YUKA Saso shot her best round yesterday, closing out with a 69 to wind up tied for 12th with seven others at the end of the Meiji Yasuda Seimei Ladies Yokohama Tire golf tournament at the Tosha Country Club in Kona, Japan.
After scoring 73 and 72 in the first two rounds, Saso banked on four birdies against a single bogey in submitting her first sub-par score at the par-72 6,228-yard course located 259 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.
With a three-round tally of 214, she finished four shots behind overnight leader Inami Mone, who avoided a third-round meltdown and beat Kana Nagai in a playoff after both tied at 210 after 54 holes.
Leading by three entering the final day, Mone, who slumped to a 76, pocketed the top purse of 14.4 million yen (roughly P6.4 million) while Nagai (73) settled for the runner-up prize of (3.1 million). Saso took home a hefty sum of 1,080,000 yen (P444,829).
The top money winner on the Japanese ladies tour in 2020 with total earnings of 93.1 million yen (roughly P47.1 million), Saso seemed to have rediscovered her putting touch with birdies on third and seventh holes for a two-under 34 on the front nine.
Back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th had her at four-under until she succumbed to her one and only bogey on the 14th while parring the rest on the way to her best round. – Bong Pedralvez