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

MANILA, Philippines - Following her win in the 76th US Women's Open in San Francisco, California, Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso ranked up her winnings by a million dollars, all before she turns 20 years old next month.

The status of richest Pinoy teenage athlete is really nothing new.  This was already achieved last year in August 2020 when Yuka 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.

Yuka Saso receiving her trophy.  Photo by Getty Images

Back then, 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 and her first paycheck worth P500,000 for sharing 25th in ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open back in June 2020, her winnings have already exceeded PhP 11 million.

Add the winnings of last week's US Women's Open, it will take some time before any Pinoy teenage athlete will reach this level.

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