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Saso won the US Open when the favorites failed – completing a unique double


Yuka Saso, who now represents her father’s home country of Japan, with the trophy after winning the US Open in golf. Photo: Matt Slocum, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 03.06.2024 01:33:09

Sport: The 22-year-old remained the best after the favorites disappeared. She posted scores of 68-71-69-68 to win by three strokes over another Japanese player, Hinako Shibuno.

The two were the only ones to finish the tournament in Lancaster, Pennsylvania under par.

Saso has a Filipino mother and a Japanese father. She played for her mother’s home country until she was 20, then switched to her father’s home country.

The victory was worth 2.4 million dollars (25 million kroner), the largest single prize sum in a sports competition for women.

She rose to the top of the leaderboard because the leaders collapsed. The last two groups on the last day went a combined 22 strokes over par. Minjee Lee from Australia started the day in the lead, but she shot a final round of 78 (eight over par) and fell to tied for 9th place.

Norwegian Celine Borge didn’t make the cut halfway through the tournament, but she was in good company. World number one Nelly Korda came into the tournament as a big favorite after winning six of her last seven tournaments, but she had a nightmare round on Thursday.

She went ten strokes over par in the first round after a complete disaster on the third hole she played. She hit the ball in the water three times and used 10 strokes on a par-three hole.

– A bad day at the office. A seven-double bogey doesn’t do the trick in the US Open, Korda said after finishing the first day in joint 137th place. She improved by ten strokes the next day, but it did not last for further play.

Celine Borge finished in joint 111th place. She was 13 shots over par after two rounds of 76 and 77.

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