Yuka Saso wraps up LPGA major at joint 50th place

Delfin Dioquino

BETTER ROUND. Yuka Saso bounces back in the final round of the ANA Inspiration.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso ends her campaign in the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the LPGA Tour season, with an even 288

Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso finished at joint 50th place in the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the LPGA Tour season, in Rancho Mirage, California on Sunday, April 4 (Monday, April 5, Manila time).

The 19-year-old wrapped up the tournament with a par 288 as she carded a a 1-under par 71 in the fourth and final round, landing at 50th place tied with 6 other competitors.

Saso fired a double bogey in the 11th hole before she closed her campaign strong with birdies in the 12th and 18th holes.

It was a significantly better round for Saso, who crashed out of contention after tallying a 5-over par 77 in the third round.

Saso, a two-time champion in the LPGA of Japan Tour, occupied the 12th place after recording a 69 and 71 in the first two rounds but dropped to joint 53rd place due to her dismal third-round outing.

Meanwhile, Thailand ace Patty Tavatanakit clinched her first major title with an 18-under par 270 after a 4-under par 68 in the fourth round.

Although steady throughout the tournament, Tavatanakit still needed to survive a scare from a charging Lydia Ko, who had a stellar 10-under par 62 in the fourth round built on an eagle and 8 birdies.

Ko of New Zealand settled for a runner-up finish with a 16-under par 272.

Sei Young Kim of South Korea, Kelly Norda of the United States, Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark, and Shanshan Feng of China all finished tied at the No. 3 spot with an 11-under par 277. –

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.