Filipina-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso opened her stint in the AIG Women’s Open with a four-under, putting her in joint fourth place after the first round on Thursday at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland.
Saso utilized her trademark power to dominate the course’s par-5 holes, including an eagle on hole no. 12, which highlighted her 35-33 first round performance. She also had birdies on the two other par-5s to be in joint fourth alongside Georgia Hall, Andrea Lee and Louise Duncan. Saso is only a stroke behind the world’s top player and Olympic gold medal winner Nelly Korda, who is tied with Kim Sei Young, and Madelene Sagstorm.
“Despite my early bogey, it was really a good round because I chipped in for eagle and made a long birdie putt,” said Saso, who is looking to nab another major title after winning the US Women's Open earlier this year.
Saso had a rocky start as she bogeyed hole no.2 but she bounced right back and had birdies on no. 5 and 6 before sinking the spectacular eagle.
“I started with a bogey but I got lucky out there, chipping for eagle. I played really good. I really enjoyed it, said Saso. “I tried to hit it low and it went well.” (JNP)