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Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open



South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai survived a disastrous 15th hole to claim victory in a marathon playoff against Chun In-gee in the Women’s British Open at Muirfield on Sunday.

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Both players tied on 10 under par after 72 holes, and it was Buhai who eventually secured victory in the final major of the season with a par four at the fourth extra hole, the 18th.

Chun bunkered her drive and took five, while Buhai got up and down from a greenside bunker, holing out from two feet for victory.

Ashleigh Buhai, who led by five overnight, looked in total control when she led by three shots with just four to play.

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But she drove into a bunker at the 15th, hit out sideways into rough and then moved the ball just a few yards with her third shot on the way to a triple-bogey seven.

Now tied for the lead, she did well to par the final three holes for a 75 that matched Chun’s 10-under par total. The Korean closed with a round of 70.

But with husband David looking on nervously, the 33-year-old finally did the business in the playoff to join Sally Little – who won two in the 1980s – as a South African to win a women’s major.

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She was also delighted to emulate compatriot and childhood hero, Ernie Els, who won the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield.

Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, the 2019 winner, finished third on nine under after a final round 71.

American teenager Rose Zhang won the Smyth Salver for the leading amateur. She closed with a 73 for one over par.

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Leading fourth and final round scores in the Women’s British Open at Muirfield on Sunday (USA unless stated, Par 71):

274 – Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) 70-65-64-75, Chun In-gee (KOR) 68-66-70-70 (Buhai won after fourth extra playoff hole)

275 – Hinako Shibuno (JPN) 65-73-66-71

277 – Madelene Sagstroem (SWE) 70-65-71-71, Minjee Lee (AUS) 68-70-70-69, Leona Maguire (IRL) 71-69-71-66

279 – Atthaya Thitikul (THA) 71-69-69-70, Stephanie Kyriacou (AUS) 70-68-70-71, Lydia Ko (NZL) 71-70-70-68, Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 71-69-71-68, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 70-70-69-70, Celine Boutier (FRA) 68-70-74-67

280 – Kim A-lim (KOR) 70-71-69-70, Miyu Yamashita (JPN) 69-68-71-72

281 – Kim Hyo-joo (KOR) 73-66-70-72, Alison Lee 74-69-67-71, Kotone Hori (JPN) 72-68-72-69

By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse





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