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Pagdanganan now full-fledged LPGA member

04:03 AM November 04, 2019

Bianca Pagdanganan struggled in the final round, but her closing six-over-par 78 was still good enough for a slot in next year’s LPGA Tour after winding up 38th through eight grueling rounds of the Q-Series at Pinehurst No. 9 in North Carolina on Saturday.

Starting the day with a lot of cushion being in 18th spot and the tournament giving away slots to the top 45 and ties, Pagdanganan crumbled under pressure and needed a par on the last hole for 576 overall. The cut was at 577.

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She will spearhead the country in the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this month even as Dottie Ardina finished 10 rungs below and failed to make it after a 74 for 579.

Clarise Guce also skied to a 77 and wound up tied for 56th. Ardina and Guce settled for Symetra Tour spots.

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China’s Muni He capped her run of under-par rounds throughout the Q-Series with a 71 and took low medalist honors with a 551, three strokes ahead of Korean Hee Young Park, who pooled a 554 after a 70 with American Yealimi Noh snatching third place with a 557 after a 69.

A bogey-free, eagle-spiked 64 in the pivotal sixth round put Pagdanganan, the Asian Games bronze medalist, in the mix and a scrambling 72 virtually assured her of an LPGA card Friday.

It was, however, a sorry finish for Ardina, who bogeyed two of the first six holes, recovered the strokes with birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 but dropped out of the cutoff line with another double-bogey on No. 11 and a bogey on No. 13.

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