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Player Bio: Yuka Saso2022 U.S. Women's Open


Age: 20
Country: Japan
College: None
Worldwide professional victories: 3 (1 on LPGA Tour)
Road to Pine Needles: 2021 U.S. Women's Open champion; Top 30 points leader in LPGA Tour's 2021 Race to the CME Globe; Top 75 in Rolex Rankings as of April 6

Matched Inbee Park to the day (19 years, 11 months, 17 days) as the youngest champion in U.S. Women's Open history when she defeated Nasa Hataoka in an aggregate-score playoff at The Olympic Club last June. It was her first victory on the LPGA Tour and third worldwide. She became the first player from the Philippines to win the U.S. Women's Open, although a few months after the victory, Saso declared that she was now representing Japan, the country of her father. She is a dual citizen of Japan and the Philippines, the country of her mother. Saso enjoyed a highly decorated junior/amateur career before turning pro in the fall of 2019. Saso was the stroke-play medalist in the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior and lost to Jillian Bourdage in the semifinals. Saso also was a semifinalist in the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur, defeating Hataoka in the quarters. Saso turned pro in November of 2019, and quickly won a pair of LPGA Tour of Japan events in 2020: the NEC Karuizawa 72 and Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament. 

U.S. Women's Open Playing Record






2022 Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club 77-74 +9 MC
2021 The Olympic Club (Lake Course) 69-67-71-73—280 -4 Win


Champions Golf Club




2019 Country Club of Charleston 71-77 +6 MC