Pagdanganan slips; Saso climbs to 34th with a 68

YUKA SASO of the Philippines in action. — REUTERS

BIANCA Pagdanganan slipped on the leaderboard while Yuka Saso advanced as Philippines golf’s campaign in the women’s individual stroke play in the Tokyo Games continued in the second round at the Kasimugaseki Golf Club on Thursday.

At joint seventh place after the opening round the previous day where she scored a two-under par 69, Ms. Pagdanganan, 23, could not sustain the track and finished with an even-par 71 in the second round.

She now has a two-round total of 2-under par 140, tied for 27th heading into the third round on Saturday.

Reigning United States Women’s Open champion Saso, meanwhile, gained some ground after struggling in the opening round on Wednesday.

Twenty-year-old Ms. Saso fired a 3-under par 68 in the second round to take her total to an even-par 142 for joint 34th place, climbing 13 rungs.

The Filipino-Japanese scored 3-over par 74 in the opening round.

At the end of the second round, Nelly Korda of the US was the new leader with a total two-round score of 13-under 129, followed by Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen, India’s Aditi Ashok, and Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, with identical 9-under 133. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo