Half-Pinay golfer Yuka Saso opts to become Japanese citizen

Half-Pinay golfer Yuka Saso opts to become Japanese citizen

Yuka Saso shows fine form in this file photo courtesy by The Japan Times

By Amado Inigo

MANILA — Half-Filipina Yuka Saso, who represented the country’s colors in major golf tournaments — is about to become a Japanese citizen.

National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) secretary-general Bones Floro confirmed this latest development in the golfing scene on Wednesday.

The reigning US Women’s Open champion was born in Bulacan to a Japanese father and a Filipino mother but under Japan’s law, those with dual citizenship need to choose between the nationalities before he or she reaches the age of 22.

And she did according to Floro.

Yuka Saso, who also delivered a Top 10 finish for the country in the Tokyo Olympics, turns 22 in 2023.

Be that as it may, the young golfer, who barged into the world golfing scene with her -4 victory in the 2021 US Women’s Open last June 2-6, 2021, has yet to issue an official statement on the matter.

It is similarly unclear whether Saso will still be carrying the Philippine colors in future competitions and the next Olympics in Paris.

Saso is the first Filipina to win a US Women’s Open crown, or for that matter and also the first Filipino to win in any of the LPGA Tour’s major championships.

She also tied the record of South Korea’s Inbee Park as the youngest competitor to win the event at age 19. (ai/mtvn)

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