PHOTO CAPTION: Yuka Saso of the Philippines hugs Jin Young Ko of Korea after the final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup Sunday. The Fil-Japanese golf ace rallied from an early double bogey at the third hole to finish in a tie for 4th place, winning for her $136,664 (around P7 million)./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Agence France-Presse)
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MANILA, Philippines—Yuka Saso rallied from an early double bogey to close with a one-under 70 and salvage a share of fourth in the $3-million Cognizant Founders Cup Sunday in West Caldwell, New Jersey.
Saso fired three birdies in the back nine to save a final-round outing stymied by a horrendous six on the par-4 No. 3 and eventually catch Korean Jeongeun Lee6 at No. 4 overall at 10-under 274.
The 20-year-old Saso finished eight strokes off Korean Jin Young Ko, who completed a wire-to-wire triumph at 266.
Ko submitted a 66 to beat German Caroline Masson (270 after a fourth-round 64) by four. American Elizabeth Szokol (69) took solo third at 273, one ahead of Saso and Lee6 (67).
It was the fifth Top 5 finish in 11 tournaments for Saso in a stellar rookie season highlighted by her huge victory at the US Women’s Open.
The Fil-Japanese star earned $138,664 (around P7 million) for her four-day work at the par-71 Mountain Ridge Country Club.
Fellow Philippine bet Dottie Ardina placed 33rd at three-under 281, netting $17,756 (P900,000). She capped her campaign with a 69 built around five birdies, a bogey, and a double bogey.
Only four shots adrift to start the day, Saso virtually kissed her comeback bid goodbye when she dropped two shots on the third hole and made birdie-bogey cards on the eighth and ninth. Finishing strong, she gunned down three birdies in the last eight holes to secure a Top 4 finish. (Olmin Leyba/Philstar Sports)
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