Pinay golfer Yuka Saso ranks third on LPGA’s latest money list – Manila Bulletin

by | Sep 15, 2021 | LPGA

Yuka Saso (AFP)

Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso ranked third on the LPGA’s latest money list three months after pocketing $ 1 million to win the Women’s US Open Championship in San Francisco, California.

Saso, 20, has a total profit of $ 1,212,225, or about 60.61 million pesos, just behind world number 1, Nelly Korda of the United States, and number 5, Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

Tokyo Olympic gold medal winner Korda currently has total earnings of $ 1,941,977 in 14 events while former world number 1, Ko, has made $ 1,214,954 in 15 events.

By comparison, Saso has only competed in five tournaments this year, including the Women’s Open in early June when, at 19 years, 11 months and 17 days, she broke the record from Korea’s Park In-bee as the youngest ever winner in the history of the US Championship cracked.

In her most recent tournament, Saso finished 39th in the Women’s British Open with Americans Britanny Lincicome and Megan Khang at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

She then moved up to 6th place in the Rolex Women’s World Ranking, a best career ever for the two-time gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Saso took a hiatus after the Women’s British Open but is expected to return to the LPGA Tour this month.

Some of the events she is expected to attend include the $ 2.3 million Walmart NW Arkansas in Arizona, September 24-26, the $ 1.75 million ShopRite LPGA Classic, September 1 October 3rd through October 3 and the P3million Cognizant Founders Cup October 7-10 at Galloway and West Caldwell, both in New Jersey.

A two-time recipient of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Athletes of the Year, Saso earned a full five-year membership on the LPGA Tour for winning the US Women’s Open title.

She is expected to compete in the US for the remainder of the year, having performed on the Japan LPGA Tour, where she began her professional career in 2020 and won three titles.