FILIPINO-JAPANESE Yuka Saso faded going home yesterday en route to a two-under par 70 and a tie for 29th spot with 10 others at the end of the Golf 5 Ladies Pro golf tournament at the Golf 5 Mizumi Country course in Gifu, Japan.
Trailing Sakura Koiwai by nine shots entering the final round, Saso had a strong start at the back with a three-under par 33, spiked by three birdies, but lost steam going home to submit a one-over 34, blighted by three bogeys against two birdies.
The 2018 Asian Games double gold medalists had a 54-hole total of 212 over the par-72, 6,571-yard layout located 389.6 kilometers southwest of the Japanese capital of Tokyo, netting a total of 408,000 yen (roughly P186,000).
Koiwai, who finished second to Saso in the Nitori Ladies tournament in Hokkaido the other week, finished strong with her third straight under-par round, a 66, to rule the event with a three-round tally of 199 for her maiden win on the Japanese LPGA tour.
She bagged the top prize of 10,000 yen (P4.9 million) in winning by six shots over compatriots Ayaka Furue (205-66) and Ayaka Watanabe (205-66), who split the runner-up purse of 470,000 yen (P2.1 million) apiece.
The circuit shifts to the Japan Women’s Open, also known as the Konica Minolta Cup, starting this Thursday at the par-72, ,6,40-yard JFE Seto Inland Sea Golf Club in the seaport city of Okayama, home of the fabled Okayama Castle and colorful Koraku-en Gardens.
The 72-hole tournament offers a total prize of 200 million yen (P91.4 million).