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Saso shares 6th spot with 3 others in Hawaii golf

Los Angeles—Yuka Saso of the Philippines fired a two-under 70 to finish in a tie for sixth with South Korean Jenny Shin (63), Taiwan’s Hsu Wei-Ling (66) and American Sarah Schmelzel (66) in the Lotte Championship at the Kapolei Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardApr 19th, 2021

Saso banks P2.6 million for joint 6th

Yuka Saso sealed her best achievement in the LPGA so far – a joint sixth-place finish – after firing a closing two-under 70 in the Lotte Championship Saturday at Kapolei Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Tears, cheers and shares rise as Matsuyama victory thrills Japan

Thrilled Japanese golf fans welcomed Hideki Matsuyama's historic Masters victory on Monday, with broadcasters close to tears and the prime minister hailing the win as a bright spot during the pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 12th, 2021

Saso seeks dream finish in JLPGA

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......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 25th, 2020

Saso moves to No. 48, seeks top finish in JLPGA major

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......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Yuka Saso gains, Bianca Pagdanganan slips in golf world rankings

Yuka Saso moved one rung up to No. 73 in the world rankings, while Bianca Pagdanganan slipped one spot to No. 152......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Saso regains world No.76 spot

Rookie Yuka Saso has moved back to No. 76 in the Rolex women’s golf rankings following her joint eighth place finish in the Descente Tokai Classic in Aichi, Japan over the weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

Saso regains world No. 76 spot

Rookie Yuka Saso moved back to No. 76 in the Rolex women’s golf rankings following her joint eighth place finish in the Descente Tokai Classic in Aichi, Japan over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Saso shares 29th, keeps top ranking

Yuka Saso kept her top LPGA of Japan Tour ranking despite a tied for 29th finish in the Golf5 Ladies pro golf tournament ruled by Sakura Koiwai yesterday, closing out with a 70 at the Mizunami course in Gifu Prefecture in Honshu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

Saso takes one stroke lead in Japan LPGA

Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso finished with a 69 to take the lead in the second round of the Japan LPGA Nitori Ladies golf tournament in Hokkaido. From two strokes off the lead in the opener, Saso recovered lost ground on Friday despite a slowdown that saw her hitting just three birdies following a five-under 67 in the first round.     Saso, who two weeks ago captured the NEC Kuruizawa title, admitted to having a hard time getting her game going on a late start at the Otaru Country Club as she listed an 8-under 136 with two more rounds to go. Japanese Hikaru Yoshimoto moved to second spot with a 68, just a stroke behind Saso. Opening day leader Oshiro Satsuki stumbled on her run, carding a disappointing 76 to slide down to joint 10th with 141 along with three others. Seira Oki took solo third, shooting a 69 for 138. A group of six went three strokes behind Saso led by Hinano Muguruma and Sae Ogura, who both had three-under cards. Also assembling 139s were local bets Sakura Koiwai, Mayu Hamada and Shina Kanazawa and Taiwanese Tsai Pei-Ying......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Saso two strokes off lead in JLPGA Nitori tourney

Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso had a dominating start only to fizzle out in the end as local bet Oshiro Satsuki finished on top of the Japan LPGA Nitori Ladies golf tournament opener in Hokkaido on Thursday. Satsuki carded a seven-under 65 at the Otaru Country Club, dislodging early leader Saso, who fell behind by two strokes at second spot after the first round. The Japanese had six birdies including a back-to-back to close out the round.   Saso, who two weeks ago captured the NEC Kuruizawa title, came off smoking as she took an early one stroke lead over Sakura Koiwai, who wrapped up the first day of the 72-hole tourney tied at third with three others, before Satsuki made her move to spoil the Filipinas' day. Koiwai together with Mayu Hamada, Rumi Yoshiba and Shina Kanazawa finished with 68.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2020

Arevalo takes last SEAG golf spot; Saso alternate

Abby Arevalo hopes to complement Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go’s games as the San Jose State University product completes the Philippine team vying in the 30th SEA Games women’s golf competitions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

