Yuka Saso fired an eagle-aided four-under-par 68 but could only finish tied at 12th place in the Cognizant Founders Cup in Clifton, New Jersey Sunday (Monday in Manila).

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The reigning US Women’s Open champion blasted eagle 3s on the second and 12th holes, then followed it up with a birdie on the par-4 13th before stumbling into back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th.

But the Fil-Japanese held her composure to close out her campaign with a birdie for a four-round total of 279 following earlier rounds of 73, 68 and 70.

She finished 10 strokes behind eventual champion Minjee Lee.

Lee carded a 70 but managed to keep her lead en route to winning the title and the $450,000 (around P23.6 million) cash purse.

Saso, for her feat, pocketed $46,366 (around P2.4 million).

Bianca Pagdanganan, meanwhile, finished at joint 22nd after a last-round 70 for a 281 aggregate after earlier rounds of 66, 73 and 72.

She brought home $27,587 (around P1.4 million).

Dottie Ardina, for her part, struggled with a 74 for 288 at joint 64th, taking home a $6,805 (around P350,000) consolation prize.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/05/16/saso-finishes-12th-at-cognizant-founders-cup/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=saso-finishes-12th-at-cognizant-founders-cup)