This week at the LPGA Classic Marathon, Yuka Saso is in Ohio for the first time. She said she liked Toledo. “It’s quiet,” she said, but not on the pitch, where fans flocked from the stands around Highland Meadows. Saso said she got a feel for the course last week and enjoyed the “tricky” challenges over the past three days. Now, in only her second event since her victory in San Francisco, Saso took a 64 in the third round and shot the ranking to fifth place with -11.
“I was on the driving range and Judd came and greeted me and said this was one of the oldest tournaments in the LPGA,” said Saso. “That day I just found out, so I was really happy and grateful that I could come here and play. You know, the golf course is really in good shape and the people here are so nice. They are like cheers. There are also a lot of people. “
Saso recorded seven birdies and an eagle in 9th place as well as two bogeys on the way to her best career round on the LPGA Tour, most recently twice in the first and second round of the LOTTE championship in April. She played alongside Inbee Park, with whom she was paired for the opening rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. After Saso signed her scorecard on Saturday, she asked Park to sign her glove and said she had already learned a lot by watching the seven-time major champion.
“She is as calm as the whole round. They don’t know, but once we’re done their score will be like 5 under, 6 under, ”Saso said. “So those kind of things, being calm and trying to do your best until the end, I think that’s what I’m trying to learn from her. You know, playing with her for three days, two of them at KPMG, one day today, that was a really good experience for me. “
Saso also played in Toledo on Thursday and Friday with hometown favorite Stacy Lewis. Lewis raved about the 20-year-old, who also gave the rookie a signed souvenir.
“My goodness, what a talent, just fun energy, just a really likeable child,” she actually said to me after the round and I signed her glove for her. I said is this for you and she bowed her head and said yes. So I have her name on it and everything, ”said Lewis. “It’s just fun to see the young talents like that. I’m 16 years older than her, but when that comes we will be in a great position. “