Yuka Saso makes headlines in Japan as special edition papers mark her US Open victory

TOKYO (AP) — Commuters at Tokyo’s Shimbashi Station were greeted Monday with a special edition of the Yomiuri newspaper.

The big news was Yuka Saso’s victory at the US Open on Sunday, the second time she has won the title. Japanese newspapers still print special editions to mark such moments.

She won in 2021 under the flag of the Philippines, her native country. This time she won under the flag of Japan, her father’s birthplace.

“When I won in 2021, I was representing the Philippines. I feel like I was able to give something back to my mother,” Saso said. “This year I was able to represent Japan and I think I was able to give something back to my father. I’m very happy that I was able to do it.

“It’s just a wonderful feeling that I was able to give back to my parents in the same way.”

The 22-year-old Saso shot a 2-under 68 on Sunday (early Monday Japan time) to win by three shots at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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