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Yuka Saso: The 19-year-old major winner who modeled her game 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 yr earlier than it is changed by a duplicate after she received the US Women’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 turned the primary Filipino to win a major 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 major on the US Open in 2011. It has confirmed to be time went effectively spent.

“Watching him made me really feel like: ‘Oh, he is a really cool man, he is bought a really good swing,'” she informed CNN Sport’s Coy Wire. “So I mentioned to myself: ‘Why not attempt copy it?’ And that is the place it began.”

McIlroy plays his shot from the 14th tee during the continuation of the first round of The Memorial Tournament.

Saso says she modeled her swing on the four-time major winner and the similarities in method has been clear to see at The Olympic Club 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 submit on Instagram. After her victory on Sunday, he posted a congratulatory message on Twitter.

“Everyone’s going to be watching Yuka Saso swing movies on YouTube now. Congratulations!” he wrote.

Saso says she will’t wait to fulfill the Northern Irishman if she will get the possibility.

“I hope to fulfill him in individual and say hello or get a signature or get an image or no matter,” she mentioned.

Saso celebrates with the Harton S. Semple trophy after winning the 76th U.S. Women's Open.

Coping with situations

At 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, Saso’s victory equaled the age document set by South Korea’s Park Inbee to the day because the youngest champion on the oldest major of the ladies’s game.

Saso acquired vociferous assist from followers via the week in San Francisco, because the close by Daly City is house to a big Filipino inhabitants.

She needed to survive a late cost by Hataoka, who was in search of to grow to be the most recent Japanese major winner after Hideki Matsuyama triumphed on the Masters earlier this yr.

Hataoka began six photographs off the lead however three birdies in her final six holes arrange the playoff with Saso.

However, three pars within the three holes meant Saso’s successful birdie handed the 19-year-old her first major title.

As effectively because the stress of a playoff for a major title, Saso did not really feel nice bodily.

“My abdomen damage slightly 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 slightly excited and slightly pressured. I used to be extra nervous about my abdomen than anything.”

The daughter of Filipino mom and a Japanese father, Saso and her siblings traveled between the 2 nations as they had been rising up.

“When I turned 9, I informed my mother and father I wished to play golf. And I needed to transfer again to the Philippines with my dad. My dad goes backwards and forwards with my brothers and sisters. I feel that is the most important sacrifice they did. All I’ve now’s to thank them. I would not be right here with out them.”

Saso is doused with water after winning the 76th U.S. Women's Open.

Playing 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 Club 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 an identical state of affairs to her just some years in the past was a “nice” expertise for her.

“There’s a whole lot of children like me and I skilled these issues like having signatures from Lexi (Thompson) and others,” Saso defined.

Saso putts wide on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the 76th U.S. Women's Open.

“There’s so many nice professionals that I bought signatures from so I’d love to do what they’re doing. It feels nice.”

And having bought her arms on that well-known trophy, Saso cannot cease it.

“This trophy appears good. I’ll convey it again house with me.”

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