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Round 4 - Eun-Hee Ji wins first title in 8 years

October 22, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Eun-Hee Ji has won the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, her first win since the 2009 U.S. Women's Open, 8 years, 3 months and 10 days ago. She sealed her win with a 3-foot par putt on 18th beating Lydia Ko by six strokes.

“I'm so happy and excited because I haven't won for the past eight years,” said Ji. “So I was waiting for this moment for so long, so I'm super happy right now.”

She carded twenty birdies over the tournament, and only three bogeys, to finish at 17-under 271.

“It is a nice day for playing golf today, and I have a really good group with Lydia and Jenny, so I was more relaxed with them and enjoyed playing with them,” said Ji.  “Yeah, it's been great.”

Ko was bogey free for the day and played 7-under 65 on Sunday.

“I'll still take a birdie on the finishing hole,” said Ko. “When I was on 17 tee I said I want to finish with two birdies, and I was able to do that. I played really solid today. I had a few pars; I guess 12-footers for par on my front nine that I was able to hole and make a bunch of birdies. I'll take my 65.” 

The weather was difficult and a concern for all the players in the field for most of the event.

“I think we were all worried about the weather at one stage, and even coming off yesterday to 54 holes, we were like, "Oh, thank God." We knew that the weather was going to be pretty decent today, and I think it was even better than the forecast,” said Ko.  “It's great. It's great that 72 holes are done, and a lot of fans were able to come out today. It looks like there's a lot of kids, which is always great for the game.”

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Eun-Hee Ji 66 - 71 - 69 - 65 271 -17 $330,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 70 - 74 - 68 - 65 277 -11 $202,195.00
3T So Yeon Ryu 73 - 68 - 75 - 65 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Lizette Salas 76 - 68 - 70 - 67 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Carlota Ciganda 72 - 70 - 71 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Shanshan Feng 72 - 70 - 71 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Madelene Sagstrom 72 - 68 - 73 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00

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Ryu's terrific turnaround

What a turnaround it was for World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu. The world’s top player struggled on Saturday, carding a 3-over 75 and heading into the final round in a tied for 16th.

Sunday was a totally different day. Ryu seemingly floated around the golf course, carding a perfect bogey-free round of 7-under 65 to vault up the leaderboard and finish tied for third. The difference? It was all in her mind.

“I started to think about what is my problem, and then I found out my problem was thinking to myself, I have a problem,” said Ryu. “I just started to trust myself and I started to think about: Okay, I have a really good stroke, I have a good rhythm and I have a tempo. So let’s commit to it and roll it. That’s what I did today, and it worked out really well.”

Tseng makes crows-thrilling charge in hometown event

With scores of hometown fans following her every move, Yani Tseng enjoyed one of her best rounds in the season on Sunday. The 28-year-old, who grew up on the outskirts of New Taipei City, electrified the crowds with an eagle at the par-5 12th and birdies at the next two holes to pull into the top five. However, she stumbled down the stretch, playing the last five holes in 3 over to finish her 2-under round.

Nevertheless, the rush of putting together a solid round was like revisiting a long-lost friend – Tseng just plain missed it.

“I missed this feeling, and I really want to thank all the fans who came out today to give me great support,” said Tseng, who finished T17 overall, her best showing in her hometown tournament since she finished third in 2012. “I really appreciate it and I feel the nerves and I feel the pressure, but it was great pressure and good nerves. I haven’t had that for a while.”

Quick hits

Eun-Hee Ji is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best previous finish was T2 in 2015, where she held the lead after each of the first two rounds

Ji has gone 203 starts since her last LPGA victory, which came at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

Ji’s six-stroke margin of victory ties the largest of the 2017 season, joining the previous mark of six strokes set by Mirim Lee at the Kia Classic

The largest margin of victory in LPGA history is 14 strokes, by Cindy Mackey at the 1986 MasterCard International Pro-Am

So Yeon Ryu’s third-place finish is her best career showing at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; her previous best finish was solo fifth in 2012

Quotable

“I know I can win. It’s just a matter of time.”
- Yani Tseng, on her welcome return to form

“Sometimes it’s better not to know what’s going on, so I think it was really helpful.”
- So Yeon Ryu, on not seeing any leaderboards during her 7-under round

Round 3 - Eun-Hee Ji regains solo lead in Taiwan

October 21, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Eun-Hee Ji is taking a six-shot lead into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship after a third-round 69. She carded just one bogey and four birdies on a blustery day to regain solo lead having started the day tied with Jenny Shin.

