Defending champ Korda wins LPGA Swinging Skirts in playoff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Defending champion Nelly Korda birdied the initial hole of a a few-way playoff on Sunday to gain the LPGA Swinging Skirts.

Korda and Minjee Lee both equally birdied the closing gap of regulation to finish at 18-beneath 270 and force a playoff with Caroline Masson, who shot a 68.

Korda, who started out the closing spherical with a a few-stroke lead over Lee (69), looked set to win in regulation after a birdie on the par-5 No. 12 gave her a a few-shot lead. But she bogeyed 3 of her ultimate five holes to slide one particular stroke back of Masson prior to a birdie on 18 gave her even-par 72.

“It just will get absent from you so speedy,” Korda mentioned. “And Caroline designed a few putts and she was a person in advance of me on 17. I was like, geez, I have to make a birdie below.”

Masson took the guide immediately after back again-to-again birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 but shut with par on the last two holes.

“I did have a few possibilities to get it’s possible two forward on 17 and make birdie on 18, and did not use them, but I consider in general, I just hung with them all day,” Masson claimed. “Tremendous happy of the way we played and battled.”

In the playoff on the par-5 18th, Korda was the only one to find the fairway and strike a perfect 2nd shot to set up an eagle opportunity. She left the eagle putt quick, but a birdie was ample for her to get her third job LPGA title.

With her next get of the 12 months, Korda is the 1st American with numerous wins in the 2019 period.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a 68 to finish regulation tied for fourth, 4 strokes back with South Koreans Sei Youthful Kim and Mi Jung Hur.

Hamilton’s Alena Sharp tied for 49th.

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