Putting woes leaves Bianca way behind

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    BIANCA Pagdanganan continued to be afflicted by the putting bug yesterday, (Saturday in the US), struggling with a 76 and stood alone in 70th place after three rounds of the CME Group Tour Championship at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

    Pagdanganan, who shot a 79 in the second round, had a horrific start with a triple bogey on the par five No. 1 then had successive bogeys over the next two holes, capping her shaky front nine stint with a birdie on No. 9 at the par-72, 6,556-yard layout designed by Australian golf legend Greg Norman.

    She had her second birdie on No. 13 but stumbled with her third bogey on No. 15 on the way to finishing with a three-round tally of 220, 17 shots behind South Korean defending champion Sei Young Kim, who continued to sizzle and shot her second 67 in three days.

    Kim nursed a one-shot lead over compatriot and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko, who fired a 69.

    Just two shots behind was Englishwoman Georgia Hall, the 2018 British Women’s Open champion, who checked in with a 68 in the $3 million event offering a top pot of $1.1 million (roughly $52.8).

    Pagdanganan, who anchored the national squad to the women’s team and individual gold medals in last year’s Southeast Asian Games, hit 10 of 14 fairways and reached just 13 of 18 greens in regulation despite the relatively warm weather conditions.