Yuka Saso, kauna-unahang Pinoy at pinakabatang golfer na maging kampeon sa 76th US Women’s Open

Yuka Saso, kauna-unahang Pinoy at pinakabatang golfer na maging kampeon sa 76th US Women’s Open

- Yuka Saso became the first Filipino to win in the recently-concluded 76th US Women’s Open golf tournament championship

- At 19 years old, Saso was also the youngest golfer to earn the distinction in the history of said tournament

- The tournament happened on Sunday, June 6, Pacific Daylight Time at the Olympic Club in San Francisco

- She won against Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in the tournament’s sudden-death playoff

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Filipino golfer Yuka Saso carved her name in golfing history when she became the first Pinoy and the youngest golfer to win in the US Women’s Open Golf tournament.

Yuka Saso, kauna-unahang Pinoy at pinakabatang golfer na maging kampeon sa 76th US Women’s Open
Yuka Saso of the Philippines celebrates with the Harton S. Semple Trophy after winning the 76th U.S. Women's Open Championship at The Olympic Club on in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw)
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The 19-year-old won a decisive victory in the third hole of the sudden death playoff against Nasa Hataoka of Japan.

The 76th US Women’s Open golf championship was held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, on Sunday, June 6, Pacific Daylight Time, or Monday, June 7 in the Philippines.

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In the midst of tears, Saso thanked all those who made it possible for her to compete and win the prestigious tournament.

“I'd like to thank my family, I wouldn't be here without them,” Saso said.

She also thanked her sponsors, friends and fans in the Philippines who monitored her progress all throughout the game.

“To all my sponsors and to all my friends and fans back in the Philippines and Japan, I'm so thankful,” she added.

While the young Pinay golfer had a rough start, she managed a strong comeback to defeat her strongest rival, Hataoka.

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The US Women’s Open is the oldest of the five major championships of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The other championship games include the Women's PGA Championship, The Evian Championship, ANA Inspiration, and Women's British Open. The US Women’s Open was established in 1946, roughly 75 years ago, and is the only event to be acknowledged by the LPGA since it was founded in 1950.

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Golf has produced some of the biggest names in sports history. One of them is the legendary Tiger Woods, who was involved in a car accident in the woods in Los Angeles several months ago. The golf master's car rolled over in an area dubbed as “notorious” for fatal car accidents. Woods was quickly rushed to the hospital and was removed from the wreckage by paramedics and firefighters. He has since recovered, though had to walk in crutches while undergoing rehabilitation.

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