Bianca Pagdanganan upstaged reigning US Girls’s Open champion Yuka Saso by handing over a two-under-par 70 initially of the LPGA Drive On Championship in Fort Myers, Florida Thursday.
The SEA Video games champion closed out her frontside stint with back-to-back birdies to maintain herself within the combine on the day Japanese Nasa Hataoka and American Marina Alex shared the highlight by carding a pair of 65s.
That gave them a one-shot lead over Thai Patty Tavatanakit, Linnea Johannson of Sweden and Irish Leona Maguire as they braved wind that whipped up early on the Crown Colony Golf and Nation Membership course and pulled a number of the finest gamers down the leaderboard.
Saso, who’s now carrying the Japanese flag, was certainly one of them.
One of many favorites within the 54-hole occasion after ending sixth and third within the Match of Champions at Lake Nona and Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, respectively, virtually shot herself within the foot with a 77 – a spherical marred by a horrendous “8” on the par-4 No. 16.
Saso, who collected greater than P10 million in incomes within the first two legs of the LPGA Tour, wants an extra-ordinary spherical to make the minimize.
She had an terrible bottom begin and dropped three photographs after six holes, and worse, she made a wayward drive on the 16th and struggled to get out of the thick bushes. She missed the inexperienced on her fifth shot and bungled a triple bogey putt from shut vary that noticed her tumble to a share of 115th.