'Yeah, I was nervous,' said Saso
, who shot six-under-par in just 14 holes.
Thai Wannasaen Chanattee and Sofia Chabon matched Saso
's 70 to seize solo third at 144 and fourth at 145, respectively, but the deficit could be too big to overcome given the form and confidence of the most fancied player in the fold who took a step closer to retaining the crown she won by two of Mikha Fortuna at the Orchard last year.
Paul Lakatos/RandA "Winning in the US is really special," said Saso
after closing out with a 67 and beating Jensen Castle of South Carolina by three with a 14-under 266 total at the Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford.
'I'm definitely happy,' added Saso
, who is coming off a win in the Girls Junior PGA Championship in Connecticut last week.
Priming herself up for another two-gold romp in the coming SEA Games which the country will be hosting late this year, Saso
started well with a birdie on the second hole.
's blistering start also failed to rattle her young Thai flightmate, who hit three birdies to negate a double bogey mishap on No.
After a brief break, the 18-year-old Saso
returned in the afternoon and took two of the first five holes against No.
'Winning in the United States is really special,' Saso
said in a statement released by the PGA of America.
, a 2018 Asian Games double gold medalist, is the country's top lady golfer.
Emphasis will be on shotmaking and putting with Saso
tipped to lead the assault on the well-kept layout making its return as host of the country's premier championship which drew a cast of 94 players, including 31 from Taiwan, six each from Singapore and the US, four from Korea, three each from Australia and Thailand and two from Japan.
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