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Yuka Saso rises to world No. 9 in women’s golf

Beatrice Go
Yuka Saso rises to world No. 9 in women’s golf

WORLD NO. 9. Yuka Saso clinches a career-high world No. 9 in the women's golf rankings.

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Yuka Saso crashes into the top 10 in the women's world golf rankings for the first time

The Philippines’ first major tournament winner Yuka Saso nailed a career No. 9 rank in the women’s world golf rankings on Tuesday, June 8, after winning the US Women’s Open.

Saso leaped 31 rungs to crash into the top 10 of the world after her major triumph last Sunday, June 6.

Hindi ko po alam iyon, (I didn’t know that,)” Saso, surprised, told Philippine media when asked about her career world ranking. “Masaya po (That makes me happy).”

The 2018 Asian Games double gold medalist copped the title after three playoff rounds over Japanese Nasa Hataoka.

The Filipino-Japanese golf sensation tied South Korean star Inbee Park for the youngest US Women’s Open at 19 years old, 11 months, and 17 days.

Aside from taking home the trophy in the biggest tournament in women’s golf, Saso also bagged the $1-million prize and tournament exemptions in the next few years.

Saso is guaranteed exemptions in the next 10 US Women’s Open tournaments, five AIG Women’s British Opens, KPMG Women’s PGA Championships, ANA Inspirations, and Amundi Evian Championships.

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The Bulacan native will continue joining tournaments this season before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where she is slated to compete for the Philippines. – Rappler.com

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.