Chile amateur goes from no big victories to Masters

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   HONOLULU (AP) — Toto Gana hit what he described as the 'best shot I've hit in my whole life,' a wedge to 3 feet for a birdie to win the Latin America Amateur Championship and earn a trip to the Masters in April. His best shot produced his biggest trophy. Asked what his greatest achievement in golf was before his victory in Panama, the 19-year-old from Chile said: 'I didn't have any achievements, to be honest. I had won a couple of tournaments at home when I was really, really young.' The Latin America Amateur completed its third year, a stroke-play tournament created by Augusta National, the USGA and the Royal & Ancient to spur growth in that part of the world. It follows the successful launch of the Asia Pacific Amateur. The Asia Pacific Amateur is producing a higher pedigree of champions — Hideki Matsuyama won twice, and the winner last year was Curtis Luck, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. The last two Latin America winners were surprises — Gana and 16-year-old Paul Chaplet of Costa Rica last year. The other winner was Matias Dominguez of Chile, who was a junior at Texas Tech. Gana said the only hard part about his victory was beating Joaquin Niemann of Chile, one of his best friends who won the Junior World in 2015 at Torrey Pines. 'I really never thought I could win this tournament because all the other players have won many other tournaments, very big tournaments,' Gana said in a conference call after his victory Sunday. 'What I did was keep a cool head. When I saw that I had a chance to win, I believed in myself that I could do. And I gave it my all.' Chile will have a player represented at Augusta National for the second time in three years. The only other Chilean player at the Masters was Enrique Orellana, who missed the cut in 1964. Gana has flair, and he showed how much passion he has for golf when explaining how he got started. 'When I was a little boy, 8 years old, my stepfather taught me to play golf on the practice range,' he said. 'When I shot a really nice shot, I never quit.' Gana will be enrolling at Lynn University in Florida. ___ BLOOMING START: Justin Rose played the Sony Open as part of the new 'strength of field' regulation on the PGA Tour that requires players who played fewer than 25 events last year to add a tournament they had not played in four years. Rose was so excited about this year that he might have started earlier if he would have been eligible. He failed to win a PGA Tour event for the first time since 2009. But in a year slowed by injury, Rose geared himself for golf's return to the Olympics and won the gold medal in Rio. That was worth an exemption into the four majors (Rose already is eligible for them), but the PGA Tour did not offer a spot in SBS Tournament of Champions. 'I didn't inquire,' Rose said about Kapalua. 'But in my mind, I was surprised that it didn't count in a way, just because, why wouldn't it? It's a one-off thing.' He thought maybe the tour would only give a spot to Kapalua if the gold medalist was already a PGA Tour member, much like it treated the HSBC Champions early on in its World Golf Championships history. Rose chuckled, however, when he realized his history in Hawaii. 'It's funny enough, I don't have the right to say I should have been at Kapalua,' he said. 'Because I've won six years in a row and I've only been once.' A birdie on the final hole at the Sony Open gave him second place alone, which was worth $648,000. ___ PLAYING TO HIS STRENGTH: Jason Dufner is the defending champion at the CareerBuilder Challenger, where he won last year for the first time since the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. What changed? Very little. He attributed the drought to a neck and shoulder injury that he suffered at the 2014 Masters. Dufner tried to play through it all year until he was forced to pull out of his title defense in the PGA Championship at Valhalla, which kept him off the Ryder Cup team. Playing with the injury led to bad habits with his swing, which led to bad shots, too many memories of bad shots and eventually shattered confidence. 'People don't realize, once you start playing, you have to redo everything,' Dufner said. 'You see it with a lot of guys coming back. It takes them 6, 8, 12 months. I spent 2015 trying to get back to where I was.' Where he wants to be is one of the top ball-strikers in the game. As for putting? He manages. Dufner has finished no higher than No. 143 in the key putting statistic over the last four years, and while he has to pay attention to his setup, it's not as though he's going to abandon what got him here (his swing) to pour everything into becoming Jordan Spieth. 'I've been putting bad for 17 years,' he said. 'It's tough to change. I can hit it good enough to make up for it. I'll wait for my weeks where I putt good and try to win.' ___ THE RACE TO MEXICO: Mackenzie Hughes won the RSM Classic, and his first thought was going to the Masters. Now that it's beginning to sink, the Canadian rookie has reason to consider other tournaments that were not on his schedule at the start of the season. First up is the World Golf Championship in Mexico. The top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings through the Honda Classic are eligible for the Mexico Championship, and there are only six tournaments between now and then. That's also true for Pat Perez, who tied for third at Kapalua and is No. 3 in the FedEx Cup. Rod Pampling is at No. 6. The other World Golf Championships event in March is based off the world ranking, so those three players have much more to do for them to get into the top 64. One player who might have secured his spot was Kevin Kisner, who shot 60 in the third round of the Sony Open and wound up in a tie for fourth. That took Kisner from No. 51 to No. 41, making it difficult to fall that far in two months. ___ DIVOTS: Justin Thomas moving to No. 8 in the world means that six of the top 10 players are under 30. ... The Golf Writers Association of America has voted former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for the William D. Richardson Award for outstanding contributions to golf. For the GWAA's award for press cooperation, it was a tie between Ben Crenshaw and Stewart Cink. They will be honored at the GWAA annual awards dinner on April 5 in Augusta. ... The three courses used for the CareerBuilder Challenge — PGA West Stadium Course, PGA West Nicklaus and La Quinta — ranked among the top 10 in easiest courses on the PGA Tour last year. ... The fourth Latin America Amateur Championship will be played at Prince of Wales Country Club next year in Santiago, Chile. ... The European Tour now has eight events in its Rolex Series with China-based HNA Group signing a five-year deal to be title sponsor of the French Open. That will raise the purse to $7 million in line with other Rolex Series events. ___ STAT OF THE WEEK: Justin Thomas hit 34 drives that went at least 330 yards during his two weeks in Hawaii — 20 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, 14 at Waialae Country Club. ___ FINAL WORD: 'If there's no defense, then you ought to be able to make birdies. If there's wind, you ought to be struggling.' — Kevin Kisner. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

