By The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — No. 1 ranked Lydia Ko defeated runner up Morgan Pressel from the U.S. yesterday in a second playoff hole, in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, presented by CTBC Bank (���H�Ȧ�) in Lake Merced, San Francisco. Ko, who turned 18 during the competition, has won the event two years in a row.

In a event packed with 19 of the world’s top 20 ranked women golfers, Ko of New Zealand notched her seventh LPGA Tour title, and fifth since the start of the 2014 season. She came from behind to even up with Morgan Pressel at eight-under par 280, before winning in a playoff round Rounding out the top five were Brooke Henderson of Canada who shot seven-under 281, South Korea’s Kwak Min-seo (six-under 282) and Feng Shanshan of China (283, and sponsored by CTBC Bank).

Among the five Taiwanese golfers advancing in rank, Hsu Wei-ling (�}����), who was sponsored by CTBC Bank, shot a five-under par 293 to finish 45th overall.

CTBC has sought to expand the possibilities for Taiwanese golfers by providing support for the island’s golfers to enter competitions abroad. CTBC has sponsored six Taiwanese athletes to attend events in the United States, which has allowed local golfers Hsu Wei-ling and Hsieh Yu-ling (��޷��) to both advance in the rankings.