Golf / Women’s British Open: Ashleigh Buhai sows Brooke Henderson and her rivals

Canada’s Brooke Henderson played two under par on Saturday to find herself ten strokes behind leader Ashleigh Buhai (14 under par) at the AIG British Women’s Open at Muirfield.

Ashleigh Buhai has built a five-shot lead with a round of 64. What remains is to protect that lead for her first major tournament triumph.

In 2019 at Woburn, Buhai was also in first place after the second round of that tournament, but she finished fifth, her best finish at a major tournament in women’s golf.

Buhai is in a much better position on the Muirfield, Scotland course following his round of eight birdies and just one bogey on the final hole.

His performance on Saturday gave him a cumulative score of 199, 14 under par.

Five of his birdies were scored over the first seven holes, but the most impressive of them all probably came on the par-5 17th. Located on the outside of the green, Buhai sent her approach shot into the cup after seeing her tee shot land in the tall grass.

His score of 64 represents the best round of the week, despite stronger gusts of wind on Saturday than during the first two days.

Chasing a second consecutive major title, Henderson’s scorecard on the front nine was nearly flawless. She started her round with three straight pars and a pair of birdies that quickly took her to 2-under. Henderson played par to tie for 9th place after 54 holes.

Henderson is the No. 5 player in the world and comes into this week’s tournament with 12 career wins and 68 top-10s.

Japan’s Hinako Shibuno (66) and South Korea’s In Gee Chun (70) separate from the second tier.

Tied for fourth are South Korea’s Inbee Park (70) and Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom (71), seven strokes off the top.

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