Yuka Saso: The 19-year-old main winner who modeled her recreation on Rory McIlroy’s after watching him on YouTube
The reply is sure. The 19-year-old Filipino will get to maintain the trophy for a 12 months earlier than it is changed by a duplicate after she received the US Ladies’s Open on Sunday, beating Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in a dramatic sudden dying playoff.
As she rolled in her 10-foot birdie putt to clinch the momentous victory on the playoff’s third gap, Saso grew to become the primary Filipino to win a significant in males’s and girls’s golf.
When she was a 13-year-old, Saso used to observe clips on YouTube of Rory McIlroy successful his first main on the US Open in 2011. It has confirmed to be time went nicely spent.
“Watching him made me really feel like: ‘Oh, he is a really cool man, he is bought a really good swing,'” she instructed Newpaper24 Sport’s Coy Wire. “So I stated to myself: ‘Why not attempt copy it?’ And that is the place it began.”
Saso says she modeled her swing on the four-time main winner and the similarities in method has been clear to see at The Olympic Membership over the previous few days.
She’s additionally being talked about by McIlroy on social media, one thing she describes as a “dream come true.”
On Saturday, McIlroy inspired Saso to “get that trophy” in a put up on Instagram. After her victory on Sunday, he posted a congratulatory message on Twitter.
Saso says she will be able to’t wait to satisfy the Northern Irishman if she will get the prospect.
“I hope to satisfy him in individual and say hello or get a signature or get an image or no matter,” she stated.
Dealing with situations
At 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, Saso’s victory equaled the age report set by South Korea’s Park Inbee to the day because the youngest champion on the oldest main of the ladies’s recreation.
Saso obtained vociferous help from followers by way of the week in San Francisco, because the close by Daly Metropolis is residence to a big Filipino inhabitants.
Hataoka began six pictures off the lead however three birdies in her final six holes arrange the playoff with Saso.
Nonetheless, three pars within the three holes meant Saso’s successful birdie handed the 19-year-old her first main title.
In addition to the strain of a playoff for a significant title, Saso did not really feel nice bodily.
“My abdomen damage a little bit coming into the previous few holes,” she defined. “I do not know why. I ate bananas after the second gap playoff gap and I felt higher.
“I used to be a little bit excited and a little bit pressured. I used to be extra apprehensive about my abdomen than anything.”
The daughter of Filipino mom and a Japanese father, Saso and her siblings traveled between the 2 international locations as they had been rising up.
“Once I turned 9, I instructed my dad and mom I needed to play golf. And I needed to transfer again to the Philippines with my dad. My dad goes forwards and backwards with my brothers and sisters. I feel that is the largest sacrifice they did. All I’ve now could be to thank them. I would not be right here with out them.”
Taking part in for an viewers
After turning skilled in November, 2019, Saso initially did not have the chance to play in entrance of followers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So, at The Olympic Membership in San Francisco, with the ability to showcase her talents to a watching crowd and with the ability to signal autographs for youths that had been in the same scenario to her just some years in the past was a “nice” expertise for her.
“There’s numerous youngsters like me and I skilled these issues like having signatures from Lexi (Thompson) and others,” Saso defined.
“There’s so many nice professionals that I bought signatures from so I might love to do what they’re doing. It feels nice.”
And having bought her palms on that well-known trophy, Saso cannot cease it.
“This trophy appears good. I will deliver it again residence with me.”