“I'm just trying to do what I did the last two rounds,” said Ji. “And especially it was a hard wind today. I couldn't focus on the ball but I tried to focus more.”

Shin shot a disappointing 75 after a frustrating day.

“Maybe I play well in the rain, and I hope it just comes down tomorrow, and maybe I'll play 7-under par, you never know,” said Shin. “Yeah, like you said, everybody has a bad day. Everybody has a good day. That was my bad day. So hopefully tomorrow I can come back with a solid round and hopefully try to catch the leader. I know there's a big gap, but I've known Eun-Hee for a really long time, and playing with her two days in a row, it's going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

Lydia Ko shot the low round of the day with a 4-under 68 and is tied with Shin for second place. She is hoping for her first win since the 2016 Marathon Classic.

“It kind of progressively picked up. I played solid and made a few good putts. A little careless plus little mistakes on 17, but it's always nice to be able to finish with a birdie on the last.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Eun-Hee Ji
-10
66
71
69
206
T2
Lydia Ko
-4
70
74
68
212
T2
Jenny Shin
-4
70
67
75
212
T4
Chella Choi
-3
75
69
69
213
T4
Cristie Kerr
-3
73
70
70
213
T4
Carlota Ciganda
-3
72
70
71
213
T4
Shanshan Feng
-3
72
70
71
213
T4
Madelene Sagstrom
-3
72
68
73
213
T4
Brittany Altomare
-3
70
68
75
213

Shin remains optimistic despite early putter crisis

To say Jenny Shin had an eventful Saturday morning might be a gross understatement. The 25-year-old from the Republic of Korea arrived at the course and quickly realized she was missing a crucial piece of equipment – her putter.

“Thank God it wasn’t the old hotel, because if it was, I wouldn’t have played the first two holes without my putter,” said Shin, referencing a recent hotel change that left her putter only 30 minutes away from the course rather than an hour.

Thanks to a good friend making a mad dash back to retrieve the club, Shin was able to make it to the first tee with her bag fully stocked. And while Shin struggled on Saturday and didn’t convert a single birdie, she remains optimistic that for every bad day, there’s bound to be a good one waiting.

“Maybe I play well in the rain, and I hope it just comes down tomorrow, and maybe I’ll play 7-under par, you never know,” said Shin. “Everybody has a bad day. Everybody has a good day. That was my bad day. So hopefully tomorrow I can come back with a solid round and hopefully try to catch the leader.”

Ko aiming for third Swinging Skirts victory and second in Chinese Taipei

Lydia Ko apparently loves both Swinging Skirts and Chinese Taipei. The New Zealand phenom captured her first professional victory at the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, conducted at San Francisco’s Lake Merced Golf Club and sponsored by the Swinging Skirts Golf Club, a Chinese Taipei-based nonprofit organization that supports women’s golf. She followed that win with a second Swinging Skirts title the following year.

After three years of sponsoring the San Francisco tournament, the Swinging Skirts organization moved its title sponsorship to its home country’s event, held at Miramar Golf Country Club. Ko is already a champion here, having taken the 2015 title, and now hopes to add yet another Swinging Skirts win to her victory tally.

