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Saso still figuring out the course

Yes, I’m happy but it’s just the first day and I still have a long way to go.




After shooting eight birdies at the Kapolei Golf Club Wednesday, Yuka Saso said she’s still familiarizing herself with the course.

“I think I played okay, but I don’t think I figured out the course yet,” said the 19-year-old Filipino-Japanese who took a share of the lead with American Britanny Altomare at the start of the LOTTE Championship in Oahu, Hawaii.

But with the way Saso was hitting the fairways and the greens, and dropping birdies from as far as 20 feet, she probably doesn’t need familiarity to get low.

Starting on the back nine, Saso birdied 10 from long range. She ended her first nine with back-to-back birdies. Another long birdie putt hit the bottom of the cup on 4, before she finished the round with four straight birdies.

“Nothing special, really,” said Saso as she tried to downplay her opening round,
Barring a disaster of major proportions, Saso looks on her way to making the cut for the third straight time after joint 13th at the US Women’s Open in Houston and 50th at the ANA Inspiration in California.

Despite her flawless performance, Saso remains guarded in her expectations.

“Yes, I’m happy but it’s just the first day and I still have a long way to go,” Saso said. “It’s always the same for me and I have to trust the process.”

Saso said the wind did affect some of her shots but, “I’m already happy with how I played that I won’t complain about missing other birdie chances.”