Mendoza: There’s money in golf

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Yuka Saso swung a finish with a flourish yesterday, closing out with a blazing 5-under-par 67 in the KPMG PGA Women’s Championship at The Highlands in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

That huge windup saw Saso jump from 42nd to 21st overall among 70 survivors in the year’s third major, proving again that she’s not one to just totally fold up amid adversity.

Her previous rounds of 73-70-75 were basically bugged by bad putting, with her third round pulled down by a double bogey on the par-3 17th. Before that were ego-bruising bogeys on 3, 6 and 13. She had but two birdies on 7 and 14.

But all that got flushed down memory lane with that 67, a scintillating close-out that recalled the glow of Saso’s blistering US Open win via a dramatic 18-foot curler of a birdie in the third playoff hole on June 7.

Saso stashed away $48,142 for her gallant rebound yesterday in the event won by Nelly Korda, whose final-round, eagle-spiked 68 gave her a three-shot victory over fellow American Liz Salas (71) at 19-under.

With her second win in-a-row and career seventh triumph, Korda became the first American to become world No. 1 since Stacy Lewis in 2014 while running away with the top prize of $675,000 for a total career winnings of $5 million.

Not yet 23 and Korda’s a millionaire already.

As I keep saying, there’s money in golf so that let me coax you again to lure your 10-and-below kids to the driving range for quick golf lessons.

Look, Saso finished 21st. But convert her dollar kitty of $48,142 into pesos and, voila, that’s roughly P2.5 million. Add that to her $1-million purse in capturing the US Open and she’s got nearly P55 million in only a month’s work. She just turned 20 on June 20. Cool.

And how about Dottie Ardina, Saso’s compatriot at KPMG, who finished 12th with her 75 windup after doing 70-70-68 earlier to be just 6 shots behind with a round left?

Never mind that she totaled 5-under-par 14 shots behind Korda.

Who would sneeze at Ardina’s purse of $75,343? That’s roughly 3.8 million pesos, fellas. At age 27, Ardina’s a millionaire.

So, c’mon, invite your kids to play golf. Ted Failon had just done that, successfully attracting his grandsons aged 9 and 10 to play the game with him.

“I’m glad I did,” Ted said. “They are showing promise.”

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