By Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. Women’s Open winner Yuka Saso this week stated that whereas she has by no means met Rory McIlroy, she has spent numerous hours finding out his swing on YouTube to attempt to emulate it.
The 19-year-old from the Philippines captured McIlroy’s consideration on Sunday as she gained an exhilarating playoff to say her maiden, main crown.
“Everyone’s going to be watching Yuka Saso swing videos on YouTube now,” four-time males’s main champion McIlroy wrote on Twitter after she hoisted the trophy.
Saso bounced again from two double bogeys in her first three holes in her remaining spherical and obtained scorching down the stretch to defeat Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in the third gap of a sudden dying playoff at San Francisco’s Olympic Club.
She stated an Instagram submit from McIlroy previous to her spherical gave her a lift.
“Rory said, ‘Get that trophy,’ and I did. So thank you, Rory,” she stated with amusing after her triumph.
Saso was additionally stuffed with gratitude for followers again in the Philippines after changing into the Southeast Asian nation’s first golf main champion.
“I’m just thankful that there’s so many people in the Philippines cheering for me,” she stated.
“I don’t know how to thank them. They gave me so much energy. I want to say thank you to everyone.”
She additionally loved the vocal assist of followers at the South San Francisco course that borders Daly City, a metropolis with a big Filipino inhabitants.
“It felt great. There’s so many people holding up Philippines flags, and it’s really big,” she stated.
“It made me really happy.”
(Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)