Training, key focus of Yuka Saso’s steel performance

June 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, United States; Yuka Saso plays her shot from the second tee in the US Women’s Open golf tournament final at the Olympic Club. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

MANILA, Philippines — There is neither rocket science nor mind-blowing routine behind Yuka Saso’s composure.

Her steel performance that brought her to a Historic American OpMonday’s victory, according to the teenage golfer herself, was due to the countless hours spent working on her craft.

“Train yourself,” she told members of the Filipino press with a smile. “And focus. I was more focused on myself then the hard work paid off.

Saso walked a tightrope to forge a playoff with veteran Nasa Hataoka for the crown.

“I wouldn’t say I was so calm,” she said. “I think all the players, at some point, get nervous. I think I focused on my routine well, I trusted the process. I think it helped me achieve this victory.

Saso, 19, was so focused that instead of basking in the glory of her recent achievement, she preferred to talk about what the future held.

“It’s a good victory. But it doesn’t stop there, ”she said. “I think we can get more.”

Saso said she is considering the KPMG Women’s Championship in Atlanta, which will be held later this month.

As for the Tokyo Summer Games, Saso noted that the Olympics follow a different ranking system.

And no, winning a major – in such a nerve-racking way – doesn’t guarantee him an Olympic gold medal, either.

“It doesn’t mean I won that, I can win at the Olympics. I still have to work on it. There are a lot of tournaments coming up, ”Saso said.

“So I just have to get back to work and see what happens at the Olympics.”


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