Congratulations to Yuka Saso
Posted on: 9 June
Congratulations to Yuka Saso who has become the third Australian Master of the Amateurs graduate to have won a major championship. Yuka follows in the footsteps of Jason Day (2006) and Bryson Dechambeau (2015) to have played in the AMOTA and then to have gone onto major championship success.
Yuka played in the second ever Women’s AMOTA in January 2019 finishing in a tie for 11th with a four round total of 305; 15 shots behind the winner Stephanie Kyriacou. At the end of 2019, after gaining her card to play on the Japan LPGA, Yuka turned professional. Two victories in her rookie year enabled her to top the 2020 money list.
Playing in her second US Open Saso started the final days play one shot behind the leader Lexi Thompson. A two over par 73 was good enough to get her into a playoff against Nasa Hataoka and she prevailed on the third extra hole.
At 19 years 11 months and 17 days of age Saso is the equal youngest ever winner of a major championship, a record she shares with 7 time major champion Inbee Park.
With a swing that has an uncanny resemblance to Rory McIIroy Yuka looks set to be a major force in women’s golf for many years to come.