AIG Women’s Open: Ashleigh Buhai wins first primary with play-off win over In Gee Chun

AIG Women's Open: Ashleigh Buhai wins first major with play-off win over In Gee Chun

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai recuperated from discarding a five-shot lead to beat South Korea’s In Gee Chun in a sensational play-off at the AIG Women’s Open to seal her most memorable significant success.

Buhai parred the fourth play-off opening after Chun missed to seal triumph at 21:10 BST in Muirfield.

The 33-year-old’s ordering lead toward the beginning of the day dissipated as she triple-missed the standard four fifteenth.

That saw her drop back close by three-time significant champ Chun at 10 under.

The pair couldn’t be isolated on the initial three openings of the play-off, coordinating each other with standard, intruder, standard.

Buhai at last settled things with a splendid all over shot out of the dugout to set up a tap-in for standard while Chun, who tracked down a shelter off the tee, neglected to coordinate.

‘It’s groundbreaking’

Buhai is the principal South African to win the competition starting around 1979 and pockets $1.095m (£907,000) from the handbag of $7.3m (£6.05m).

“I am so pleased with myself, how I dug profound to get into the play-off,” said Buhai, who joins comrades Gary Player (1959) and Ernie Els (2002) in bringing home a significant championship at Muirfield.

“It’s so challenging to express at the present time. It could hit me in a couple of days however clearly I’m exceptionally glad.

“We’re a tiny nation so to have the option to create many significant heroes it’s very something worth talking about, and presently for me to be a female South African significant champ I have no words – it’s extraordinary.”

Chun, 27 added: “I never surrendered, and did my absolute best with it. Ashleigh played a splendid dugout shot and she merited it. I’m extremely glad for her.”

Ashleigh Buhai is embraced by husband David

Story of the round

Buhai, the world number 84, had prior scored a four-over-standard 75 and had been three ahead with four openings to play before her late breakdown.

Chun, who came out on top for the Women’s PGA Championship in June, had been tied for runner up short-term on nine under and began emphatically as she birdied three of the initial nine holes.

However, two intruders on her back nine saw her sign for a one-under-standard 70.

Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, who likewise began the day on nine under, had a blended round that remembered a falcon for the standard five fifth. She was still in dispute on the eighteenth requiring a birdie, yet a standard saw her score 71 to complete on nine under in third.

Maguire records the best significant completion

Ireland’s Leona Maguire had the round of the day as she shot a 66 to complete tied for fourth at seven under close by Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom and Australia’s Minjee Lee.

Maguire, who tied down her best completion to date in a significant said: “I don’t figure I might have played much better today. Had a couple of chances coming in, would have been good to open a couple more putts, however, it was extremely out there and certainly my best golf of the week up to this point.”

Britain’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Scotland’s Louise Duncan were the best put Brits tied for nineteenth on one under, while English team Charley Hull and Georgia Hall completed on level standard with comrade Mel Reid on three over.

AIG Women’s Open final leaderboard
-10 Buhai* (SA), Chun (Kor); -9 Shibuno (Jpn); -7 Sagstrom (Swe), Lee (Aus), Maguire (Ire)
Selected others: -1 Ewart Shadoff, Duncan (Sco); Level Hall (Eng), Hull (Eng); +3 Reid (Eng); +5 Law (Eng)
*denotes winner after four-hole play-off
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