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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso captured the Philippines' second gold medal after ruling the women's golf tournament in the 2018 Asian Games at the Pondok Indah Golf and Country Club on Sunday, August 26.
The 17-year-old Saso closed out with flourish – firing an eagle on the 18th – to tally a 66 in the fourth round for a 13-under 275 total.
“Sabi ko, positive thinking lang, I really want an eagle on the last one, tapos nasa isip ko, kung maka-eagle ako, may chance ako manalo,” said Saso.
(I just said that it's a matter of positive thinking. I really wanted an eagle on the last one, I knew that if I hit an eagle I have a chance to win.)
THAT’S AN EAGLE FOR YUKA SASO #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/qAdpL0LesH — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 26, 2018
Saso was trailing China’s Liu Wenbo by 3 coming into the last hole. The Chinese hit a drive towards the wall that landed for a penalty and followed with a shot into the water, resulting to a four-over-par in the 18th.
The Chinese then settled for silver with a 10-under 278 total.
Philippine bet Bianca Pagdanganan, whose 66 gave her 9-under 279 total, also secured a bronze after a sudden-death over Japan’s Ayaka Furue.
Saso will be headed to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries in November as the country's top-ranked golfer. – Rappler.com
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