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Ashleigh Buhai shoots eight birdies to take huge lead in final spherical of Ladies’s Open

Taking a look at her document in majors, some would possibly write Buhai off as one thing of a journey girl — her greatest end got here three years in the past on the identical occasion in Woburn when she completed in fifth place. She has by no means made a top-10 within the different 4 ladies’s majors. Regardless of having an LPGA card since 2014, she has by no means received on the Tour, though she has received 3 times on the Women’ European Tour.

However beneath is a captivating story, and he or she is understood for her smoothest and most rhythmic swing on the LPGA. She was one thing of a kid prodigy rising up in Johannesburg, dominating the beginner ranks earlier than turning skilled on her 18th birthday.

A novel facet of Buhai’s story is that her husband David – whom she met as a young person at a golf academy – was a gifted younger golfer and have become her caddy. He even proposed to her after the 2015 Dubai Women Traditional. Nonetheless, when the couple tied the knot in 2016, David went caddies earlier than others.

Given the comparatively traditionally low earnings within the ladies’s sport, it additionally made monetary sense for the couple to interrupt up professionally. David is within the bag this week for South Korean Jeongeun Lee6, the 2019 Ladies’s US Open champion, lots of whom had predicted he can be nearer to the highest of the standings.

And if Buhai saved her from by no means claiming this primary main, she’d make $1,095 million (£829,100) — that is almost 5 occasions her earnings final 12 months. Contemplating Els raised a examine for £700,000 – if there was inflation over the previous 20 years – it might be a really historic victory over this most groundbreaking victory.

In the meantime, it was a disappointing championship for the British problem, with Charley Hull and Mel Reid the best ranked with each tied for fifteenth place at three below. Louise Duncan dropped to a tie for forty first place after a spherical of three over on Saturday, leaving her plus one for the match.

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