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Yuka Saso wins the US Women's Open golf crown for the second time

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Japan's Yuka Saso battled through the back nine to claim her second U.S. Women's Open title on Sunday, shooting a two-under-par 68 to win by three strokes at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania.

Saso finished the tournament with a total score of 276 strokes (four under par), winning her second LPGA Tour title three years after winning the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

She is only the third player, after South Koreans Pak Se-ri and Chun In-gee, to win her first two LPGA major titles, and at 22, she is the youngest player to win the US Women's Open twice.

To do so, Saso had to shake off a four-putt double bogey on the par-3 sixth hole and secure birdies on four holes over a five-hole stretch from the 12th to the 16th, pulling away from and edging away from the trio of overnight leaders, led by Australian Minjee Lee.

Japan's Hinako Shibuno, who won the 2019 Women's British Open on her major tournament debut, shot 72 (two over par) to finish second with 279 (one under par).

She was one stroke faster than overnight leader Andrea Lee and American Ally Ewing. Ewing climbed the leaderboard with a score of 66 (four under par), while Lee shot 75 (five over par).

Thailand's Wichanee Meechai, the clear third-round leader, shot a 77 to drop into a 282-point group, while two-time major winner Minjee Lee shot a nightmare 78 to drop into a 283-point group.

Australian Lee still had a two-stroke lead after nine holes, even though he failed to find a fairway on the first nine holes.

But as her mistakes piled up, Saso found her rhythm, holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole and took sole control of the lead with a birdie on the par-5 13th hole.

She added two more birdies at 15 and 16 and managed a drive to the green of the short par 4 16th hole.

Still in the lead after a three-putt bogey on 17, she holed a superb chip from in front of the green for a two-putt par on 18 to seal the win.

“I just tried to be patient out there. I think that's what it takes to win a major like this,” said Saso, who became the fourth player – male or female – to win a major golf tournament representing Japan.

In 2021, she still played for her birth country, the Philippines, but Saso, whose father is Japanese, has since opted for Japanese citizenship.

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