Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open after playoff for first major title

MUIRFIELD, Scotland — Ashleigh Buhai bounced back from throwing away a 5-shot lead at the women’s British Open by defeating In Gee Chun in a playoff Sunday and winning her first major title.

As the light faded, the South African golfer hit a superb bunker shot on the fourth playoff hole to set a short par putt while Chun settled for a bogey.

Buhai calmly rolled in from less than 3 feet and then cupped her face in relief before being doused with water and other beverages by her entourage.

However, she made things much more difficult than they needed to be.

Buhai went into the final round with a commanding 5 shot lead and was still 3 shots up before a triple bogey on the par 15 drew them level with Chun.

She then missed a birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have restored a 1-shot lead. Both players missed long birdie putts on the 18th as they opted for a playoff after finishing with 10-under 274.

Buhai shot a 4-over-75 in the final round while Chun carded a 70.

2019 champion Hinako Shibuno of Japan finished third, one stroke behind, after missing a chip just off the green that would have made it a three-way playoff. Ashleigh Buhai wins Women’s British Open after playoff for first major title

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