Yuka Saso Biography – Yuka Saso Wiki
Yuka Saso is a Philippine-born Japanese professional golfer. She represented the Philippines through 2021, winning the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in both women’s individual and women’s team events in Asian Games golf competitions. She also represented the Philippines at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She’s been representing Japan since 2021 after choosing Japanese citizenship.
Yuka started playing and training golf at the age of 8 in 2009. She had a very successful amateur career. During her amateur career, she recorded several wins including the 2014 Sabah International Junior Masters, Visayas Regional Amateur and ALM Tournament, the 2015 Kartini Cup, 2016 Philippine Junior Amateur, Philippine Junior Amateur Match Play, World Junior Girls Championship, the 2017 Philippine Amateur Open Championship, Philippine Junior Amateur, Philippine Amateur Open Match Play Championship, the 2018 Philippine Ladies Open, Victorian Junior Masters, Thunderbird International Junior, Asian Games (women’s individual), and the 2019 Philippine Ladies Open, Girl’s Junior PGA Championship.
Yuka has also made a few team appearances and won the Patsy Hankins Trophy representing Asia/Pacific in 2018. She also represented the Philippines and won at the Asian Games in 2018. Saso turned professional in November 2019 just after earning an LPGA of Japan Tour card for 2020. She made her professional debut in late June 2020, at the Earth Mondahmin Cup in Chiba. Yuka was placed fifth. She recorded her first professional victory at the 2020 NEC Karuizawa 72. Saso later won the Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament event.
On June 6, 2021, she won the US Women’s Open Championship in a playoff against Nasa Hataoka.
Yuka Saso Age
Saso was born on June 20, 2001, in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, Philippines. She is 21 years old as of 2022.
Yuka Saso Parents
Golfer Yuka Saso was born to a Japanese father, Masakazu Saso, and a Filipino mother, Fritzie Saso. Her father is a golfer and her personal golf coach.
Yuka Saso Career Earnings
Golfer Yuka Saso has earned $1,977,848 in career earnings. She has earned $459,972 so far in 2022. She made $1,517,876 in 2021.
Yuka Saso Net Worth
Yuka Saso’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million. Her net worth is from career earnings and sponsorship deals.
Yuka Saso Caddie
Who is Yuka Saso’s caddie? With Lionel Matichuk as her caddie, Yuka Saso won the 76th U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
After holding the 36-hole lead, Saso entered the final round one-stroke back of Lexi Thompson. During the final round, Saso had a poor start with back-to-back double bogeys on her opening nine. Upset with her start to the round, she turned to her caddie, Lionel Matichuk, who reminded her that she still had a chance to win.
“I was actually a little upset,” Saso recalled after her win. “But my caddie talked to me and said, ‘just keep on going; there’s many more holes to go,’. That’s what I did.”
Yuka Saso WITB
Golfer Yuka Saso won the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open for her first major championship title. Here’s a look inside her bag.
Driver: TaylorMade SIM2 Max with 9° loft, fitted with Seven Dreamers shaft.
3 Wood: Callaway MAVRIK Sub Zero with 15° loft, with Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana White shaft.
Hybrid: Callaway MAVRIK 4H with 20° loft.
Irons: Miura TC-101 (5-iron to 9-iron), with Nippon Modus shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (46°, 52°, 56° & 60°), with Nippon Modus shafts.
Putter: Piretti Workshop.
Ball: Titleist Pro V1.
Yuka Saso Nationality
Yuka Saso is of Japanese nationality. Born to a Japanese father and Filipino mother, Yuka Saso opted for Japanese citizenship in November 2021. On Thursday, November 4, 2021, Saso revealed her citizenship preference in a statement.
“I am a Filipina, born in the Philippines, to a Japanese father and Filipino mother, and raised in both Japan and the Philippines. I am immensely proud of my dual heritage and that will never change,” wrote Saso in a post shared by Pilipinas Golf Tournament Inc and her main sponsor ICTSI.
“Under Japanese law, prior to turning 22 years old, I have to choose between Japanese and Filipino citizenship. I will be turning 22 years old on June 20, 2023 and, after much thought and consultation with my family, friends and advisors, I have begun the process of acquiring Japanese citizenship.
“Thank you for respecting my choice. I am grateful to my Filipino and Japanese supporters and would not have achieved anything in my career without your support. I look forward to making you proud as I continue with my professional golfing career.”
Yuka Saso Ethnicity
Saso is of Asian ethnicity; Filipino and Japanese heritage.
Yuka Saso Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.66 m) tall.
Yuka Saso Instagram
Her Instagram is @yukasaso_official.