Pagdanganan finishes tied for 9th, banks P4M

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    BIANCA Pagdanganan crashed back to earth yesterday (Saturday in the US) with a three-over par 70 and settled for a four-way tie for ninth at the end of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Arominink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pennsylvania.

    Four shots behind entering the and final round, Pagdangan, who was in the same flight as South Korean three-time Women’s PGA titlist Inbee Park, clustered bogeys on the 13th to 15th holes before scoring a birdie on the 18th  en route to a 72-hole tally of 280.

    It was still the best performance in the circuit for the US LPGA tour rookie, who pocketed $83,675 (roughly P4.048 million) and finished 14 shots behind sizzling South Korean Sei Young Kim, who tamed the long and challenging par 72, 6,726-yard course with a closing score of 63.

    A five-year tour veteran, Kim, 27, wound up with a 266 total to capture her first women’s major while securing the championship purse of $645,000 (P26.3 million).