Yuka Saso: The 19-year-old major winner who modeled her game on Rory McIlroy’s after watching him on YouTube

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The reply is sure. The 19-year-old Filipino will get to maintain the trophy for a 12 months earlier than it is changed by a duplicate after she received the US Ladies’s Open on Sunday, beating Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in a dramatic sudden demise 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 significant in males’s and girls’s golf.

When she was a 13-year-old, Saso used to look at clips on YouTube of Rory McIlroy profitable his first main 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 obtained a really good swing,'” she advised CNN Sport’s Coy Wire. “So I stated to myself: ‘Why not strive 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 main winner and the similarities in approach has been clear to see at The Olympic Membership over the previous couple of 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.

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

Saso says she will’t wait to satisfy the Northern Irishman if she will get the prospect.

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

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

Dealing with circumstances

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 main of the ladies’s recreation.

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

She needed to survive a late cost by Hataoka, who was looking for to grow to be the most recent Japanese main winner after Hideki Matsuyama triumphed on the Masters earlier this 12 months.

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

Nevertheless, three pars within the three holes meant Saso’s profitable birdie handed the 19-year-old her first main title.

In addition to the strain of a playoff for a significant title, Saso did not really feel nice bodily.

“My abdomen harm somewhat coming into the previous couple of 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 somewhat excited and somewhat pressured. I used to be extra frightened about my abdomen than the rest.”

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

“After I turned 9, I advised my mother and father I needed to play golf. And I needed to transfer again to the Philippines with my dad. My dad goes forwards and backwards with my brothers and sisters. I believe 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.

Taking part in 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 Membership in San Francisco, having the ability to showcase her skills to a watching crowd and having the ability to signal autographs for youths that have been in an identical scenario to her just some years in the past was a “nice” expertise for her.

“There’s lots of youngsters 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 obtained signatures from so I might love to do what they’re doing. It feels nice.”

And having obtained her arms on that well-known trophy, Saso cannot cease taking a look at it.

“This trophy appears good. I will carry it again house with me.”

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