By Mark Allan Cervantes
(August 5, 2021) – The opening day of the women’s golf event in the Tokyo Olympics saw the Philippines’ Yuka Saso and Bianca Pagdanganan on opposite ends of the leaderboard, but after round two on Thursday, both are now in the middle of the pack.
It was a much better outing for Saso on day 2, as she ended the round with 3-under par 68, improving her overall score to an even-par 142, placing her at 34th place midway into the tournament.
It took a bit of time for Saso to warm up as she started the round with four straight pars, including a single bogey on the 5th hole. She, however, upped her score on the front nine with birdies on the 6th and 8th holes.
The reigning US Women’s Open champion, who finished 47th on Wednesday, continued to gain ground on the back nine, recording three more birdies on the 14th, 16th, and 18th holes against only one bogey in hole 11.
Bianca Pagdanganan, meanwhile, failed to sustain her momentum from an impressive opening performance, as she slipped to 27th place, carding an even-par 71 at the end of round two and an overall score of 2-under-par 140.
The 23-year-old, who was tied for 7th place when the day began, ended the front nine still at 1-under-par after recording three birdies, but began to struggle on the back nine, recording bogeys on holes 13 and 18, while only delivering a solitary birdie on hole 11.
Opening day leaders Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden and Nelly Korda of the United States switched places after today’s action, as Korda grabbed the top spot from Sagstrom with a 13-under-par 129.
Both Saso and Pagdanganan are still in contention for a medal and they have two more days to improve their campaign at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. (PM)