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Taiwanese golfer finishes sixth at LPGA Swinging Skirts

2018/10/28 21:41:56

Hsu Wei-ling (徐薇淩)

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwanese golfer Hsu Wei-ling (徐薇淩) shot three bogies in the last nine holes of the 2018 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship final round Sunday to finish the day's competition with 2-over-par 74 and to complete the tournament at sixth place with a total of 7-under-par 281.

Playing in front of a home crowd at Ta Shee Golf & Country Club in Taoyuan, the local hope Hsu was tied with American Nelly Korda with a 9-under 207 after the third day of the tournament, which had a total purse of US$2.2 million.

Nelly Korda

Fans cheered and roared as Hsu warmed up quickly and birdied the first hole, but then found herself in the bunker at the sixth hole after an overcooked second shot.

After two consecutive bogies in the next two holes, Hsu hit a birdie in the ninth, but Korda remained three strokes up after a birdie at the 10th hole.

Korda's lead increased in the last nine holes as Hsu bogied the 12th, 15th and 18th holes.

Hsu finished in sixth place tied with Lydia Ko of New Zealand with a 7-under 281.

Meanwhile, Korda who shared Saturday's lead with Hsu, won her maiden LPGA title with a 13-under 275 at the four-day 72-hole tournament.

Nelly Korda

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全), who was invited to present prizes at the closing ceremony, congratulated Korda at winning her first LPGA title in Taiwan.

Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全, left) and Nelly Korda

He also commended Hsu's performance, saying that even though Su did not win, "her spirit deserves our warmest applause."

A total of 81 players competed at the tournament held from Thursday to Sunday.

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)