YUKA Saso and the rest of the US Women’s Open golf championship field will have to wait an extra day after the fourth and final round of the tournament at the Cypress Creek course of the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas was rained out yesterday (Sunday in the US).
Organizers announced the postponement after the par-71, 6,635-yard course was drenched by “.73 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.”
“We want to ensure course conditions are worthy of crowning a major champion,” John Bodenhamer, Championships senior managing director of the US Golfing Association, said in a statement.
The rescheduling of the final round will the first non-playoff at the US Women’s Open since the 2011 edition of the event staged at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Saso, who fired a woeful 77 in the third round, was in an eight-way logjam in 32nd place at 217, eight shots behind Japanese pacesetter Hinako Shibuno (209), who held a one shot lead over American Amy Olsen (210).
The Filipino-Japanese golfer will be in the second flight on the front nine at 7:56 a.m. (9:56 p.m. Monday in Manila) together with Stacy Lewis of the US and Japan’s Eri Okayama.
Lurking not too far behind in a tie for third place at 212 were Thai Moriya Jatanugarn, younger sister of 2018 Women’s Open champion Ariya Jatanugarn, and South Korean Ji Yeong Kim2.