Saso Delivers The KO Punch!
Create a cocktail blended with cool nerves, youthful spirit and a dash of good luck and what do you get? The perfect concoction to pull off a spectacular win at the 76th US Women’s Open!
The kid who whipped up this cocktail was none other than Asia’s new super-star, the 19-year old Yuka Saso, the Filipino-Japanese sensation who won the coveted major title in a sudden death play-off at the Olympic Golf Course in San Francisco.
And the phenom claimed the big win without even being a member of the LPGA Tour!
The youngster, who showed a lot of promise during the first two days of the tournament, lost the lead to the hard-driving American Lexi Thompson who lead for most of the final round only to crumble and crash in the finishing stages of the tournament.
Unlike Thompson, Saso kept her cool and fought back to finish tied for the lead with Japanese ace Nasa Hataoka on the final hole. Both the Asian youngsters started the play-off all square at 4-under par.
After the first two holes, the duo head to the sudden death stage of the play-off and all it took was for Hataoka to make one mistake that led to Saso delivering the killer blow to become the youngest player to win the major along with the South Korean legend, Inbee Park.
For the victory, Saso took home a check for US$1 million from a total purse of US$5 million.
A huge win for the Philippines and Japan and another feather in Asia’s winning cap!