Bianca, Yuka out of contention


TOkyo—bianca Pagdangana­n carded an even-par 71 on another scorching summer day that saw American Nelly Korda taking over the reins after the second round of the women’s golf competitio­n at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.

Pagdangana­n started at twounder but dropped from joint fifth at the start of the day to a tie for 27th as the top contenders got their rhythm going at the Kasumigase­ki Country Club.

From three down, the 23-yearold Pagdangana­n fell 11 shots behind new leader Korda, who assembled a tournament-best nineunder 62 for a four-shot lead on a 36-hole total of 129. She had a 67 in the first round.

Yuka Saso, on the other hand, made three birdies in her final five holes to score a three-under 68 and get back to even-par 142.

Saso and Pagdangana­n need a major rally in the final two rounds to have any hope of bringing home a medal from their Olympic debut.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark (64), Aditi Ashok of India (66), and Emily Pedersen of Denmark (63) tied for second place at nine-under while overnight leader Madelene Swagstrom of Sweden was alone at 8-under after a 68.

Pagdangana­n and Saso’s hopes for a comeback are under threat from an approachin­g typhoon that could force organizers to cut the tournament to 54 holes.

An abbreviate­d tournament will all but dash the hopes of the two Filipinos in the 60-man field, who will need the two rounds to storm back into contention. A decision is expected to be made on Saturday.

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