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    Back-to-back eagles propel Bianca Pagdanganan to joint eighth

    Aug 8, 2020

    LPGA rookie Bianca Pagdanganan continued her solid run, firing a 67 in the second round of the Marathon Classic on Friday in Ohio.

    The 22-year-old Pagdanganan, who scored an opening two-under 69, enters the third round at 136, seven strokes off leader Lydia Ko, who added a 65 to her opening 64.

    Making her mark by with her big drives the LPGA restart at Inverness, Pagdanganan is displaying a well-balanced game at Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. Teeing off on the back nine, she highlighted her round with 10-foot eagle putts on Nos. 17 and 18.

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    Pagdanganan thus stamped her mark anew in the LPGA in her second start, becoming the second player this season to hit back-to-back eagles, and 23rd known occurrence in the top professional ladies’ tour.

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    “That's so cool. That's also the first time it's ever happened to me, back to back eagle. I was like, Oh, that's pretty rare,” Pagdanganan said in an LPGA.com report.

    “Of course, I just like had to keep my cool throughout the round. Couldn't just let that take over. I was able to calm myself down and just hold on to that.”

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    Pagdanganan is very pleased to be able to play steady in her first appearances in the LPGA.

    “I'm not going to lie. I was a bit nervous coming back into like the competitive mode,” she said.

    “For the most part, that's what I love about golf. But not having that for a couple months, I was pretty nervous.”

    Pagdanganan is tied with major winner Lexi Thompson, who added a 66 top her opening 70, Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Sophia Popov of Germany.

    Dottie Ardina shot a second-round 70 to get to even par and a share of 58th, but Clariss Guce missed the cut after adding a 73 to her opening 71.


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