Ashleigh Buhai impresses. Celine Boutier picks up…

Breathtakingly easy, Ashleigh Buhai (pictured) won the AIG Women’s Open with her record card of 64 (-7). The 33-year-old South African now has a five-point lead over Japanese Hinako Shibuno and South Korean In Gee Chun, leader the day before. A moving day to forget on the other hand for Céline Boutier who could not do better than a 74 (+3). La Française, 7th twenty-four hours ago, fell to 29th place at -1 (212).


We could shudder enough while browsing the weather concocted by the R&A this Saturday morning. Lots of wind, especially in the afternoon with gusts that can sometimes reach 55 km/h after 6:00 p.m. local time (7:00 p.m. in France). Right in the parties of the leaders.

In fact, a storm to tear off all the roofs of the mansions – haunted obviously – in the region of Gullana, this wind, certainly sustained with peaks of 40 km/h, more or less spared the best players on the planet. Who did very well overall. Not a single card above par among the first eighteen in the standings is thus to be counted.

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Find the departures of the 4th round of the AIG Women’s Open

Like for example the one slammed by Ashleigh Buhai33 years old, summoned in the penultimate part with the South Korean Inbee Park. The South African literally flew over the yet difficult par 71 of Muirfield, lining up the birdies at an infernal pace. Author of a grandiose first leg on Friday with a 30 (-6) studded with an eagle and four birdies, Buhai did it again today by turning to -5 after his first nine holes thanks to five birdies including four in a row between holes 4 and 7.

Insolent with ease, the triple winner on the European Ladies Tour but still looking for his first victory on the LPGA Tourcontinued his demonstration on the return, even offering himself on par 5 of 17 a school chip in for birdie allowing him to lead the tournament with six strokes ahead of the competition.

Alas, and so much the better for the suspense this Sunday, a bogey, the only one of his day, on the terrible par 4 of 18, reduced Buhai’s score to 64 (-7). New course record for these ladies please!

With a score of -14 (199), here she is five points ahead of the Japanese Hinako Shibuno66 (-5) today, and the South Korean To Gee Chun, only 70 (-1). ” I’m obviously very happyshe underlines in the mixed zone. To be able to get this score under these conditions, you can only congratulate yourself. I think this is probably one of my best rounds of golf I’ve ever played. »

I already said it was my favorite tournament of the yearadds the one who finished 5th in the British Open 2019 at Woburnhis best result in a Major. I like links. I love how creative you have to be on this kind of course. And then I like the city too this year. I was quite disappointed that I couldn’t get an AirBnB in Gullane like the previous times, but it is quite difficult to find accommodation at this time of year. »

Seventh at the start of this 3rd round, Celine Boutier did not have the same day as the South African. Alas. Despite a good birdie on the par 5 of the 5, the Frenchwoman then slowly but surely slipped in the standings, taking four bogeys on the nine return holes. Still in difficulty on its face-offs (5 fairways hit out of 14), it was also not as efficient as the day before in putting (33 putts against 27 on Friday). Even his game of irons was a bit jammed (12 greens out of 18 in regulation).

On arrival, his 74 (+3) of the day forced him to drop back as expected in the general. Here she is now 29th at -1 (212), but only three points from a top 10. Remember that her best result in a British Open remains a 6th place acquired at Woburn three years ago now…


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