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Heads We Win, Tails We Win
Regardless of the outcome, couples that compete against each other can always come out on top
  Jim Gorant // 11.4.2019

Sunday should have been a happy occasion for Jason McDede and Caroline Masson. The engaged couple were both set to hit Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City for the final round of the Thailand Swinging Skirts LPGA. More exciting still, Masson was in second place and had a chance to notch her second career win.

One problem: McDede caddies for Nelly Korda, who was three shots ahead of Masson. The future spouses would be going head to head against each other. Awkward, but not altogether bad.

Couples that compete as a team often build a strong bond, but they can also find themselves at odds when making decisions and trying to work together under game-time stress. Couples who face off against each other can still get the benefit of sharing competitive vibes without the threat of blaming each other if the results don’t go their way—as long as the battle ends when the final horn sounds.

Korda and McDede won the Swinging Skirts on the first playoff hole, while Masson tied for second. “It was a little funny,” Masson said. “I’m quite happy to see them win. I’m proud of them. Hopefully, I get another chance to beat them down the stretch the next few years.”

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