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Yuka struggles, shoots 1-over 73

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YUKA Saso PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF JLPGA

Rookie Yuka Saso made only one birdie Saturday and limped home with a one-over par 73 that dashed her title hopes at the 51st Descente Ladies Tokai Classic in Aichi, Japan.

The 19-year-old Filipino-Japanese, who started the day just three strokes off the pace, bogeyed the first hole and dropped another shot on 6. Her only birdie came on the par-5 12.

On three-under 141, Saso is tied for 26th place with Momo Yoshikawa (74), Mami Fukuda (74), Minami Katsu (70), Solar Lee (71), Momoko Osato (68) and Ayako Kimura (71).

Hiroko Azuma and Ayaka Furue share the lead on 11-under.

Azuma, 28, had a bogey-free round of seven birdies while Furue, 20, was also flawless with five birdies.

In solo third on nine-under 135 was Ji-Hee Lee who shot a 65.

Pei-Ying Tsai turned in a 71 for fourth spot on 136 while Ai Suzuki and Saiki Fujita posted identical 71s for joint fifth on 137.

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