Winner’s Circle: Nelly Korda Successfully Defends Taiwan Title

Nelly Korda Wins Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA
Nelly Korda poses with the trophy after winning the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA at Miramar Golf Country Club on Nov 3, 2019 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Nelly Korda shot an even-par 72 on Sunday but then beat Minjee Lee and Caroline Mason on the first playoff hole to claim back-to-back titles at the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA.

Korda finished her final day at Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City with five bogeys against five birdies, highlighted by a final-hole gain to tie Lee and Mason at 18-under par.

On the first sudden-death hole (No. 18), Korda made birdie to win her third career LPGA title.

It was Korda’s second win of the 2019 LPGA season, and moves the 23-year old American to No. 4 in the Race to CME Globe with 2,547 points.


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Pro-File

Nationality: American
Height: 5′ 9″
Birthdate: July 28, 1998 (age 21)
Native: Bradenton, FL
Resides: Bradenton, FL


Final Top 5

Nelly Korda Wins Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA
Jessica Korda celebrates with champagne after sister Nelly Korda won the Taiwan Swinging Skirts at Miramar Golf Country Club on Nov 3, 2019 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Nelly Korda -18 (E)
2. Caroline Mason -17 (-4)
2. Minjee Lee -19 (-3)
4. Brooke Henderson -14 (-4)
4. Sei Young Kim -14 (-3)
4. Mi Jung Hur -14 (-1)

Top-3 Payouts

Pos-Player (Winnings)
1. Nelly Korda ($330,000)
2. Minjee Lee ($174,437)
2. Caroline Mason ($174,437)


Nelly Korda’s Winning Numbers

Topline Stats:

Driving: 279.8
Fairways: 39/56, 69.6%
Greens: 57/72, 79.2%
Putts/GIR: 98/1.72

Scoring:

Par-3: -1 (4 Birdies, 9 Pars, 3 Bogeys)
Par-4: -5 (1 Eagle, 7 Birdies, 29 Pars, 4 Bogeys)
Par-5: -12 (13 Birdies, 2 Pars, 1 Bogey)
Total: -18 (1 Eagle, 24 Birdies, 40 Pars, 8 Bogeys)


Quotable

Nelly Korda Wins Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA
Nelly Korda reacts after winning the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA at Miramar Golf Country Club on Nov 3, 2019 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

“I kept telling myself, from the heart, from the heart, from the heart, because I was very nervous because it was my first playoff. 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.”
Nelly Korda

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