Buhai wins Women’s British; Tom Kim claims 1st PGA Tour victory

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South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai poses for the media with the trophy after winning the Women's British Open Golf Championship during the awards ceremony in Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday August 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai poses for the media with the trophy after winning the Women’s British Open Golf Championship during the awards ceremony in Muirfield, Scotland, Sunday August 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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Ashleigh Buhai bounced back from a five-shot loss at the women’s British Open by defeating In Gee Chun on the fourth hole of a Sudden Death Playoff Sunday to win her first major title.

As the light faded, the South African golfer made a superb bunker shot on the 18th hole to set up a short par putt. Chun drove into a pot bunker, had to hit out a wedge and ended up bogeying.

Buhai calmly rolled in her winning putt from 3ft and then held her face in relief before being doused in champagne, water and other beverages by her entourage.

However, she made things much more difficult than they needed to be.

Buhai went into the final round with a commanding five shot lead, still three shots clear of a triple bogey on the par 15, which tied with Chun.

She then missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have restored a one-shot lead. Both players missed long birdie putts on the 18th as they opted for a playoff after finishing with 10-under 274.

Buhai shot a 4-over-75 in the final round while Chun carded a 70.

2019 champion Hinako Shibuno of Japan finished third, one shot back, after missing a chip just off the green that would have made it a three-way playoff.

PGA TOUR

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Joohyung “Tom” Kim heralded his arrival on the PGA Tour when the 20-year-old South Korean finished Sunday with a 9-under-61 for a five-shot win at the Wyndham Championship and him made 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 morning’s third lap two strokes down and then shot 27 in the front nine to leave the rest of the field behind.

No one came near the rest of the way.

The win earned Kim instant membership to the PGA Tour, qualifying him for the FedEx Cup Playoffs beginning next week. He’s number 34, sure to play two postseason events and has a reasonable shot at making the finals at East Lake.

Sungjae Im, who finished seven holes to take the 54-hole lead on Sunday morning, had a 68 to finish 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 Tour win.

Rickie Fowler secured the final spot in the top 125 in the FedEx Cup advancing into the postseason despite missing the cut. Justin Lower was supposed to be in the top 125 until he missed a 6-foot par putt on the final hole.

EUROPEAN TOUR

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) – Callum Shinkwin of England clinched his second European Tour title by scoring a four-shot win at the Cazoo Open on Sunday with a 1-under-70.

Shinkwin finished 12-under 272 at Celtic Manor, where he has now finished first, fourth and eighth in his last three visits.

A late attack from Scot Connor Syme (68) secured second place with 8 under. Syme made an eagle on the 11th and had a hat trick with birdies on the 15th before dropping a shot on the last.

Julien Guerrier (76th), Andy Sullivan (67th), David Dixon (67th), Renato Paratore (66th) and Lucas Bjerregaard (68th) shared third place with five more three strokes behind.

Shinkwin’s other title was two years at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open, a tournament put together during the tour’s return from the COVID-19 pandemic.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Jerry Kelly missed a chance to win in regulation and then made short work of playoff Sunday with a 4-foot birdie putt to open the Shaw Charity Classic for his third title of the season to win the PGA Tour Champions.

Kelly finished with a 3-under 67 and won the playoffs against John Huston, who at 65 had one of his best winning chances in his 11 years on the Over-50 circuit.

The last loop was so close that five players finished one stroke behind.

Kirk Triplett, who was in the lead on the final round, had a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18 to join Kelly and Huston at 9-under-201s. But it lost speed and caught the edge of the cup. Triplet recording 69.

US Senior Open winners Padraig Harrington (66), Joe Durant (62), Dean Wilson (66) and Alex Cejka (66) also missed the playoff by just one shot. Cejka clinched a win at the Legends Tour in Europe last week.

GRAIN FERRY TOUR

FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — Andrew Kozan advanced to 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-shot win.

Kozan shot 30 to the back nine, and it was enough to fend off Justin Suh (63), Patrick Fishburn (64) and Ashton Van Horne (64).

The former Auburn player’s first pro win was just fuel for a tough rookie season on the Korn Ferry Tour. Kozan had only made five cuts in 20 starts. The win puts him 41st on the points list, with the top 25 earning PGA Tour cards.

Kozan finished 21 under 263.

Suh moved up to 7th in points with his second place finish. In the group two strokes behind was Michael Kim, a one-time PGA Tour winner, who moved up six spots to 25th.

OTHER TOURS

Xiaowen Yin of China won her second straight Symetra Tour event when she came from a four-shot deficit and finished with a 3-under 69 for a one-shot win over Gabriella Then in the French Lick Charity Classic. Yin has over $100,000 in earnings this year and is #2 in the Race for the Card for the 10 players who will earn LPGA Tour cards next year. … Mikumu Horikawa finished with a 1-under-70 for a three-shot win at the Japan PGA Championship, the second major on the Japan Golf Tour schedule. … India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar bounced back with a 7-under 65 to win the Mandiri Indonesia Open, his first Asian Tour win in four years. … Velten Meyer of Germany finished with a 7-under 65 and won the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge by five for his first title on the European Challenge Tour. Marc Hammer, who started the final round with the same number of points as Meyer, finished with a 70 and finished second. …Austin Greaser, last year’s US Amateur runner-up, conquered the 120th edition of the Western Amateur by rallying from 2 down to a 1 win over Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of Argentina. Greaser had to survive a seven-on-two playoff just to get into the matchplay portion at Exmoor Country Club outside of Chicago. … Ryan Gerard shot a 1-over-73 and held on to a one-shot win over Thomas Walsh at the Quebec Open on the PGA Tour Canada. … George Coetzee finished with a 5-under-67 to win 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-shot win in the Hokkaido Meiji Cup at the Japan 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-shot win over Ye Rim Choi.

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