Bianca Pagdanganan wins US Women’s Open after Yuka Sasso, Dotty Ardina crash

Southern Pines, North Carolina - June 03: Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines plays her second shot in the first hole during the second round of the 2022 US Women's Open at Southern Pines, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 03, 2022.  (Photo by David Cannon / Getty Images) (Photo by David Cannon / David Cannon Collection / Getty Images via AFP)

Bianca Pagdanganan of the Philippines plays her second shot in the first hole during the second round of the 2022 USOmen’s Open at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club on June 03, 2022 in the Southern Pines of North Carolina. (Photo by David Cannon / Getty Images)

Filipino golf star Bianca Pagdanganan has equaled the US Women’s Open presented by Promedica and that is enough to secure Saturday’s T-time.

The former NCAA champion submitted a one-under par 70 at the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in the Southern Hills of North Carolina on Friday morning. Combined with an opening 74, it leaves Pagdanganan at +3, two away from the projected cut line at +1. But at the end of the day it was enough to cut the numbers.

Pagdanganan mounted his charge with three birdies in the first five holes to get +1 After 10 birdies, he went down to the level of the tournament.

But the fourteenth crashed with a double bogie and a bogie at number 17.

The Olympians needed a bunch of players before him to keep the balance of Friday’s game and that is exactly what happened. As the situation worsened in the afternoon the cut line moved to +3 and he booked his ticket on the weekend.

Defending champion Yuka Sasso’s reign is over. The Filipino-Japanese submitted a round of 74 for a +9 set to miss six cuts. As he did Thursday, Sasso dug four, five, seven, eight and nine holes. Sasso can blame a bulky driver because he hit 14 of 28 fairways with 36 holes.

Filipino Dot Ardina had a great day with a three-birdie hull and 70, but thanks to her 77 starting, she finished +5 and packed her bags.

Also finishing their tournament are Phil-New Zealand’s Julian Alvarez (+13), and Phil-Am Mariel Galdiano (+6).

However, American Alison Corpus, a Filipino girl, safely reached +1 after 74.

The leaders are Mina Harige of the United States and Minji Lee of Australia, who are in the 9th.

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