“I think it’s great for the sponsors, and obviously Swinging Skirts, bringing this tournament back to Taiwan,” said Ko, who would earn her 15th LPGA victory with a win on Sunday. “I think they deserve to have a nice, 72-hole finish with a crowned champion tomorrow. “

Quick hits

Eun-Hee Ji is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best finish was T2 in 2015, where she held the lead after each of the first two rounds

Ji has gone more than 200 starts since her last LPGA victory, which came at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

Ji holds a six-stroke lead going into the final round; the largest victory margin of 2017 is six strokes, by Mirim Lee at the Kia Classic

The largest margin of victory in LPGA history is 14 strokes, by Cindy Mackey at the 1986 MasterCard International Pro-Am

The largest come-from-behind victory of 2017 is six strokes, by Mi Hyang Lee at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

The largest come-from-behind victory in LPGA history is 10 strokes, done three times (Mickey Wright, 1964 Tall City Open; Annika Sorenstam, 2001 The Office Depot Hosted by Amy Alcott; Louise Friberg, 2008 MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel)

Jenny Shin is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best finish was T14 in 2015

Lydia Ko is playing in her fifth Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; she won in 2015, finished third in 2014 and finished T20 in 2016

Quotable

“We saw the sun at some stage today.”
- Lydia Ko, on a welcome break in the week’s rainy weather

“ I think my dad and I need some space, but right now it’s pretty good. We talk every day.”
- Megan Khang, on not having her dad Lee on the bag this week

Round 2 - Jenny Shin and Eun-Hee Ji leading packed leaderboard

October 20, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Jenny Shin has joined Eun-Hee Ji at the top of the packed Swinging Skirts leaderboard at 7-under. Shin posted a 5-under 67 on another day with tough weather conditions.

“I feel really good. I've had some really good putts today, really good shots. I had a really good break back there on the 18th hole,” said Shin. “My tee shot went to the right, but I got relief because it was completely underwater, and I took advantage of that obviously. Made the putt on 17, so I wanted to keep running at it and made my last putt on 18.”

First round leader Ji had a more difficult time and played two bogeys and two birdies to finish at 1-under 71.

“Not as great as yesterday but I don't feel really bad, you know,” said Ji. “I just struggled with my putting this first nine, and I get just a little bit better on the back nine. I just made it out a little bit, and, yeah, I think I'm pretty happy to make a birdie on the last.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Jenny Shin
-7
70
67
137
T1
Eun-Hee Ji
-7
66
71
137
3
Brittany Altomare
-6
70
68
138
4
Su Oh
-5
73
66
139
T5
Madelene Sagstrom
-4
72
68
140
T5
Megan Khang
-4
69
71
140
T7
So Yeon Ryu
-3
73
68
141
T7
Brittany Lang
-3
71
70
141
T9
Carlota Ciganda
-2
72
70
142
T9
Shanshan Feng
-2
72
70
142
T9
Brittany Lincicome
-2
71
71
142
T9
Angel Yin
-2
71
71
142
T9
Azahara Munoz
-2
70
72
142

Closing eagle for Oh

Su Oh’s 6-under 66 was the round of the day on Friday, capped off with a hole-out eagle from the middle of the fairway. Considering the wind and rain that the players endured for a second consecutive day, Oh was quite pleased with where she stands after two rounds.

“Even yesterday, I hit the ball really well,” said Oh, who is two strokes behind co-leaders Jenny Shin and Eun-Hee Ji. “I just missed a lot of putts. But today, just things went a little my way. I chipped in twice and hit a few close shots. Yeah, just didn’t make too many mistakes out there.”

Altomare finally feeling comfortable on Tour

What a few weeks it’s been for Brittany Altomare. Prior to Sept. 1, the graduate of the University of Virginia had no top-10 finishes and just more than $326,000 in earnings since joining the LPGA Tour in 2016.

Since then, she finished T3 at the Cambia Portland Classic and reached a playoff at the Evian Championship, where she ultimately fell to Anna Nordqvist on the first extra hole. Those two events combined brought in more winnings – $416,670 – than she had earned in the first 36 events of her LPGA career combined.

“I just think that I’m hitting it well and putting it well and the combination of the two finally clicking together has finally helped,” said Altomare, when asked what provided the spark to her invigorated play. She also pointed to her successful player/caddie partnership with former player Dewi Claire Schreefel, who is not on Altomare’s bag for the Asia Swing but left her pupil in good form.

