WATCH: Yuka Saso gushes about meeting Rory McIlroy

Beatrice Go
WATCH: Yuka Saso gushes about meeting Rory McIlroy

US OPEN CHAMPIONS. Rory McIlroy (left) poses with 2021 US Women’s Open Champion Yuka Saso during a practice round at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

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Yuka Saso talks about her experience in meeting golf idol and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy

Filipina teen golf sensation Yuka Saso had an unforgettable two weeks and made sure that her time in California was well-spent.

Saso got to meet her golf idol and former No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who was practicing before the 2021 US Open kicks off on Thursday, June 17 at the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course in San Diego, California. (LOOK: Yuka Saso meets golf idol Rory McIlroy)

Watch how the country’s first major golf titlist gushed how surreal it was to meet and talk to the Irish star.

Before Saso’s final round in the 2021 US Women’s Open, McIlroy provided the 19-year-old golfer an extra boost with a message for her on Instagram stories.

True enough, Saso was able to make history and cop a US Open trophy like McIlroy.

Since her 2018 Asian Games double gold conquest, Saso mentioned that the Irish inspired her to pursue professional golf.

The 32-year-old McIlroy won his first of four major titles in the 2011 US Open.

As of Wednesday, McIlroy is one of the two Twitter accounts the Filipino-Japanese follows with the other one being the US Women’s Open official Twitter.


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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.