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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Height: 5′ 9″
Birthdate: July 28, 1998 (age 21)
Native: Bradenton, FL
Resides: Bradenton, FL
Final Top 5
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)
1. Nelly Korda ($330,000)
2. Minjee Lee ($174,437)
2. Caroline Mason ($174,437)
Nelly Korda’s Winning Numbers
Fairways: 39/56, 69.6%
Greens: 57/72, 79.2%
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)
“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