Yuka Saso Soars into Top 15 After Winning the U.S. Women’s Open presented by Ally

After a tough test toppled the major championship dreams of the world’s top talent at Lancaster Country Club, it was ultimately Yuka Saso who was left standing on Sunday in Pennsylvania, victorious once again at the U.S. Women’s Open presented by Ally.

Saso won by three shots over Hinako Shibuno en route to claiming her second U.S. Women’s Open title, and the victory vaulted her up in both the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and Olympic Golf Ranking. After missing the cut at the Mizuho Americas Open, the 22-year-old came to the second major championship of the 2024 LPGA Tour season ranked 30th in the world and wasn’t yet qualified to represent Japan at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Her second LPGA Tour title sent Saso soaring into the top 15 in the Rolex Rankings to No. 6 in the world, having knocked out Miyu Yamashita to claim a spot in the field at Le Golf National with three weeks left to qualify. Saso is now the highest-ranked Japanese player in the world and the Olympic Golf Ranking, sitting ahead of Nasa Hataoka, who is 17th in the standings.

The 2024 Olympics would mark Saso’s second time competing in the Games, as she represented the Philippines in 2021 in Tokyo, but it’s likely to be her first time playing for Japan, as Saso elected to adopt Japanese citizenship in 2021 following the Olympics.

Other notable movements in the Olympic Golf Ranking involved players from New Zealand, Chinese Taipei, Ecuador and Norway. Momoka Koburi of New Zealand has replaced her fellow countrywoman, Fiona Xu, who won the Copper Rock Championship earlier this year on the Epson Tour, in the top 60.

Chinese Taipei native Wei-Ling Hsu’s top-25 finish at the U.S. Women’s Open has moved her inside the top 60 in the Olympic Golf Ranking, bumping out Chia Yen Wu for the second available spot.

Additionally, Megan Khang has fallen out of the top 15, leaving the United States with just three representatives – Nelly Korda, Lilia Vu and Rose Zhang. Khang was replaced by Daniela Darquea of Ecuador, who currently holds the 59th position in the Olympic Golf Ranking.

The U.S. is one of four countries with two or more representatives in the top 15 at the moment, joined by the People’s Republic of China, who have Ruoning Yin and Xiyu Lin in the top 15; Australia, who have major champions Hannah Green and Minjee Lee currently qualified; and the Republic of Korea, represented by Jin Young Ko and Hyo Joo Kim.

The qualification period for the women’s golf competition at the 2024 Paris Olympics ends on June 24 following the conclusion of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club.