Saso wraps up Japan LPGA Championship at joint 13th

Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso struggled in the fourth and final round of the Japan LPGA Championship in Okinawa and finished tied for 13th place on Sunday, September 13.

After a bogey-less third round put her just two shots behind the leader, Saso fired 5 bogeys in the fourth round as she carded a four-over par 76 to end the tournament with a five-under par 283.

Saso headed into the final round at joint 4th place but back-to-back bogeys in the sixth and seventh holes saw her slide in the standings.

The Asian Games champion sank her first birdie of the day in the 12th hole only to settle for more bogeys in 2 of the last 3 holes of the course.

Saso, the winner of the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament and the Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament, still raked in around P1.2 million (Y2,640,000) to raise her earnings to around P28.4 million (Y62,088,000).

Meanwhile, Saki Nagamine picked up her first win in the Japan LPGA Tour with a 12-under par 276 to come away with Y36,000,000.

Up next in the Japan LPGA Tour is the Descente Ladies Tokai Classic to be held in Mihama from September 18 to 20. –

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.