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Yuka Saso's US Open victory bolsters Philippines' Olympic hopes

Golfing community and sponsors awed by historic win of the Filipino-Japanese

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

MANILA -- Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso's historic victory at the 76th U.S. Women's Open Championship has energized the golf community in the Philippines and bolstered hopes for the country's first Olympics gold medal.

The 19-year-old dual citizen is the first Filipino to win the tournament and also the youngest, tied with South Korea's Park Inbee in 2008, to win the competition. Saso's victory over the weekend came after she prevailed against Japan's Nasa Hataoka in a sudden death playoff.

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