Golfer Yuka Saso falters in 3-way playoff at YOG

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BUENOS AIRES — Golfer Yuka Saso blew her chance to secure a medal after miscalculating a crucial putt in a three-way playoff Thursday at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here.

The 17-year-old Filipino-Japanese saw her six-footer for par miss the cup, ending the hunt for a possible bronze medal for the Philippines in women’s individual golf.

Saso figured into a playoff with Alessia Nobilio of Italy and Emma Spitz of Austria after finish the final round tied at 214.

Kim Grace of Australia fired a one-over 71 and assembled 211 to secure the gold medal amid the chilly weather and overcast skies at the Hurlingham Club.

“Malamig po talaga, pati lips ko dry na,” said Saso, the Asian Games gold medalist who topped the final round with a one-under 69.

Nobilio, the leader for two consecutive days, birdied hole No. 1 during the playoff to secure the silver medal.

Left to gun for the bronze, Saso bogeyed after missing at six feet while Spitz went on to join Grace and Nobilio on the medal podium following a par on the same hole.

On the men’s side, Carl Jano Corpus also failed to win a medal after winding up tied for 16th with South Korea’s Sangha Park.

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