Saso finishes tied for 12th in Kochi

Saso finishes tied for 12th in Kochi

MANILA, Philippines — Fil-Japanese Yuka Saso saved her best for last by carding a three-under 69 Sunday for a share of 12th place in the Meiji Yasuda Life Seimei Yokohama Tire golf tournament in Kochi, Japan.

Saso, who will be honored as the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Athlete of the Year this month, had four birdies against a lone bogey in the final round.

The 19-year-old had a 73 and 72 in the previous rounds but pressed her bid in the final 18 holes to finish with a 214 total (two-under) in a tie with seven others

Saso, who had a remarkable and lucrative stint in the Japan LPGA last year, pocketed ¥1,080,000 or P480,203. She finished four strokes off the winner, Iname Mone (68-66-76).

The reigning Asian Games champion had trouble off the tee, missing the fairway in six of 14 holes. But she did better approaching the greens where she recorded 28 putts.