The goal was to stay calm under the circumstances. So she was putting an ice pack on her head, hydrating with a bottle of sports drink, and even fanning herself to feel comfortable in the sun-drenched field all day.
In doing so, Bianca Pagdanganan was able to maintain her composure in the terrible heat that sent even the fittest caddies into a medical emergency, and she earned her wish for a respectable debut at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday with a pair of two-under. . 69 putting her right in the mix.
The 23-year-old birdied three of her first five holes and recovered quickly when she needed them urgently, including a near-ace on the 16th hole to survive a brutal weather test on the east course of Kasumigaseki Country Club and be within just three strokes away. leader Madelene Sagstrom from Sweden.
Big Gun Jam
Pagdanganan was joined by defending champion Inbee Park of Korea and seven others in a jam in seventh place as he carried the clubs for Team Philippines after main bet Yuka Saso fought with a 74 marred by two bogeys in her last three holes.
“I think my round today was pretty good. I put myself in a good position even if I feel like I missed a couple of shots out there, ”said Pagdanganan, who highlighted his round with a 9-iron tee shot that nearly found the hole 155 yards away for a tap-birdie. in. on the 16th hole.
Saso, the reigning US Open Women’s Champion, was near the bottom of the 60-man field even as Sagstrom held off No. 1 Nelly Korda and India’s Aditi Ashok with a flawless 66. Matilda Castren of Finland, Jin Young-ko of Korea and Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot 68s.
Bad weather is coming
With the forecast of bad weather this weekend that officials say increases the possibility of the event being reduced to 54 holes, Pagdanganan’s big start puts her on her way to a podium, and Thursday’s second round is considered crucial.
With storms in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, officials will wait until after the completion of Round 2 before making a decision.
Pagdanganan went through some anxious moments after completing the usual press interview when he learned that his coach and caddy Carito Villaroman had to request hydration in the medical tent after a long day in which temperatures rose to 43 degrees. Caddies claimed
Earlier, American star Lexi Thompson’s caddy suddenly fell ill and had to be replaced at the 15th hole.
“I thought something bad had happened to the coach when I couldn’t find him after my interviews with the press. I’m glad it wasn’t as bad as I thought, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Saso’s first day with her replacement caddy, national coach Miko Alejandro, saw her shoot a 74, a score that could have been much better if it weren’t for several putting errors. Alejandro was put into the bag after Saso’s original caddy, Lionel Matichuk, was hospitalized Monday night due to heatstroke.
“I had some misunderstandings[on the greens]Hopefully I can come back and play better, ”said Saso, who finished the day tied for 47th place. Saso was still in the middle of the group after he narrowly missed an eagle putt at par 5 14 to be in one more of the day. However, the green bogeys lost on the 16th and 17th led her to qualifying and now she needs to fire a good round of recovery to get back into the fray. INQ
Bianca Pagdanganan shot a 2-under-par 69 to stay within three strokes of the lead at the start of the Tokyo Olympics women’s individual golf competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Wednesday. Follow Inquirer Sports coverage of # Tokyo2020 inq.news/Tokyo2020 https://News Block/432310/after-briefly-leading-pagdanganan-stays-in-top-10-yuka-struggles
published by Sports Inquirer on Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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