“I think I’ve just felt more and more comfortable out here,” said Altomare. “My caddie throughout the year, Dewi, I think she helped me stay confident and be comfortable in those positions, whereas last year, I didn’t feel so confident and comfortable. I think now with two good experiences under my belt, I can hopefully do something this weekend.”

Birthday time at Miramar

In what has become a fun tradition at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship, players celebrating a birthday during tournament week each received a small cake and serenade following their rounds on Friday. Wei Ling Hsu (turning 23), Danielle Kang (turning 25) and Jeong Eun Lee (turning 29) all celebrated birthdays today, while Peiyun Chien (turning 26) celebrates on Sunday and Megan Khang (turning 20) celebrates on Monday.

“It’s one of the best surprises you can get,” said Khang, who also enjoyed a bubble tea with her birthday confection. “It’s the perfect day. After a rainy day, something to brighten up your day. You get some cake – immediate smile.”

Quick hits

This is the first time since the 2016 Kia Classic that Jenny Shin has been the leader or co-leader through 36 holes; she went on to finish T4

Shin has not missed a single cut in her 21 LPGA events this season, although she withdrew after the first round of the Marathon Classic with a muscle strain

Shin is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best finish was T14 in 2015

Shin’s second-round 67 is her career best round at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Eun-Hee Ji is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best finish was T2 in 2015, where she held the lead after each of the first two rounds

This is the first time Ji has held a portion of the lead through 36 holes since this tournament in 2015; she went on to finish T2

Brittany Altomare is playing in her first Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; she finished T12 in 2016

Su Oh is playing in her second Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship; she finished T20 in 2016

Quotable

“You walk into my room and it’s just newspaper everywhere, trying to put it in my shoes, and all these hangers. I feel so bad for the housekeeper that’s cleaning my room today, because there’s no room to like move around.”
- Su Oh, on having to dry her clothes after this week’s rainy conditions

“You don’t need to worry about me doing that.”
- Shanshan Feng, on practicing too much

Round 1 - Eun-Hee Ji takes opening lead in Taiwan

October 19, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Eun-Hee Ji has taken the lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship with an opening round of 6-under 66 amid difficult weather conditions. She leads Sei Young Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn and Megan Khang by three shots.

Ji is hoping for her first win this season and has spend some time working on her backswing following a disappointing time in Korea last week.

“I changed my swings a little bit. That one I worked on a lot. My caddie is helping me a lot. It's like more information for wind and club choosing. That's everything,” explained Ji. “I think just a good day. I'm just more relaxed with the weather. That makes it a lot easier for when I play.”

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Eun-Hee Ji
-6
66
T2
Megan Khang
-3
69
T2
Sei Young Kim
-3
69
T2
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
69
T5
Mirim Lee
-2
74
T5
Min Lee
-2
70
T5
Jenny Shin
-2
70
T5
Brittany Altomare
-2
70
T5
Lydia Ko
-2
70
T5
Azahara Munoz
-2
70

Maybe it was the dumplings that inspired Kim

Sei Young Kim spent Wednesday evening sampling some of Chinese Taipei’s iconic xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings) at the world-famous Din Tai Fung restaurant in downtown New Taipei City. Perhaps it was the magic of her favorite tasting that helped propel her to a 3-under 69 and a tie for second after Thursday’s first round.

“Really favorite dumpling is truffle dumpling,” said Kim with a laugh. “It was really awesome.”

Also awesome? Her first round, which featured five birdies, including four on her second nine, but also bogeys on the final hole of each nine.

“After the first nine holes, the front nine holes, I was getting used to the weather,” said Kim, who also pointed to her long-time caddie Paul Fusco as crucial support during the round’s rough weather conditions. “It’s easier than the front nine, and that’s the reason why I played better than the front nine.”

