Ashleigh Buhai on winning the AIG Open: "It was very easy to panic and probably.."



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Ashleigh Buhai on winning the AIG Open: "It was very easy to panic and probably.."

Ashleigh Buhai showed tremendous quality at the AIG Women's Open. In the end, she won the title. There were many oscillations in her game, but she did not give up. "I mean, it's probably the worst swing I made all week," Buhai admitted about the 15th hole after her victory, as quoted by skysports.

"Was a little quick on the top, but if I had half a lie in that bunker, a plug off the drive, I could have got it out the other way in the fairway. Obviously compounded the mistake. "I didn't panic, which I thought was huge, and just tried to make a good swing on the next and just try to make good swings coming in to give myself a chance.

Mental strength

Her mental strength was noticeable. "It was very easy to panic and probably come home in an ambulance. I saw the leaderboard walking up 16 I think, and was just like, okay, just hit it. Have a good swing.

You can only control this shot. Hit this shot now at the time. "I hit a really good bunker shot on 17. Hit the putt where I wanted to. That's all I could do, just a little bit of a misread. To play 18 the way I did, but so many times over and to hit that tee shot, it's a tough tee shot.

So I was just very happy with how I managed the situation." After winning the title, she could not hide her happiness. "I am so proud of myself, how I dug deep to get into the play-off," added. "It's so difficult to put into words right now.

It might only hit me in a few days but obviously I'm very proud. "We're a very small country so to be able to produce quite a few major champions it's quite something, and now for me to be a female South African major winner I've got no words - it's life-changing."