The 19-year-old main winner who modeled her sport on Rory McIlroy’s after watching him on YouTube
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 Girls’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 ladies’s golf.
When she was a 13-year-old, Saso used to look at clips on YouTube of Rory McIlroy successful his first main on the US Open in 2011. It has confirmed to be time went nicely spent.
“Watching him made me really feel like: ‘Oh, he is a really cool man, he is received a really good swing,'” she instructed CNN Sport’s Coy Wire. “So I mentioned to myself: ‘Why not attempt copy it?’ And that is the place it began.”
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 few 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 publish on Instagram. After her victory on Sunday, he posted a congratulatory message on Twitter.
Saso says she will be able to’t wait to satisfy the Northern Irishman if she will get the prospect.
“I hope to satisfy him in particular person and say hello or get a signature or get an image or no matter,” she mentioned.
Dealing with circumstances
At 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, Saso’s victory equaled the age report set by South Korea’s Park Inbee to the day because the youngest champion on the oldest main of the ladies’s sport.
Saso acquired vociferous help from followers by way of the week in San Francisco, because the close by Daly Metropolis is residence to a big Filipino inhabitants.
Hataoka began six pictures off the lead however three birdies in her final six holes arrange the playoff with Saso.
Nonetheless, three pars within the three holes meant Saso’s successful 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 damage just a little coming into the previous few 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 just a little excited and just a little 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 nations as they had been rising up.
“After I turned 9, I instructed my mother and father I needed to play golf. And I needed to transfer again to the Philippines with my dad. My dad goes backwards and forwards 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.”
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 talents to a watching crowd and having the ability to signal autographs for youths that had been in the same scenario to her only a few years in the past was a “nice” expertise for her.
“There’s plenty of youngsters like me and I skilled these issues like having signatures from Lexi (Thompson) and others,” Saso defined.
“There’s so many nice execs that I received signatures from so I might love to do what they’re doing. It feels nice.”
And having received her palms on that well-known trophy, Saso cannot cease taking a look at it.
“This trophy seems to be good. I will convey it again residence with me.”