After caddie's advice, Yuka Saso delivers composed finish to win US Open

After caddie's advice, Yuka Saso delivers composed finish to win US Open

Yuka Saso did not let her emotions take a toll on her in the end. LPGA
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Yuka Saso admitted that frustration began settling in on her early into the final round of the LPGA US Women's Open.

It was expected since she lost the overall lead after Round 2 to Lexi Thompson following an error prone finale in Round 3 and started Round 4 with two double bogeys in three holes.

Saso found herself down by five strokes to Thompson.

"Medyo nainis ako noon," Saso told ABS-CBN's TJ Manotoc on Monday (Philippine Time) in the press conference after the final round at the Olympic Club Lake Course in San Francisco.

However, following a short chat with her caddie, she began regaining her poise.

"Sabi niya, 'Marami pang butas and just keep trusting yourself,'" Saso relayed what her caddie told her.

True enough, she somehow got her rhythm back as she got one stroke back to finish her stint at four under par.

Thompson, however, suffered the biggest endgame collapse at the Olympic Club since Arnold Palmer blew a seven-stroke lead and lost to Billy Casper in the 1966 US Open.

In the end, Saso beat Nasa Hataoka of Japan in the sudden death playoffs to become the first Filipino golf major champion and the second youngest ever to win the US Women's Open.

[Related Story: Yuka Saso makes history by ruling US Women's Open]

"Maraming salamat po," she said to her caddie in thanksgiving.

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