It was at the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta National, and Kaymer was on the range when an year-old Ganne hit her first drive. Six years later, with much higher stakes, Ganne is a year-old amateur and is playing with aplomb on a similar stage. By nightfall, she had been passed by two players — Yuka Saso of the Philippines, who shot a four-under-par 67 for a hole score of six under, and Lee Jeong-eun, who also shot a 67 and was five under for the tournament. Ganne, a high school junior from Holmdel, N. Ganne birdied her penultimate hole, No.
Philippines' golf phenom Yuka Saso: "I want to be World No.1 and my dream is to win Olympic gold"
Philippine teen Yuka Saso wins US Women's Open - Nikkei Asia
At four years old, she moved to Japan and studied there. But at eight years old, she wanted to pursue playing golf so her parents thought it was best that she returned to the Philippines and was homeschooled until she graduated high school. The first time Saso watched a golf tournament, she immediately knew that she wanted to become a professional golfer. She started competing at nine years old against older junior golfers, and represented the Philippines in an international tournament for the first time in the US Kids golf tournament. She also had a stellar amateur career, bagging titles in the World Junior Girls Championship and the Philippine Junior Amateur tournaments in and , among others.
Pride of Philippines: Yuka Saso, 19, becomes country's first U.S. Women's Open champ
All that work paid off and now Saso is a U. Open champion just like her idol thanks to a clutch playoff putt after a back-nine collapse by Lexi Thompson. Saso's foot putt for birdie on the third playoff hole Sunday helped her edge out Nasa Hataoka and become the second teenager to win the U. Women's Open.
Saso hoisted the trophy on the eighth green, and tears of joy slipped down her cheeks when she saw her national flag raised by a crowd of Filipinos. The ride to her U. Women's Open victory was exactly how it should be — an absolute mental grind.