Ashleigh Buhai, from the thrill to the success that crowns the chase of a lifetime. After three victories on the Ladies European Tour, a career that at the Major level had never had great highs, at the age of 33 the South African won the AIG Women’s Open, giving herself the greatest success of her life.
Ashleigh Buhai, results
And it does so after a final lap at the limit of the dramatic, with a solid leadership almost thrown away by the triple bogey at hole 15, which makes it possible to recover the South Korean In Gee Chun: +4 for one, -1 for the other during the day, -10 total, playoff playoff.
At hole 18 in Muirfield they go three times, and on all occasions the same score arrives: par, bogey, par. Finally, on the fourth attempt, Buhai finds par, but Chun pays the last bogey. Third position for the Japanese Hinako Shibuno, who just misses the comeback that would have guaranteed her another chance to win the Open again three years after the joy of 2019.
The satisfaction of the eagle on hole 5 remains. Behind him the great recovery of the Irish Leona Maguire, who recovers fifteen positions and is fourth with a score of -7 together with the Swedish Madelene Sagstrom and the Australian Minjee Lee, who, however, are less impressive than Maguire's -5.
: even with par and -2 in the last lap. Seventh position for six, all at -5: New Zealander Lydia Ko, Aussie Steph Kyriacou, Canadian Brooke Henderson, Thai Atthaya Thitikul, Japanese Hasa Nataoka and French Céline Boutier.
Net decline of Inbee Park: the South Korean gives with a +7 of the day and ends 22nd even with the par. Ashleigh Ann Buhai, born Simon on May 11, 1989 in Johannesburg, has been a professional South African golfer since 2007.
Simon started on the Ladies European Tour, where she won three tournaments between 2007 and 2018. At the end of 2016, she changed her surname after marrying David Buhai. She also plays on the LPGA Tour, where she finished 24th in 2020. In 2022, she won her first major, the British Women's Open.