FILIPINO-JAPANESE Yuka Saso is tied for 15th place heading into the final round of the Trust Women’s Scottish Open. — NATIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES FB PAGE

FILIPINO-JAPANESE golfer Yuka Saso slipped further at the Trust Women’s Scottish Open, ending tied for 15th place after the third round early on Sunday morning (Manila time).

Twenty-year-old Ms. Saso, the reigning US Women’s Open champion, carded a 2-over 74 on the third day of the tournament at the Dumbarnie Links in Fife, Scotland.

Ms. Saso, who opened with a solid 5-under 67 in the opening round for joint second, now has a total of 3-under 213 heading into the final round.

It was a struggle in the third round for the Philippine Olympian, which saw her committing four bogeys and only two birdies.

Entering the third round, Ms. Saso was at joint fifth place.

She now looks to gain ground and get back to contention on the final day of competition where she is set to tee off with A Lim Kim and Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea.

The trio Charley Hull of England, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Ryan O’Toole of the United States lead the pack with identical cards of 9-under 207. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo