AIG Women's British Open R2

Buhai three clear at halfway stage

August 01-04
Marquess’ course, Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire
$4,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

AIG Women's British Open R2 - Buhai three clear at halfway stage

South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai stormed three shots clear at the AIG Women’s British Open with a flawless second round of 67 in front of nearly 16,000 people at Woburn Golf Club.

The first-round leader did not tee off until 2pm, by which time a number of players had overtaken her on the leaderboard, but she held her nerve to post five birdies and reach 12 under for the tournament.

Japan’s Hinako Shibuno is second on nine under thanks to a 69, with American Lizette Salas another stroke back and local favourite Charley Hull among five players at seven under after a second-round 70. Defending champion Georgia Hall had a second successive 69 to lie tied ninth.


Buhai said: “My goal going out today was to get to double figures. Once I got it to eight, nine and 10 under, I felt more comfortable and was able to put my foot down. I managed to hit it really close on the 15th hole for a tap-in birdie, and had a good shot into 16 and then holed the putt.

“The front nine I was really steady, I didn’t hit many shots close. I birdied my second hole with a good wedge, and hit a few good putts. I’m trying not to keep thinking it’s a Major; it’s just another tournament.”

Shibuno did not have high expectations heading into the tournament but has been pleasantly surprised by her first experience of Woburn. She said: “I thought the British Open was a links golf course. I knew, but my image was everything links. I just wanted to make the cut, that’s all. I’m a little nervous for the weekend.

Hull said: “I started well but couldn’t get the pace of the greens. I missed a few putts I should have holed for birdie. I made a couple of bogeys through 13 and 14 where I should have got up and down.

