Never give up with Saso

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - AL S. MEN­DOZA al­sol47@ya­

For some­one sign­ing for six bo­geys and is still in con­tention for hon­ors, that's quite a feat.

That's how it was for Yuka Saso in the first round of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) girl golf com­pe­ti­tions on Wed­nes­day (Oct. 10 PH time) in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina.

Strong winds some­what tried to de­rail Saso's game but her spir­its didn't sink.

She fought off the six bo­geys with five birdies for a one-over-par 71, a per­for­mance that drew ap­plause from a club­house crowd that knows a class act from medi­ocre.

To fin­ish strong when seem­ingly down, it proves once more that Saso is of sterner stuff.

It quickly re­called her re­cent bril­liance when she bagged the gold medal af­ter a stu­pen­dous rally that saw her ea­gle the last hole in the Jakarta Asian Games.

Down by four strokes at the start of the Asiad's last round—and by two with two holes to go—she smashed a 4-iron from 206 yards into the fringe, then holed it from 18 feet for a two-shot vic­tory over her stunned Chi­nese ri­val.

Saso's last-day hero­ics capped by that im­prob­a­ble last-hole ea­gle also earned for us a rare twin-gold sweep in the Asiad women's golf.

She seems bent on repli­cat­ing her Jakarta feat in Buenos Aires, judg­ing by the way she's been per­form­ing thus far?

With her 71, Saso was just two shots be­hind go­ing to the sec­ond round off Ale­sia No­bilio of Italy.

But her golden chances some­what dimmed when she took a 74 in Thurs­day's Round 2. Down five shots with one round left.

Her putting go­ing awry, Saso suc­cumbed to four straight bo­geys for a three-over at the turn. Two more bo­geys on Nos. 11 and 15 negated a birdie on No. 12 for a one-over com­ing home.

Like Saso, Carl Jano Cor­pus, our bet in boys golf, was just two shots be­hind af­ter Round 1. But he fal­tered the next day with a 76 to fall 10 shots be­hind Karl Vilips of Aus­tralia.

Cor­pus could be out of it but in Saso's case, you'll never know.

Re­mem­ber, Saso was four shots be­hind with one round left in Jakarta be­fore she went on to win the Asiad gold by two shots.

In golf, a five-shot deficit could van­ish in a blur.

If you be­lieve in mir­a­cles, then be­lieve in Saso.

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