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Philippine teen Yuka Saso wins US Women's Open

19-year-old golfer beats Japan's Nasa Hataoka in a playoff

Yuka Saso hoists the US Open trophy after winning in a sudden death playoff following the final round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, U.S. on June 6. (Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)    © Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Yuka Saso modeled her golf game after Rory McIlroy, spending hours watching videos of his swing before going to bed each night in order to perfect her own.

All that work paid off and now Saso is a U.S. Open champion just like her idol thanks to a clutch playoff putt after a back-nine collapse by Lexi Thompson.

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