AIG Women's British Open R2 - Buhai three clear at halfway stage

“I holed a few to finish, so ended on a positive. I sometimes like being the underdog. When I play Solheim Cup in America and the crowd is cheering against you, I always prefer that. I don’t know why. I’ve just got to stay focused around here.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ashleigh Buhai
-12
65
67
132
2
Hinako Shibuno
-9
66
69
135
3
Lizette Salas
-8
69
67
136
4
Bronte Law
-7
70
67
137
4
Celine Boutier
-7
71
66
137
4
Sung Hyun Park
-7
67
70
137
4
Charley Hull
-7
67
70
137
4
Caroline Masson
-7
69
68
137
9
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
68
70
138
9
Georgia Hall
-6
69
69
138
9
Jin Young Ko
-6
68
70
138
9
Carlota Ciganda
-6
69
69
138
9
Danielle Kang
-6
66
72
138
18
Brooke Henderson
-4
69
71
140
18
Morgan Pressel
-4
69
71
140
18
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-4
73
67
140
18
In-Kyung Kim
-4
69
71
140
18
Olivia Cowan
-4
73
67
140
23
Megan Khang
-3
67
74
141
23
Hyo-Joo Kim
-3
71
70
141
23
Jing Yan
-3
71
70
141
23
Jeong-Eun 5 Lee
-3
70
71
141
23
Anna Nordqvist
-3
71
70
141
23
Lexi Thompson
-3
71
70
141
23
Moriya Jutanugarn
-3
67
74
141
23
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
-3
73
68
141
31
Caroline Hedwall
-2
74
68
142
31
Sarah Kemp
-2
72
70
142
31
Nicole Broch Larsen
-2
72
70
142
31
Ally Mcdonald
-2
72
70
142
31
Jenny Shin
-2
69
73
142
36
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
73
70
143
36
Gerina Piller
-1
71
72
143
36
Teresa Lu
-1
73
70
143
36
Brittany Lang
-1
71
72
143
36
Sakura Yokomine
-1
70
73
143
36
Maria Torres
-1
72
71
143
36
Xi Yu Lin
-1
74
69
143
36
Annie Park
-1
73
70
143
36
Sei Young Kim
-1
70
73
143
36
Yuka Yasuda (a)
-1
73
70
143
36
Mirim Lee
-1
72
71
143
36
Yu Liu
-1
72
71
143
48
Ayako Uehara
Par
70
74
144
48
Momoko Ueda
Par
75
69
144
48
Mi Jung Hur
Par
71
73
144
48
Cheyenne Knight
Par
73
71
144
48
Karolin Lampert
Par
73
71
144
48
Austin Ernst
Par
76
68
144
48
Brittany Altomare
Par
73
71
144
48
Jessica Korda
Par
72
72
144
48
Hannah Green
Par
73
71
144
48
Anne Van Dam
Par
72
72
144
48
Minami Katsu
Par
70
74
144
48
Azahara Munoz
Par
73
71
144
48
Angel Yin
Par
74
70
144
48
Su Oh
Par
72
72
144
48
Jasmine Suwannapura
Par
72
72
144
48
Linnea Strom
Par
70
74
144
64
Annabel Dimmock
1
75
70
145
64
In Gee Chun
1
70
75
145
64
Felicity Johnson
1
76
69
145
64
Pornanong Phatlum
1
73
72
145
64
Kristen Gillman
1
71
74
145
64
Charlotte Thomas
1
72
73
145
64
Angela Stanford
1
73
72
145
64
Mariajo Uribe
1
73
72
145
64
Sarah Schmelzel
1
73
72
145
CUT
73
So Yeon Ryu
2
73
73
146
73
Karine Icher
2
71
75
146
73
Haeji Kang
2
70
76
146
73
Katherine Kirk
2
76
70
146
73
Agathe Sauzon
2
69
77
146
73
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
76
70
146
73
Shanshan Feng
2
75
71
146
73
Gaby Lopez
2
71
75
146
73
Lynn Carlsson
2
72
74
146
73
Lina Boqvist
2
75
71
146
83
Jaye Marie Green
3
72
75
147
83
Gabriella Cowley
3
71
76
147
83
Valentine Derrey
3
72
75
147
83
Lindy Duncan
3
70
77
147
83
Dayeon Lee
3
72
75
147
83
Jacqui Concolino
3
74
73
147
89
Nuria Iturrioz
4
76
72
148
89
Ai Suzuki
4
75
73
148
89
Amy Yang
4
73
75
148
89
Alena Sharp
4
74
74
148
89
Daniela Darquea
4
75
73
148
89
Emma Spitz (a)
4
76
72
148
89
Paula Creamer
4
73
75
148
89
Karrie Webb
4
75
73
148
89
Katja Pogacar
4
73
75
148
89
Chella Choi
4
75
73
148
99
Mi Hyang Lee
5
76
73
149
99
Eun-Hee Ji
5
74
75
149
99
Catriona Matthew
5
73
76
149
99
Mamiko Higa
5
75
74
149
99
Wei Ling Hsu
5
76
73
149
99
Christine Wolf
5
75
74
149
99
Amy Olson
5
73
76
149
99
Jennifer Song
5
75
74
149
99
Cydney Clanton
5
74
75
149
99
Whitney Hillier
5
71
78
149
109
Cristie Kerr
6
75
75
150
109
Jenny Haglund
6
75
75
150
109
Emily Toy (a)
6
76
74
150
109
Noora Komulainen
6
74
76
150
109
Meghan MacLaren
6
73
77
150
109
Celine Herbin
6
75
75
150
109
Inbee Park
6
75
75
150
109
Hye Jin Choi
6
73
77
150
117
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
7
72
79
151
117
Laura Fuenfstueck
7
76
75
151
117
Lauren Stephenson
7
75
76
151
117
Jennifer Kupcho
7
77
74
151
117
Marianne Skarpnord
7
73
78
151
117
Madelene Sagstrom
7
78
73
151
117
Tonje Daffinrud
7
78
73
151
124
Maria Fassi
8
76
76
152
124
Alice Hewson (a)
8
75
77
152
124
Nasa Hataoka
8
76
76
152
124
Mel Reid
8
77
75
152
124
Carly Booth
8
78
74
152
124
Sandra Gal
8
74
78
152
124
Ryann O Toole
8
77
75
152
124
Camilla Lennarth
8
75
77
152
124
Beth Allen
8
76
76
152
124
Mariah Stackhouse
8
77
75
152
134
Tiffany Joh
9
79
74
153
134
Frida Kinhult (a)
9
77
76
153
136
Stacy Lewis
10
78
76
154
136
Charlotte Thompson
10
77
77
154
136
Pernilla Lindberg
10
78
76
154
136
Ingrid Lindblad (a)
10
74
80
154
140
Lydia Ko
12
76
80
156
140
Esther Henseleit
12
78
78
156
140
Diksha Dagar
12
77
79
156
140
Kylie Henry
12
78
78
156
144
Laura Davies
13
82
75
157