Women's British Open. First Major of Japanese Golfer Hinako Shibuno
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08/05/2019

Women's British Open. First Major of Japanese Golfer Hinako Shibuno

In England, at the Woburn Golf Club, ended the British Open's last major of the season. The major took place on the Marquess' Course, which since its opening in 2000 has been called the ''Jewel in the Crown'' and ''English Augusta''. 

Japanese Hinako Shibuno reached the start of the final round in the status of a leader and was able to keep it until the end of the tournament. Focusing as much as possible, she played to win. Double bogey and bogey in the first nine made her fans nervous. 


Hinako Shibuno Photo: Getty Images

But Hinako, who is called the "Smiling Cinderella", showed a real master class on the second nine. She completed the round in 68 hits (-4) and won with a total score of -18, thereby repeating the 1984 success of her compatriot (Ayako Okamoto).

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 Hinako Shibuno Photo: Getty Images

28-year-old American Lizette Salas, who fought for the victory to the last, won second place (-17). Up to the last hole between Shibuno and Salas there was a fierce struggle. The 18th hole was decisive, where Hinako was able to score the birdie that brought her victory. 

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Lizette Salas Photo: Getty Images

Brilliantly played the last round South Korean Jin Young Ko. Score 66 in her card raised Ko to the third line of the standings. 
Ashleigh Buhai, a 30-year-old golfer from Johannesburg, who led the first two days, finished on the fifth line, depriving her compatriots of hope for the first major of a golfer from South Africa. 

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Ashleigh Buhai Photo: Getty Images

The winner of last year's British Open, Georgia Hall, shared the T35 with a score of 285 (-3). 

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Georgia Hall Photo: Getty Images

For the # 3 world ranking American, Lexi Thompson the fourth round was the most successful. After passing the field with a score of minus five, Lexi was able to rise from line 37 to 16th. Let's not forget that this major did not work out for Lexi initially, a passport forgotten in the bag led to the loss of the training day not only for Thompson herself, but also for the other 40 golfers. 

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Lexi Thompson Photo: Getty Images

Athletes from all over the world took part in the championship. The first place in the number of participants belongs to golfers from Europe - 51, in second place, with a small margin, representatives from Asia - 43 participants, in the third of North America - 39, 2 athletes from South America and 1 participant from Africa. 
Next year, athletes will meet in Scotland at the Royal Troon Golf Club, which has never hosted a female major.
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