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Swinging Skirts set to kick off tomorrow sans injured Tseng

The China Post--World No. 1 golfer Yani Tseng of Taiwan will not be defending her championship title this year because of injury as the second edition of "Swinging Skirts" tournament, an annual golf event featuring some of the world's best female golfers, is scheduled to kick off tomorrow in New Taipei.

"I have not yet recovered from my injuries and thus I will not be playing in the event," Tseng said at a press conference in Taipei to unveil the upcoming event.

Sustaining elbow and shoulder injuries in the LPGA season-ending tournament in mid-November, Tseng said she is currently undergoing water treatment and undergoing rehab for her injuries.

Doctor said she would need another two to three months of rest and recommended that she not play in the event.

The 23-year-old Taiwanese, however, said she will participate in the charity event in other ways, including serving as a TV commentator.

Tseng shot a final round 4-under-par 68 for a three-round total of 210 (-6) to win the debut Swinging Skirts 2011.

The event, first launched last year as an invitational, has now become an official leg for both the Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association (TLPGA) and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour (KLPGT) earlier this year, meaning all participating players will be awarded with official world ranking points.

This year, the second annual Swinging Skirts will feature top LPGA golfers from around the globe, including South Korea's Choi Na-yeon, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Americans Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr, among others.

Annika Sorenstam, widely regarded as one of the greatest female golfers of all time, will also be playing at a charity skins game on Dec. 6.

A 54-hole event will be played by 95 players over three rounds on Dec. 7 to 9.

The tournament, which has a total purse of US$1 million, will be held at a golf course in Linkou, New Taipei City.

Being a charity event, all proceeds and earnings from ticket sales and 50 percent of skins game prize money will be donated to five local charitable organizations, according to event organizer.

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