A welcome good day for Jutanugarn

Ariya Jutanugarn spent the first two-thirds of the 2017 LPGA season at the top of her game, making her first 14 cuts, capturing a playoff victory at the Manulife LPGA Classic and becoming the first player from Thailand to ascend to No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking.

However, since July 1, it’s been a different story for the Thai sensation, as a flare-up of an old shoulder injury sparked a skid that included five missed cuts and a withdrawal over a seven tournament stretch. Jutanugarn showed signs of her early-season spark in her T33 finish at last week’s LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, and today’s sparkling 3-under 69 – only her third round in the 60s since July – brought out her signature megawatt smile.

“I think I hit the ball pretty solid today,” said Jutanugarn, whose devotion to the Vision54 philosophy helped her weather that difficult stretch. “I’m not worried about the outcome, so I just like focus on the things I can control and that worked out.”

Quick Hits

Eun-Hee Ji is one of eight players to have played all seven Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championships; her best finish was T2 in 2015, where she held the lead after each of the first two rounds

Ji’s first-round 66 is tied for the second-lowest first round of her career; she also returned a 66 in the first round of this tournament in 2015

Ji’s first-round 66 is tied for her best round of 2017, joining the third round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and the fourth round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Megan Khang is playing in her second Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; she finished T12 in 2016

Sei Young Kim is playing in her second Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; she finished T23 in 2015

Ariya Jutanugarn is playing in her second Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship; she finished T29 in 2015

Amateur Chia Yen Wu was disqualified after her round for signing an incorrect scorecard

Quotable

“I like Taiwan, and always when I come here, I play great. That’s why I come always. I like all the people here. I like the food here, dumplings.”
- Eun-Hee Ji, on why she likes playing in this event

