Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso finished off the second round with one-under 71 to join a big group of 12th in the 2021 ANA Inspiration golf tournament at the Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage in California on Saturday (Manila time).

/ 4 April 2021

Saso kicked off her season debut in the US tour firing a three-under-par 69 on the first round. 

Starting the day in the eighth spot, the 19-year old golfer had a difficult second round carding nines of 35-36 for a two-day total of 140.

Despite keeping the hope alive in the star-studded tournament, fellow Filipina on the field Bianca Pagdanganan missed the cut with a 75 in the opener and a 73 in the following round.

Saso was recently hailed as the 2020 Athlete of the Year by the Phillippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).

Her amateur career was highlighted by a double gold medal in women’s individual and women’s team events in the golf competitions in the 2018 Asian Games.

After turning pro in 2020, she clinched two straight titles in the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and a strong 13th place finish in the US Open in her maiden LPGA major championship.

The Filipina golf sensation will be aiming to rebound in the last two rounds of the competition which is scheduled on April 3 and 4.