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.
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.
At the age of 20, she is the youngest representative of the Philippines in the Summer Games.
The last time she represented the Philippines in an international tournament was in 2018 when she struck gold twice at the Asian Games.
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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