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Eun-Hee Ji 66 - 71 - 69 - 65 271 -17 $330,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 70 - 74 - 68 - 65 277 -11 $202,195.00
3T So Yeon Ryu 73 - 68 - 75 - 65 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Lizette Salas 76 - 68 - 70 - 67 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Carlota Ciganda 72 - 70 - 71 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Shanshan Feng 72 - 70 - 71 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00
3T Madelene Sagstrom 72 - 68 - 73 - 68 281 -7 $97,749.00
8 Cristie Kerr 73 - 70 - 70 - 69 282 -6 $54,798.00
9 Jacqui Concolino 74 - 70 - 73 - 66 283 -5 $49,262.00
10T Wei-Ling Hsu 72 - 75 - 71 - 66 284 -4 $40,350.00
10T Brittany Lang 71 - 70 - 75 - 68 284 -4 $40,350.00
10T Angel Yin 71 - 71 - 72 - 70 284 -4 $40,350.00
10T Brittany Altomare 70 - 68 - 75 - 71 284 -4 $40,350.00
14T Candie Kung 71 - 74 - 71 - 69 285 -3 $32,176.00
14T Chella Choi 75 - 69 - 69 - 72 285 -3 $32,176.00
14T Jenny Shin 70 - 67 - 75 - 73 285 -3 $32,176.00
17T Minjee Lee 76 - 70 - 72 - 68 286 -2 $26,052.00
17T Ally McDonald 73 - 71 - 74 - 68 286 -2 $26,052.00
17T Yani Tseng 73 - 72 - 72 - 69 286 -2 $26,052.00
17T Sei Young Kim 69 - 76 - 72 - 69 286 -2 $26,052.00
17T Nicole Broch Larsen 71 - 74 - 71 - 70 286 -2 $26,052.00
17T Nelly Korda 73 - 71 - 72 - 70 286 -2 $26,052.00
23T Amy Yang 73 - 71 - 75 - 68 287 -1 $21,559.00
23T Marina Alex 73 - 73 - 72 - 69 287 -1 $21,559.00
23T Pei-Ying Tsai 74 - 69 - 72 - 72 287 -1 $21,559.00
23T Megan Khang 69 - 71 - 74 - 73 287 -1 $21,559.00
27T Brooke M. Henderson 74 - 75 - 71 - 68 288 E $18,819.00
27T Charley Hull 74 - 71 - 71 - 72 288 E $18,819.00
27T Alena Sharp 75 - 68 - 71 - 74 288 E $18,819.00
30T Katherine Kirk 76 - 73 - 73 - 67 289 1 $15,738.00
30T Caroline Masson 75 - 71 - 76 - 67 289 1 $15,738.00
30T Jennifer Song 72 - 75 - 72 - 70 289 1 $15,738.00
30T Haru Nomura 74 - 72 - 73 - 70 289 1 $15,738.00
30T Ariya Jutanugarn 69 - 75 - 74 - 71 289 1 $15,738.00
30T Brittany Lincicome 71 - 71 - 73 - 74 289 1 $15,738.00
36T Kim Kaufman 76 - 74 - 73 - 67 290 2 $12,786.00
36T Sarah Jane Smith 72 - 73 - 74 - 71 290 2 $12,786.00
36T Su Oh 73 - 66 - 79 - 72 290 2 $12,786.00
36T Na Yeon Choi 73 - 71 - 73 - 73 290 2 $12,786.00
40T Pernilla Lindberg 75 - 72 - 73 - 72 292 4 $11,292.00
40T Laura Gonzalez Escallon 73 - 75 - 71 - 73 292 4 $11,292.00
42T Pornanong Phatlum 77 - 72 - 74 - 70 293 5 $9,991.00
42T Sung Hyun Park 76 - 73 - 73 - 71 293 5 $9,991.00
42T Min Lee 70 - 78 - 74 - 71 293 5 $9,991.00
42T Jodi Ewart Shadoff 74 - 70 - 75 - 74 293 5 $9,991.00
46T Ha Na Jang 81 - 73 - 72 - 68 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Karine Icher 77 - 74 - 72 - 71 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Jaye Marie Green 75 - 76 - 71 - 72 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Mo Martin 72 - 76 - 73 - 73 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Stacy Lewis 74 - 73 - 74 - 73 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Jeong Eun Lee 72 - 72 - 77 - 73 294 6 $8,128.00
46T Danielle Kang 74 - 74 - 72 - 74 294 6 $8,128.00
53T Sandra Gal 78 - 74 - 75 - 68 295 7 $6,974.00
53T Azahara Munoz 70 - 72 - 75 - 78 295 7 $6,974.00
55 Ryann O'Toole 75 - 71 - 76 - 74 296 8 $6,642.00
56T Ayako Uehara 78 - 72 - 78 - 69 297 9 $6,089.00
56T Peiyun Chien 73 - 76 - 75 - 73 297 9 $6,089.00
56T Mi Jung Hur 77 - 69 - 75 - 76 297 9 $6,089.00
56T Sun Young Yoo 74 - 71 - 75 - 77 297 9 $6,089.00
60T Joanna Klatten 82 - 69 - 72 - 75 298 10 $5,480.00
60T Ho-Yu An 77 - 72 - 73 - 76 298 10 $0.00
60T Mirim Lee 74 - 72 - 75 - 77 298 10 $5,480.00
63T Morgan Pressel 74 - 75 - 80 - 70 299 11 $5,147.00
63T Tiffany Joh 74 - 78 - 74 - 73 299 11 $5,147.00
63T Gaby Lopez 76 - 73 - 77 - 73 299 11 $5,147.00
63T Szu-Han Chen 74 - 75 - 73 - 77 299 11 $5,147.00
67T Olafia Kristinsdottir 76 - 77 - 77 - 70 300 12 $4,705.00
67T I-Wen Chen 75 - 74 - 80 - 71 300 12 $4,705.00
67T YuJeong Son 79 - 75 - 74 - 72 300 12 $0.00
67T Michelle Wie 76 - 72 - 77 - 75 300 12 $4,705.00
67T Cydney Clanton 76 - 71 - 78 - 75 300 12 $4,705.00
67T Yu-Sang Hou 76 - 71 - 78 - 75 300 12 $0.00
73T Tze-Han Lin 75 - 79 - 74 - 74 302 14 $0.00
73T Tzu-Chi Lin 77 - 73 - 76 - 76 302 14 $4,429.00
75 Aditi Ashok 81 - 80 - 74 - 69 304 16 $4,374.00
76T Hsin-Yu Lu 85 - 76 - 73 - 71 305 17 $0.00
76T Yu-Ling Hsieh 76 - 71 - 86 - 72 305 17 $4,261.00
76T Ching Huang 75 - 80 - 75 - 75 305 17 $4,261.00
76T Yu-Ju Chen 79 - 75 - 76 - 75 305 17 $4,261.00
80 Ssu-Chia Cheng 81 - 79 - 77 - 75 312 24 $4,156.00
DQ Chia Yen Wu 0 E $0.00

