Defending champion, Nelly Korda, did exactly that when she successfully held on to win the LPGA Tour’s Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA event in Taipei City, surviving a playoff to defeat Australia’s Minjee Lee and Germany’s Caroline Masson.
Not only did Korda win, but Lee had also finished runner-up last year so there was a little bit of déjà vu about the result which saw Korda win her third LPGA Tour title having also won the Women’s Australian Open earlier this year.
Korda appeared to have control of the event with five holes to play but three bogeys in four holes late in her round saw the American and Lee needing to birdie the par 5 last to draw level with Masson who, playing with the pair, had moved ahead with consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th and the demise by Korda.
Lee’s fellow Australian, Su Oh, tied for 8th, Katherine Kirk 55th and a struggling Hannah Green 74th.
The LPGA now moves to Japan for the final event of their Asian swing, the TOTO Classic.