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Saso finishes joint eighth




Yuka Saso ends up in the top ten. DAILY TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO

Yuka Saso rallied with a five-under par 67 on Sunday to finish in a tie for eighth place in the 51st Descente Ladies Tokai Classic in Aichi, Japan.

The 19-year-old Filipino-Japanese rookie, who won the long-driving contest Saturday, made six birdies against a lone bogey to finish the tournament on five-under 208, tying Mone Ami (70), Sumika Nakasone (70) and Ai Suzuki (71).

Saso opened with a birdie and added two more on 4 and 5 before stumbling with her lone bogey on 6. Then she birdied 9, 13 and 15 before cruising with pars the rest of the way.

She earned 1,876,000 yen (P869,869) for her fourth Top 10 finish in the tour.

Ayake Furue defeated Hiroko Azuma via playoff to win the tournament.

Both players finished the tournament on 15-under 201 after shooting identical 68s in the final round.

Pei-Ying Tsai settled for third place on 11-under after a 69 while three players — Shoko Sasaki (67), Naruha Miyata (68) and Miki Sakai (69) — tied for fifth on 10-under.