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19-Year-Old Yuka Saso Becomes The Richest Pinoy Teenage Athlete Ever

Yuka Saso receiving her trophy.  Photo by Getty Images

MANILA, Philippines - Fired-up Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso tore up a field made up of Japan’s best and the brightest and tamed Karuizawa’s North course with a record solid nine-under 63 in the Japan LPGA. She punctuated her game with an eagle to beat Maiko Kawabayashi and Fujita Saito by four in the NEC Karuizawa tournament in Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture. 

As Yuka Saso won today's NEC Karuizawa leg of the Japan LPGA in runaway fashion, she was rewarded with a PhP 6.6 million prize that no Filipino teenager has ever won. After just four professional events, Yuka Saso has quickly become the richest Pinoy teenage athlete and the new golf superstar on this side of the world.

Counting the P4 million she won for placing fifth in the Earth Mon­dah­min Cup late in June and her first paycheck worth P500,000 for sharing 25th in ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open back in June, her winnings have already exceeded PhP 11 million.

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