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Yuka Saso plunges in ANA Inspiration standings

Delfin Dioquino
Yuka Saso plunges in ANA Inspiration standings

STRUGGLE. A couple of double bogeys and a double bogey haunt Yuka Saso in the third round of the ANA Inspiration.

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Finishing the first two rounds at joint 12th place, Yuka Saso drops to 53rd place going into the final round of the first major of the US LPGA Tour

Yuka Saso suffered a monumental plunge in the standings going into the final round of the ANA Inspiration tournament, the first major of the US LPGA Tour, on Saturday, April 3 (Sunday, April 4, Manila time).

Finishing the first two rounds at joint 12th place, Saso carded a 5-over par 77 in the third round as she dropped to a tie for 53rd place no thanks to a couple of bogeys and a double bogey.

The Filipino-Japanese started the day with a bogey and struggled mightily in the back nine, shooting a double bogey in the 14th hole and bogeys in the 15th and 17th holes.

It was a frustrating day for the 19-year-old, who after running in contention earlier in the tourney with a 69 and 71 in the first two rounds, respectively, tallied a 1-over par 217 overall.

Meanwhile, Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand widened her lead in the scoreboard with a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Tavatanakit proved stellar throughout the third round with 7 birdies as she heads into the final round with a 14-under par 202.

Behind Tavatanakit are American Ally Ewing and South Korean Mirim Lee, who both trail by 5 shots, and Chinese Shanshan Feng, who is 6 shots off the leader. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.