Yuka Saso improves Olympic ranking

Published November 15, 2020, 6:15 PM

by Waylon Galvez

Yuka Saso in the Olympics.

Why not?

The reigning Asian Games champion in the women’s singles event recently moved up the Olympic rankings as she now occupies No. 26 following solid performances in the Japan LPGA Tour.

Saso, who has won twice in the Japan tour after she bagged the NEC Karuizawa and Nitori Ladies titles, moved four rungs higher from his previous spot which solidified her bid to earn a spot in the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Lady golfers from around the world are fighting for the 60 Olympic berths to be played from July 23 to August 8, 2021 at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, Japan.

Aside from Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan is also in contention as she is in No. 40 in Olympic rankings.

Saso and Pagdanganan, who won a bronze medal in the Asian Games in 2016, powered the Philippine women’s golf team to a gold medal finish in the same continental meet four years ago.

Pagdanganan, also the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, is currently competing as a rookie in the LPGA in the USA.

Based on rules in Olympic qualifications, the world’s Top 15 at the end of the qualifying stages, which is June 28, 2021, will be qualified for the Summer Games with a limit of four players per country.

Aside from the Top 15, players will be eligible based on their world rankings, maximum of two qualified players from each country, which does not have two or more in the Top 15.