Filipino Olympians: 5 facts to know about golfer Yuka Saso

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Yuka Saso during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in San Francisco, Friday, June 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Filipino golfer Yuka Saso is set to represent the Philippines in the Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
  • Yuka Saso is among the premier golfers in the world as she placed eighth in the women's world rankings, making her the top golfer of the Philippines and paving the way for her inclusion in the Tokyo Olympics.

Yuka Saso, of the Philippines, celebrates her victory after the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club, Sunday, June 6, 2021, in San Francisco. Saso defeated Nasa Hataoka, of Japan, in a three-hole playoff. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
Filipino golfer Yuka Saso. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
  • Her name is etched in the annals of golf history, after winning the US Open, one of women's golf's five majors, in June. She also tied South Korean golfer Inbee Park as the Open's youngest winner at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days old.

Yuka Saso, of the Philippines, lines up her putt on the 18th green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Houston, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Filipino golfer Yuka Saso. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • At the age of 20, she is the youngest representative of the Philippines in the Summer Games.

Yuka Saso, of the Philippines, during the third round for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Filipino golfer Yuka Saso. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
  • The last time she represented the Philippines in an international tournament was in 2018 when she struck gold twice at the Asian Games.

U.S. Women's Open golf winner Yuka Saso, of the Philippines, poses with her champions trophy with Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, during a practice round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Filipino golfer Yuka Saso. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
  • She turned professional in 2019, and has garnered three wins: the 2020 NEC Karuizawa 72, followed by the Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament, before making history at the US Open.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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