Yuka Saso eyes better finish in Arkansas tourney

Published September 23, 2022, 8:39 AM

by Kristel Satumbaga-Villar

Yuka Saso returns to action after a weeklong respite when she competes in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G starting Friday, Sept. 23 (Saturday in Manila) in Rogers, Arkansas.

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The 21-year-old Fil-Japanese seeks for a better finish this time after failing to make it to the Top 10 in all her tournaments since February.

Her last Top 10 finish was in late January where she bagged third place in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio in Florida.

Saso, who now represents Japan, last competed in the Kroger Queen City Championship Presented by P&G where she tied for 33rd place.

The Tokyo Olympian tees off with Moriya Jutanugarn and Xiyu Lin at 8:22 a.m. (Arkansas time).

The 54-hole tournament, with a yardage of 6,438, offers $2.3 million in total prize purse.

Defending two-time champion Nasa Hataoka banners the field that also include world No. 2 Nelly Korda and former champions Sung Hyun Park (2019), So Yeon Ryu (2017), Lydia Ko (2016), Na Yeon Choi (2015) and Stacy Lewis (2014), to name a few.