Saso drops out of the Top 10 after 10 months

MANILA, Philippines — Yuka Saso certainly won’t mind his world ranking dropping a notch and dropping out of the Top 10 for the first time in 10 months heading to the first major of the season at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage. in California starting Thursday (Friday Manila time).

Saso remains focused on the task ahead which involves so much preparation and hard work.

In fact, she opted to skip the Chevron Championship tune-up event in Carlsbad last week, so eager to give herself a good shot at a second LPGA gem after winning the US Women’s Open in record way last year. .

Meanwhile, Saso has slipped to No. 11 behind four players who also dropped from the latest world rankings, including Danielle Kang, Sei Young Kim, Nasa Hataoka and Brooke Henderson.

Lydia Ko and Minjee Lee remained at No. 3 and 4 respectively, while Inbee Park also remained at No. 6 with an impending reshuffle after the $5 million Chevron Championship.

From No. 40 on May 31, 2021, Saso crashed into the Top 9 the following week and has remained in the Top 10 ever since, posting a career-best No. 5 for three consecutive weeks in October.

Saso scored four Top 5s after the major feat to cap off his remarkable 2021 campaign and opened the new season with sixth and third place finishes in Florida before ending his streak of 20 consecutive Finals appearances with a missed stint in the LPGA Drive On Championship last month.

She struggled trying to bounce back from that botched bid and limped to 43rd at the Women’s World Championship in Singapore where she was expected to fight and rallied to finish 12th in the Honda LPGA Thailand where she has closed his stint with a solid spiked eagle. 10-under 62 years old.

Many expected her to benefit from her return to form, but the ICTSI-backed ace opted to skip the JTBC Classic as the Tour returned to the United States, stepping up her training instead and honing at the same time the mental side of his game needed. in such fierce competition.

World number one Jin Young Ko is the headliner of the stellar cast of 102 players who will however miss number one Nelly Korda, who is still recovering from a blood clot diagnosis in her arm.

But the rest of the top-ranked players are in the fold, including Thai sensation Atthaya Thitikul, who rose from No. 5 to No. 14 after his decisive LPGA victory in the JTBC Classic.

Saso is also booked to compete in the next three events, the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii, the Dio Implant LA Open in California and the Palos Verdes Championship, also in California and will take another break from the Cognizant Founders Cup in New Jersey to prepare for his defense of the US Women’s Open crown June 2-5 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in North Carolina.