hsuan Chen
9
74 – 81 – 72 – 70
297
$4,649
T71
Yu-Ling Hsieh
9
75 – 73 – 76 – 73
297
$4,649
T71
Tiffany Joh
9
74 – 75 – 74 – 74
297
$4,649
T74
Tzu-Chi Lin
10
76 – 76 – 73 – 73
298
$4,401
T74
Hannah Green
10
76 – 72 – 76 – 74
298
$4,401
76
Cydney Clanton
11
75 – 77 – 76 – 71
299
$4,316
77
Huai-Chien Hsu (a)
15
79 – 77 – 72 – 75
303
$0
78
Ai-Chen Kuo
16
77 – 75 – 76 – 76
304
$4,261
79
Ching-Ling Chang
18
78 – 74 – 77 – 77
306
$4,206
80
Hsin Lee
19
82 – 73 – 76 – 76
307
$4,156
WD
Jin Young Ko
73 – 74
$0
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