Golf champ at 19: Who is Yuka Saso?


Yuka Saso, a two-time champ, proudly poses with her latest trophy. —PHOTO FROM JAPAN LPGA WEBSITE

MANILA, Philippines — Social media users went abuzz after Filipino-Japanese Yuka Saso just became the first Filipino to win the US Women’s Open.

But who is she?

Despite a lot of Filipinos getting to know her only after the victory, Saso is not an entirely new name in the Philippine golf scene: Born to a Filipino mother and a Japanese father, she would get acquainted with golf at a young age as she relocated to Japan after staying in Bulacan in her early years.

From there, Saso started competing in amateur contests, the highlight of which was her representing the country in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, where she got two gold medals.

READ: Asian Games: Saso, PH women’s golf team deliver 2 golds, 1 bronze

She then turned pro…

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