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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Preview, Pairings and More

Let me start out today by congratulating Danielle Kang for winning the Buick LPGA Shanghai. This was a real dogfight with no less than 10 players within two strokes of the lead coming down the stretch on the back nine. The strange part was that Danielle was not one of them. Danielle shot a front nine one over par 37, and was 3 strokes behind Ariya Jutanugarn the leader at that point. Danielle than birdied four of the final eight holes to take home the trophy. There were seven players tied for second, two strokes back.

This week the LPGA travels to Taiwan for the playing of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Many of you may remember last year's championship when Eun-Hee Ji ran away from the field and was victorious by six strokes over runner-up Lydia Ko.

This will be tournament #29 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and third of five tournaments on the current LPGA Asian swing.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Ta Shee Golf & Country Club
Location:  Taoyuan, Tai…

Buick LPGA Shanghai Preview, Pairings, and More

A huge congratulations goes out to In Gee Chun for winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship. In Gee took control on the back nine of the final round and finished three strokes better than runner-up Charley Hull. The win was her third on the LPGA tour, with the first two being major championships.

This week the LPGA travels to China for the playing of the Buick LPGA Shanghai.
This is the inaugural playing of this event.

This tournament will be #28 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the 2nd of five tournaments on the current Asian swing.

Here are the key details: Course:  Qizhong Garden Golf Club
Location:  Shanghai, China
Defending Champion:  This is the inaugural event
Winning Score:  N/A

Final Field:  81 players Par: 36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,541
Purse:  $2,100,000

My strength of field rating is 64%. Thirty-six of the top 50 players from the LPGA Priority List (not used for this tournament), and thirty-two of the top 50 players from the Rolex Rankings will be in attendance. Players skippin…

Ten Symetra Tour Players Earn Their 2019 LPGA Cards

Following the 21st and final tournament of the 2018 Symetra Tour season, the Volvik Race for the Card top 10 is finalized and 10 players have earned a full LPGA Tour card for 2019.  

Below is a look at the 10 individuals that secured full LPGA membership for next season with their finish in the top 10:

1- Ruixin Liu - $124,839 - China 
Won three times on the Symetra Tour in 2018, including the last two tournaments of the year. In fact, in her last four starts she finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. She was one of just three players in the top ten to compete in all 21 tournaments, making the cut 17 times. Her scoring average of 70.69 ranked tenth on tour, but improved as the year progressed. A Symetra Tour rookie in 2017, she will be playing on the LPGA Tour for the first time in 2019.

2- Dottie Ardina - $97,822 - Philippines
Dottie was a rookie on the LPGA way back in 2014, and has had very limited success there. She has spent most of the last five years playing both the Symetra and LPGA tour…

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship Preview, Pairings, and More

A big congratulations goes out to the Republic of Korea for winning the UL International Crown.  They played like champions from beginning to end. The best team won!

Like Team USA did the last time this event was played, they were victorious under immense pressure to win in front of their home fans. This sets up a great match in 2020, when the two favorites will go head to head on a neutral court.

This week the LPGA moves to South Korea for the playing of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Jin Young Ko will be trying to successfully defend the title she won last year when her 19 under par score of 269, was two strokes better than runner-up Sung Hyun Park. For Ko (a non LPGA member at the time) it was her first win on the LPGA tour.

This is the first of five tournaments on the current "Asian Swing". It is also the start of a six week stretch (without a break) where the season will conclude with the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship.

This will be tournament #27 of 32 …