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Nelly Korda defends Swinging Skirts title with playoff victory

Swinging Skirts LPGA: Nelly Korda
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Nelly Korda of United States of America poses for a photo with the trophy after winning the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA Presented By CTBC at Miramar Golf Country Club on November 3, 2019 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)  - 

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Defending champion Nelly Korda birdied the first hole of a three-way playoff on Sunday to win the LPGA Swinging Skirts.

Korda and Minjee Lee both birdied the final hole of regulation to finish at 18-under 270 and force a playoff with Caroline Masson, who shot a 68.

Korda, who started the final round with a three-stroke lead over Lee (69), looked set to win in regulation after a birdie on the par-5 No. 12. But she bogeyed three of her final five holes to fall one stroke back of Masson before a birdie on 18 gave her even-par 72.


Full-field scores from the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship


Masson took the lead after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 but closed with par on the final two holes.

In the playoff on the par-5 18th, Korda sank her birdie putt while Masson and Lee made par.

Brooke Henderson shot a 68 to finish regulation tied for fourth, four strokes back with South Koreans Sei Young Kim and Mi Jung Hur.