RISING STAR Yuka Saso of the Philippines hits her fairway shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup at Mountain Ridge Country Club on Monday in West Caldwell, New Jersey. AFP FILE PHOTO
RISING STAR Yuka Saso of the Philippines hits her fairway shot on the 14th hole during the final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup at Mountain Ridge Country Club on Monday in West Caldwell, New Jersey. AFP FILE PHOTO


YUKA Saso of the Philippines rose to a career-best No.5 in the latest Women's World Golf Rankings released on Tuesday, October 12 (Philippine time).

The 20-year-old Saso, who was 7th in the world last week, moved two notches up following her fourth place finish at the Cognizant Founders Cup on Monday.

In 39 events played, Saso, the reigning US Women's Open champ, earned a total of 222.37 points with an average of 5.70.

Meanwhile, there were no changes in position among the top four players with American Nelly Korda retaining her No.1 spot. South Koreans Ko Jin Young, Park In Bee and Kim Sei Young occupy the second to fourth places, respectively.

Korda, the reigning Olympic champion, has so far played a total of 48 events with 450.71 points and 9.39 on average.

Ko, who just pulled off a wire-to-wire victory at the Cognizant Founders Cup, showed up in 51 events, garnering 464.11 points with an average of 9.10.

Park played one more event than Ko to acquire 353.51 points and an average of 6.80. On the other hand, Kim appeared in 56 events, collecting 354.46 points and averaging 6.33.

The two other Filipino golfers in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour — Bianca Pagdanganan and Dottie Ardina — are currently at 163rd and 254th places in the world rankings, respectively.

Pagdanganan has so far played in 25 events with a total score of 28.10 points and an average of 0.80 to stay at No. 163.

Ardina, though, climbed 16 notches higher with 54 events played, 25.97 total points and 0.48 average.