Ordered: Chinese golfers Shanshan Feng and Yu Liu, by unnamed authorities in their homeland, to withdraw from this week’s LPGA tournament in Taiwan, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources. An LPGA official confirmed the withdrawals, Reuters reported, without explanation. The Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship begins Thursday at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club in Taoyuan, Taiwan. The LPGA made no mention of the withdrawals on its website. Communist China regards the self-ruled island of Taiwan as a rogue province. Feng, who is No. 9 in the Rolex Rankings, and Liu, an LPGA rookie, were not listed in the first-round pairings (tee times).
Clinched: By Jin Young Ko, the LPGA’s rookie of the year honor, the tour announced. With four events remaining, Ko, 23, of South Korea, has accumulated enough points to secure the Louise Suggs Award. Ko posted 11 top-10 results this season, including a victory in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in her debut as an LPGA member. Ko won 10 times on the Korean LPGA, which she played through 2017.