Yuka Saso Makes History At US Women's Open

Yuka Saso Makes History At US Women's Open

Yuka Saso US Women's Open
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Yuka Saso made history at the US Women's Open on Sunday, becoming the first ever player from the Philippines to win a Major championship.

Yuka Saso Makes History At US Women's Open

Not only did the 19-year-old become the first player from the Philippines to win a Major championship, but she would also equal Inbee Park's record as the youngest US Women's Open Champion.

For a while it had seemed that Lexi Thompson would cruise to victory, holding a five-shot lead with only the back nine left to play.

However, the American would falter, allowing both Saso and Japan's Nasa Hataoka to finish just one shot ahead of her.

Yuka Saso US Women's Open

Thompson produced a back nine of 41 to miss out by one shot. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In the playoff, Saso would birdie the third playoff hole to secure the biggest win of her career at The Olympic Club.

The Filipino had started the day just one shot behind Thompson, with the advantage soon doubled as the American birdied the first hole.

With Thompson cruising over the front nine, Saso would struggle, with the Filipino making back-to-back double bogies at the 2nd and 3rd.

As the American's nearest rivals struggled, Thompson was soon five-shots clear, an almost unassailable lead going into the back nine.

Having first played in the US Women's Open when she was just 12-years-old, the fans favourite was still on course to claim her first Major title in seven years.

Despite a double bogey at the 11th, the fans still remained boisterous, knowing that it would take some quality golf to knock the favourite off her perch.

But things soon took an almighty turn, with both Saso and Hataoka playing the last six holes in two and three-under-par.

Yuka Saso US Women's Open

Hataoka produced three birdies in her last six holes to get in the playoff. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

With a few holes to go, was Thompson's Major past going to catch up with her again? She had come close on several occasions since her last triumph, surely lightning wasn't going to strike twice?

Despite a bogey at the 14th, she would navigate the next two holes safely to sit one shot clear with two holes to play.

However, a short stabbed putt at the 17th missed the hole, with a failed par save at the last meaning she would miss out on the playoff between Saso and Hataoka.

Yuka Saso US Women's Open

Saso is doused with water after winning the US Women's Open Championship. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Halving the first two holes with pars, Saso would hit a stunning approach shot from the rough, and with her rival in for par, she was faced with a birdie putt for the win.

The putt never looked anywhere else, finding the middle of the hole to much fanfare and emotion from the surrounding galleries.

Matt Cradock
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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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