 

Preview

DATES: October 19-22
SITE: Miramar Golf & Country Club, Taipei, Taiwan
PRIZE MONEY: $2,200,000
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Learning experiences abound for rookie Ashok

Aditi Ashok’s big smile radiated when asked about her waterproofs, which will certainly come in handy during Wednesday’s water-logged day at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship presented by CTBC.

“It’s too hot to wear the waterproofs, so what do you do?” said Ashok, who hoped to walk Miramar Golf Country Club today. The 19-year old from Bangalore, India, just squeaked into this week’s field, finding out on Sunday evening that she was in the tournament – her first appearance of this Asia Swing – following In Gee Chun’s withdrawal.

“I’m just happy that I finally got one because I thought I wasn’t going to get any Asia Swing events, but now I got this one,” said Ashok, who has yet to see the golf course after arriving Tuesday afternoon. “I also got an invite to Malaysia, which was pretty cool and I’m excited about that, because I’ve played on that course a couple times before.”

In her rookie year on the LPGA Tour, where she is only the second full-time player from India, she spent more time on the road than she had ever done during her previous playing career. Looking back at the season, Ashok sees a major silver lining in a year of hard work.

“I was out for almost 14 weeks during the summer, which was new, because I’ve never been away for that long, “ said Ashok, who finished T8 at July’s Marathon Classic for her best showing of the season. “It’s been a different experience, just playing so many events, traveling. And I got to play in all five majors this year, which was a pretty cool experience.”

Ashok became the darling of sports in her home country when she represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and also played full time on the Ladies European Tour. She remains the face of women’s golf in India, though the next generation is certainly nipping at her heels. A record nine players from India teed it up in August’s LPGA Qualifying School Stage I, something which is certainly attributable to the humble young player.

“There’s always been women’s golf in India but it’s never come out like the men’s,” said Ashok. ” So hopefully there will be more girls trying to play internationally, and eventually, when everyone does that, there might be more girls playing on Tour.”

Weather wreaks havoc with pre-tournament plans

Miramar Golf Country Club needed rain. Just not this much.

Over the last week, the New Taipei City region has received nearly 12 inches of rain, much of it due to Typhoon Khanun, which hit the island last week. While the area had been primarily dry over the weeks leading into the event, today’s torrential rains led to the cancellation of the pre-tournament pro-am to allow the golf course to drain ahead of tomorrow’s first round.

“It’s draining better than most courses,” said Nicole Broch Larsen, who arrived on Sunday and was able to get in nine holes during Monday’s sunny conditions. “If it’s going to rain like this all week, then it will be tough. But fingers crossed.”

Broch Larsen’s method of killing time? A mean game of cards in the locker room.

“I have a lot of good friends out here on Tour, so we are just trying to make the best out of it,” said Broch Larsen. “You can’t do anything about the weather, so it’s just dealing with it and have fun.”

Quotable

“I don’t think of it that way because I still feel I’m young and I have so much more golf to play. But yeah, if it’s because of me, then it’s just one more thing that happened because I’m playing golf, so that’s nice.”
- Aditi Ashok, on serving as an inspiration for future generations of Indian golfers

“The orchestra was playing really loud. It was a good party.”
- Nicole Broch Larsen, on the full orchestra that played at Tuesday night’s pro-am party





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