Walker enjoys the views and his game, takes lead at Kapalua

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer br /> KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — With a chance to take the lead at Kapalua, Jimmy Walker missed in the one spot he was trying to avoid. The way he was hitting his wedges Thursday, it really didn't matter. Walker hit a tough pitch to a tight pin on the elevated green to 3 feet for birdie on the par-5 15th, and he nearly holed a lob wedge from 78 yards on the final hole for an 8-under 65 that gave him a two-shot lead in the SBS Tournament of Champions. He's still three days away from atoning for a playoff loss to Patrick Reed two years ago at Kapalua, though it was an ideal start for the PGA champion in ideal conditions on the west end of Maui, except for a short burst of pineapple showers. Jim Herman got in one last round with his former employer — President-elect Donald Trump — a few days before Christmas, then came out to the Plantation course where he once got in a round of golf in tennis shoes and rental clubs while on his honeymoon. Herman, a former assistant at Trump National, was 6 under through 13 holes when his round stalled. Even with four wedges in hand over the final five holes, he had to settle for pars and a 67. Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore also were at 67. In his first competition in three months, Jason Day had a pair of three-putts but still managed a 70. Defending champion Jordan Spieth wasn't so fortunate. He never got his putter going, turned a birdie into bogey on the 15th and had to birdie the final hole for a 72. Walker had the Tournament of Champions in hand two years ago until Reed holed out from a fairway to start an unlikely rally and won in a playoff. Walker won the following week on Oahu at the Sony Open for the second straight time. 'I love the scenery. I'm a very visual person, so I enjoy looking out and watching the whales when I'm walking around. Just a pretty place,' Walker said. 'Everybody's in a good mood. I love stepping off the plane and the air is just awesome. Something does it for me here.' Walker was curious about a short club in his bad when he came to Kapalua, though it wasn't any of his wedges or his putter. He was so determined to be more accurate off the tee that Walker cut 2 inches off his driver while at home at Texas during the offseason. He liked the way it felt and had Titleist make him one without the duct tape. Hitting fairways is not a big issue on the expansive Plantation Course, though it showed his willingness to go old school to fix a longtime problem. This driver is 42 inches, just an inch shorter that a typical driver a generation ago. 'I didn't bring anything else, so this is the club I've got with me,' he said. 'This is a tough golf course for that because it's such a big place and you want to just kill it, and I had to keep reminding myself today why I put it in and why did it to hit the fairway, hit the middle of the fairway.' He was in the middle of the fairway on the 15th with caddie Andy Sanders reminding him to hit it hard, that through the green was better that leaving it at the bottom of a deep swale to the right. But with the ball below his feet, and the wind coming out of the left, he wound up bailing out. 'That was probably my favorite wedge shot,' Walker said. Daniel Berger made bogey on the par-5 18th and was at 68, along with Jason Dufner. The group at 69 included Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama, who is going after his fourth consecutive victory worldwide. Herman qualified by winning the Shell Houston Open and brought back strong memories. He abandoned the mini-tours, took a job at Trump's course in Bedminster, New Jersey and got married. The honeymoon was a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands, and he had seen enough of Kapalua that when the ship stopped on Maui, Herman headed for the Plantation course. 'I see the pictures on our computer all the time,' he said. Herman never imagined returning as a PGA Tour winner, but what a journey. He became Trump's regular partner, Trump encouraged him and helped back one last bid to play professionally, he finally got to the big leagues and made it back to Kapalua. The round with Trump was just before Christmas. They were partners. They won. Not much changed. 'He's the same guy to me,' Herman said. 'But now I get to call him Mr. President.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Saso rises in women’s world rankings

On the strength of her first Top 10 finish in the LPGA, Fil-Japanese Yuka Saso vaulted six places to No. 40 in the latest women’s world golf rankings released last Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Saso slips to solo 3RD

After a hot 64-64 start, Yuka Saso slowed down with a one-under 71 Friday to find herself down by four against new leader Lydia Ko heading into the final round of the LPGA Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Yuka wrests solo lead

Yuka Saso sustained her sizzling form, shooting a second consecutive eight-under par 64 to seize the solo lead halfway through the LPGA Lotte Championship Thursday in Oahu, Hawaii......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

Yuka bombs away birdies

Yuka Saso delivered a red-hot opening-round performance in the LPGA Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii on Wednesday, firing eight birdies to grab a share of the lead with American Britanny Altomare......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

PH& rsquo;s Saso grabs share of LPGA lead in Hawaii

Los Angeles—Yuka Saso and Brittany Altomare shared the lead in the opening round of the LPGA Lotte Championship on Wednesday, finishing atop a tight leaderboard that also includes Canadian Brooke Henderson in search of her third straight title......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Yuka Saso ends up at joint 50th in Japan golf tourney

After barely making the cut with a pair of 72s the first two days, Saso fared even worse as she alternated six bogeys with four birdies for a 218 total and a share of No. 50 with Chie Arimura and Yuting Seki......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2021

Saso tests mettle in Japan s T-Point X Eneos golf tiff

Yuka Saso hopes to continue her recent gains in the world ranking as she seeks a strong finish in the ¥100,000,000 T-Point X Eneos golf tournament unfolding Friday in Kagoshima, Japan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2021