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Toto Japan Classic Preview, Pairings, and More

I would like to start off today by congratulating Nelly Korda for winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan. Here is the recap of how she accomplished her first career win.

This week the LPGA travels to Japan for the playing of the Toto Japan Classic. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when Shanshan Feng's final round 68 was good enough to bring home the championship trophy. Ai Suzuki finished in second place just two shots back. Shanshan also won this championship in 2016 when she finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Ha Na Jang.

This will be tournament #30 of 32 on this year's LPGA schedule, and the 4th of 5 events on the current Asian swing.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Seta Golf Club (this is a change of venue from last year's event).
Location:  Sjoga, Japan
Defending Champion:  Shanshan Feng
Winning Score:  66-63-68 = 197 (-19)

Final Field:  78 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,608
Purse:  $1,500,000

This is a 54 hole tournament!

My strength of field…

Nelly Korda Wins. Joins Sister Jessica as an LPGA Winner!

Nelly Korda joined her Jessica today as a winner on the LPGA Tour. The Kordas joined the Jutanugarns and the Sorenstams as the only sister act to ever win on the LPGA Tour.

Nelly started the final round in a tie with Wie-Ling Hsu at 8 under par. Hsu quickly took the lead with a birdie on the first hole, but Korda evened things up with a birdie on hole number four. When Korda eagled the par five 6th hole (Hsu birdied it) she took a one stroke lead at 12 under par. The wheels then fell off for Hsu when she bogeyed both the seventh and eight holes. When Korda birdied the tenth hole, it gave her a four stroke lead and it was all but over.

Korda's 13 under par total was two strokes better than runner-up Minjee Lee. Ryann O'Toole finished third just 3 strokes back. Hsu, who shot a final round 74, finished tied for 6th.

It has suddenly become a huge year for LPGA players from the USA. After a slow start they have now won four of the last five tournaments. Korda became the eighth diff…

LPGA Qualifying Tournament 2018 Final Stage - The Q-Series

The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.

At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.

The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. 
The first week of the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will be played on the George and Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst Course No. 6 from Oct. 24-27, while the Q-Series will conclude on the Rees Jon…

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…