Saso seeks dream finish in JLPGA
Yuka Saso

Saso seeks dream finish in JLPGA

Dante Navarro (The Philippine Star) - November 25, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Despite falling short again the last time out, Yuka Saso is steadily moving up in the world rankings, making a seven-spot jump to No. 48 in the latest Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

And she hopes to use her latest surge to fuel a dream finish in the LPGA of Japan Tour, which winds up its pandemic-hit 14-tournament season in Miyazaki Prefecture for the JLPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup starting tomorrow at the Miyazaki Country Club.

As the year’s final major, the Y120 million championship offering a whopping Y30 million (roughly P14 million) to the winner features a select field of 37 players made up of the leading players in the current Player of the Year derby and the money list race, this year’s leg winners, those with world rankings and former POTY and money race winners.

Heading the elite cast is last year’s champion Bae Seon Woo of Korea and rising local star Ayaka Furue, 20, whose three victories, including last week’s Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open where she outplayed Saso in the final round, shoved her past the Fil-Japanese in the race for the coveted POTY (Mercedes Ranking) crown.

Saso said she didn’t play bad in last Sunday’s finale but her putts just wouldn’t sink. A three-putt miscue from 40 feet on the opening hole somewhat portended the coming off a struggling day for the ICTSI-backed shotmaker on Elleair Golf Club Matsuyama’s soft surface as she muffed a couple of birdie chances that derailed her backside charge.

“I had fun in all four days and I hope I can enjoy playing golf as usual,” said the 19-year-old rookie.

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