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This 19-Year-Old Just Made History as the First Pinoy to Win a Major Golf Tournament

She's also one of the youngest players to win the trophy.
This 19-Year-Old Just Made History as the First Pinoy to Win a Major Golf Tournament
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She's also one of the youngest players to win the trophy.

Another Filipino recently made history in the international scene, and she goes by the name of Yuka Saso! The 19-year-old Filipina-Japanese golfer took home the coveted championship trophy at the 76th U.S. Women's Open last Sunday.

Her win makes Yuka the first Filipino in the the sport’s history to win a golf major. She’s also now one of the youngest athletes to have earned the U.S. Open trophy, tying with South Korean golfer Inbee Park, who took home the title during her run in 2008, similarly at 19 years old.

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Despite her shaky start during the tournament, reports say that Yuka made a spectacular comeback to edge out the rest of her competitors. "I was actually a little upset,” she admitted in an interview. “But my caddie talked to me and said, 'Just keep on going; there's many more holes to go.' That's what I did."

Yuka enjoyed the cheers of Filipino fans both on and off the course as Pinoys who couldn’t be there showed their support on social media. Of course, the young player expressed her gratitude to Pinoy fans right after her win.

She remarked, “I don't know what's happening in the Philippines right now, but I'm just thankful that there's so many people in the Philippines cheering for me. I don't know how to thank them. They gave me so much energy. I want to say thank you to everyone."

Yuka Saso
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Apart from Filipino fans, other athletes have also congratulated Yuka for her historical win. This includes basketball player Kai Sotto, and her role model, former number one golf star Rory McIlroy. Congratulations, Yuka!

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