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Hsu leads in but Ko threatening in Taiwan

Ko a previous winner of the event is looming large. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Local golfer Wei-Ling Hsu has a one-shot lead through 36 holes of the LPGA Tour’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taoyuan in Chinese Taipei, a second-best round of the day carting her one shot clear of England’s Jodie Ewart Shadoff with Lydia Ko another shot back in third place.

The diminutive Hsu is in her fourth year on the LPGA Tour but has yet to win so a victory this weekend, if it is to come, would be a special moment especially coming in her own country.

"It's very cool," said Hsu. "This is the most fans around me. I don't have that chance before. So it's pretty cool that everybody is cheering for me and they are like, "Good luck" and like "Go get it, Wei-Ling," something like that. Pretty cool that people are cheering for me and really supporting." 

Ko however may yet be the biggest threat to Hsu’s hopes, the New Zealander having won this tournament previously and finding near winning form when runner-up last week in China.

For Ko the event sponsors hold a special place in her memory. “That was my first win on the LPGA as an LPGA member and that was the Swinging Skirts event (in Korea),” said Ko.

“I think it was probably one of the most memorable shots I've ever hit in my career on the 18th hole. It's going to be with me forever. It's a date that I always look back to and go, you know, it was very special.

“Yeah, definitely I think finishing on a high note last week was good for the confidence.”

Minjee Lee is the best of the Australians in a share of 19th place while Hannah Green and Sarah Jane Smith are 45th and Su Oh 69th in an event where there is no cut.

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