Olympics: Saso climbs golf leaderboard, Pagdanganan slips after 2nd round

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Philippines' Bianca Pagdanganan prepares to tee off from the 11th tee in round 2 of the womens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 5, 2021. (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO / AFP) (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Bianca Pagdanganan prepares to tee off from the 11th tee in round 2 of the womens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 5, 2021. (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO / AFP) (Photo by YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bianca Pagdanganan fell outside the top ten of the leaderboards while Yuka Saso climbed up the rankings in the second round of the women's individual golf tournament on Thursday (August 5) at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

Pagdanganan slid from 7th place down to 27th in a 60-woman field after putting up two-under across 36 holes.

The LGPA campaigner delivered an almost balanced mix of birdies and bogeys as she produced an even-par 71 in the second round, where Nelly Korda of United States waxed hot from the field with a tournament-best nine-under 62 for a total of 129.  

Philippines' Yuka Saso watches her drive from the 5th tee in round 2 of the womens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 5, 2021. (Photo: YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Philippines' Yuka Saso watches her drive from the 5th tee in round 2 of the womens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 5, 2021. (Photo: YOSHI IWAMOTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Saso, on the other hand, rose from 47th up to 34th place after putting up 3-under 68 and reverting to even par.  

The 20-year-old wunderkind banked on a late spree in the back nine where she had three birdies in the last five holes to gain crucial ground.  

Saso, the reigning US Women's Open champion, and Pagdanganan will now aim for a steady ascent in the rankings in the third round on Friday, as a brewing storm could cut a round or a total of 18 holes from the tournament.  

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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