Ashleigh Buhai rebounded from losing a five-stroke lead at the British Women’s Open by beating In Gee Chun on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win her first major title.
As the light faded, the South African golfer landed a superb bunker shot on the 18th hole to get away with a short par putt. Chun walked into a pot bunker, had to hit a corner, and ended up making a bogey.
Buhai calmly rolled into her winning 3ft putt, then clutched her face in relief, before being drenched in champagne, water and other drinks by her entourage.
However, she made things a lot harder than they needed to be.
Buhai entered the final round with a five-stroke lead and still had a three-stroke lead before a triple bogey at the par-4 15th that tied her with Chun.
She then missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have restored her to a one-shot lead. Both players missed long birdie putts on the 18th as they settled for a playoff after finishing 10-under 274.
Buhai shot a 4 for 75 in the final round, while Chun shot a 70.
Hinako Shibuno of Japan, the 2019 champion, finished a shot third after missing a chip just off the green, which would have made it a three-way playoff.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Joohyung “Tom” Kim announced his arrival on the PGA Tour when the 20-year-old South Korean closed with a 9-under 61 for a five-stroke victory in the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, making him the second-youngest winner on tour since World War II.
A marathon day due to storm delays turned into a sprint for Kim. He finished the third lap in the morning and was two strokes down, then shot 27 out of the front nine to leave the rest of the field in his wake.
No one approached the rest of the way.
The victory gave Kim an instant PGA Tour membership, making him eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs which begin next week. He’s No. 34, guaranteed to play two postseason events and with a reasonable chance of reaching the final at East Lake.
Sungjae Im, who completed seven holes on Sunday morning to take the 54-hole lead, had a 68 and tied for second with John Huh (67).
Kim is the first PGA Tour winner born after 2000. Jordan Spieth was 19 when he won the John Deere Classic for his first victory on the tour.
Rickie Fowler clinched the final spot in the FedEx Cup Top 125 qualifying for the playoffs, even though he missed the cup. Justin Lower was expected to be in the top 125 until he missed a par 6-foot putt on the last hole.
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Callum Shinkwin of England claimed his second European tour title by closing with a 1 under 70 for a four-stroke win at the Cazoo Open on Sunday.
Shinkwin finished at 12 under 272 at Celtic Manor, where he has now finished first, fourth and eighth in his last three visits.
A late charge from Scotsman Connor Syme (68) secured second place on 8 under. Syme eagled on the 11th and had a birdie hat trick on the 15th before dropping a shot on the last.
Julien Guerrier (76), Andy Sullivan (67), David Dixon (67), Renato Paratore (66) and Lucas Bjerregaard (68) tied a five-way tie for third, three more strokes behind.
Shinkwin’s other title was two years at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open, a tournament held when the tour returned after the COVID-19 pandemic.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
CALGARY, Alta. (AP) — Jerry Kelly missed a chance to win in regulation, then made short playoff work on Sunday with a 4-foot birdie putt to win the Shaw Charity Classic for his third league title. season on the PGA Tour Champions.
Kelly finished with a 3-under 67 and won the playoffs against John Huston, who shot 65 in one of his best winning chances in his 11 years on the 50-plus circuit.
The final round was so close that five players finished one shot behind.
Kirk Triplett, who had the lead heading into the final round, birdied a 4-foot putt on the par-5 18th to join Kelly and Huston at 9 under 201. But he lost speed and caught the edge of the cup. Triplett shot 69.
US Senior Open champion Padraig Harrington (66), Joe Durant (62), Dean Wilson (66) and Alex Cejka (66) also missed the playoffs by one shot. Cejka was coming off a victory last week on the Legends Tour in Europe.
KORN FERRY TOUR
FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Andrew Kozan entered the Utah championship after missing the cut in his last 11 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. He finished with an 8-under 63 for a one-stroke win.
Kozan shot 30 on the back nine, and it was enough to hold off Justin Suh (63), Patrick Fishburn (64) and Ashton Van Horne (64).
The former Auburn player’s first pro win was just the tonic for a tough rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour. Kozan had only made five cuts in 20 starts. The win puts him at 41 on the points list, with the top 25 cards on the PGA Tour.
Kozan finished 21-under 263.
Suh moved up to No. 7 in points with his second-place finish. The group two shots down included Michael Kim, a former PGA Tour winner who moved up six spots to No. 25.
Xiaowen Yin of China won her second consecutive Symetra Tour event when she overcame a four-stroke deficit and closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Gabriella Then in the French Lick Charity Classic. Yin topped $100,000 for the year and is No. 2 in the “card race” for the 10 players who will win LPGA Tour cards next year. … Mikumu Horikawa closed with a 1-under 70 for a three-stroke victory in the Japan PGA Championship, the second major on the Japan Golf Tour schedule. … India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar rallied with a 7-under 65 and won the Mandiri Indonesia Open, his first win on the Asian Tour in four years. … Velten Meyer of Germany finished with a 7-under 65 and won the Finnish Vierumaki Challenge by five for his first title on the Challenge Tour of Europe. Marc Hammer, who started the final round tied with Meyer, closed with a 70 to finish second. … Austin Greaser, last year’s US Amateur runner-up, won the 120th edition of the Western Amateur by rallying from 2 points for a 1 win over Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of the Argentina. Greaser had to go through a seven-to-two playoff just to enter the match play game at Exmoor Country Club outside of Chicago. … Ryan Gerard shot a 1 of 73 and held on for a one-shot victory over Thomas Walsh at the Quebec Open on the PGA Tour Canada. … George Coetzee finished with a 5-under 67 and won the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series at De Zalze Golf Club for the second consecutive year on the Sunshine Tour. … Min-Young Lee finished with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory in the Hokkaido Meiji Cup over Japan’s LPGA. … Han Sol Ji rallied to win the Jeju Samdasoo Masters on the Korean LPGA by finishing with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Ye Rim Choi.
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