BOOSTED by her third-place finish in the LPGA Drive On Championship-Reynolds Lake Oconee tournament in Greenboro, Georgia over the weekend, Bianca Pagdangan sustained her meteoric rise in the Rolex World Women’s Golf rankings released yesterday.
From No. 234 in the previous week, Pagdanganan rose another 82 notches to No. 151 in the world ratings.
She began making inroads into the Rolex ratings after finishing in a four-way deadlock for ninth in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Arominink Golf Club in Newton Square, Pennsylvania two weeks ago.
Pagdanganan’s top 10 finish in the one of the tour’s majors also enabled her to clinch a slot to the $5.5 million US Women’s Open Championship on Dec. 10 to 13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
“Overall, I’m really happy with how I played and I love where my game is going,” Pagdanganan said after her third place finish in Georgia behind runner-up Danielle Kang and eventual winner Ally McDonald.
Her most recent finish is likely to boost her present No. 47 ranking in the International Golf Federation Olympic qualifying rankings, just 17 places lower than Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso at No. 30.
Former golf prodigy Dottie Ardina, who used to be at No. 54 and currently playing on the US LPGA tour like Pagdanganan, has dropped out of the top 60.
Sixty slots will be at stake in the men’s and women’s divisions of the Tokyo Games. The top 15 players in both categories at the end of the Olympic cut-off in June 2021 will earn tickets.
Countries will be limited to a maximum of four players in the top 15 while the remaining slots will be good for two players apiece in each division.