ASIAN GAMES: Yuka Saso aims to be world's best golfer by 24
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 30, 2018 03:02 PM
(Photo courtesy of 2018 Asian Games Philippine Media Pool)
After achieving two gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, Pinay golfer Yuka Saso aims for something much bigger, not just for herself, but for the country.
The 17-year old Filpino-Japanese Saso shared to ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo that she wants to become the world's number one golfer by the age of 24, something she and her Japanese father have long desired since she started playing golf.
Dad Masa added that with her relentless drive and dedication to the sport, his daughter, currently the 47th best amateur golfer in the world, can some day become the world's best.
The younger Saso also shared that there was immense pressure from herself in getting the gold medal as her Chinese opponent was three strokes ahead heading to the final hole, a monumental task to overcome.
"She hooked her drive into the hazard, and sa isip ko if I made an eagle would still have a chance. So ang mindset ko lang talaga maka-eagle. Siyempre may pressure kinikilabutan na ako habang naglalakad pero ayun, yung eagle lang talaga nasa isip ko," Saso said.
Maso hyped up Yuka shortly before the 18th hole, reminding her that she had two eagles on the last hole during practice, and she would just do it all over again.
Alas, she did, helping the Philippines get one of its best Asian Games performances to date.
Yuka, who started playing golf at the age of eight, left Japan for the Philippines so that she could have an easier time training, as the golf course's distance in Tokyo was too far from their home.
In the Philippines, she starts her day at 5 a.m. and works out until 7 a.m. then has breakfast before playing 18 holes and practicing on the driving range and working on her short game before going back home by 6 p.m.
Saso is homeschooled so she could concentrate on her craft.
As for the father-daugher tandem, the double-gold medalist shares her secret on her success in the golf course.
"Simula bata palang ako, si dad na po ang laging kasama ko. So nasanay po ako na siya na ang kasama ko and hindi po kami yung nag-aaway. I don't disagree of what he says."