Bianca Pagdanganan enters 2020 LPGA championship final round in solo 5th

Filipina pro golfer Bianca Pagdanganan nabbed a solo 5th finish heading into the 4th round of the 2020 KPMG Women's PGA championship on Saturday, October 10 at the Aronimink Golf Club in Philadelphia.

An LPGA rookie, Pagdanganan raced to the top 5 spot after completing back-to-back bogey-free rounds and repeating her second-round 65 in the third round of her first major tournament.

With a 54-hole aggregate of 3-under 207, the Filipina is 4 strokes off current tournament leader and nine-time LPGA tour winner Korean Sei Young Kim, who is also seeking her first major title.

"I honestly wasn't thinking about that until I hit my last putt on the last hole. Looking at my scorecard, I don't think I've done this ever," said Pagdanganan, who blitzed to a 77 right in the opening round of the tournament.

"This is probably the first time I played two back-to-back rounds bogey-free, but it's definitely an achievement especially on this course. It's really tough."

"Before the tournament, I told myself pars are going to be great on this course and bogeys are going to be alright as long as I can bounce back," she added.

In the third round, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games double gold medalist birdied holes No. 2, 4, 9, 13 and 16 to get behind former LPGA world No. 1 and 2013 titlist Inbee Park of Korea.

Ahead of the 22-year-old power player are former champions Brooke Henderson of Canada (2016) and Anna Nordqvist of Sweden (2009).

This is Pagdanganan's 6th career LPGA event and potentially the highest finish so far sincer her joint 28th-place finish in the Drive On Championship in Ohio last July.

The 2018 Asian Games gold medalist will battle it out for the title on Sunday, October 11. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.