South African Buhai wins Women’s British Open in dramatic playoff
August 08 2022 10:45 PM
Ashleigh Buhai
South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai kisses the trophy after her playoff win over South Korea’s Chun In-gee on day 4 of the 2022 Women’s British Open.

London: South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai won her first major title at the Women’s British Open on Sunday after beating South Korean Chun In-gee in a thrilling playoff at Muirfield.
Buhai had a five-shot lead going to the final round but a triple bogey on the 15th hole put her level with Chun. Both Buhai and Chun missed long birdies on the 18th and headed into a playoff after finishing 10-under-par in regulation play.
Under pressure, the South African held her nerve and survived three playoff holes against Chun before battling back with a glorious bunker shot on the fourth playoff hole.
Buhai then stroked home her par putt to seal the playoff win, sparking celebration from her husband, while Chun had to settle for second after a bogey.
“I know there are a lot of people in South Africa with a lot of grey hairs right now, after that 15th hole!” Buhai said. “But I was very proud of the way I dug deep to keep myself together and get into the play-off. I was surprisingly calm. I just tried to stay in the moment.
“My caddie said, show them why you’re number one in bunkers. Maybe it’s something to do with South Africans here in bunkers! It’s a good stomping ground for us... For me to be a female South African major winner, I have no words, it’s life changing!”
Buhai becomes the second women’s major winner from South Africa, joining Sally Little.  

Jerry Kelly beats John Huston in playoff to win in Calgary
Jerry Kelly birdied the first playoff hole to defeat John Huston and win the Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta.
Huston’s 5-under-par 65 got him to 9-under 201 for the day, where Kelly went on to match him thanks to his 3-under 67. Kelly missed a birdie putt at the par-5 18th that would have won him the tournament outright. But when they returned to No. 18 for the playoff, Kelly reached the green in two and two-putted for birdie, which Huston couldn’t match.
“That is a really hard green to read,” Kelly said of the 18th. 
“I made a great putt in regulation for my second putt and then I made another great second putt. I don’t know what was wrong with my speed. Greens were as fast as we had ever seen them yesterday, they were a little slower today. I think they had to do that with the heat maybe, I don’t know.”

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