AIG Women's British Open R3

‘Smiling Cinderella’ Shibuno leads by two at Woburn

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


Twenty-year-old Hinako Shibuno of Japan will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the AIG Women’s British Open after a brilliant back nine at Woburn on day three.

Women's British Open R3 - ‘Smiling Cinderella’ Shibuno leads by two at Woburn
Japan’s Hinako Shibuno on the 5th tee at Woburn Golf Club. Steven Paston/PA Wire.

In front of 14,000-strong crowds lining the Marquess’ course, Shibuno reached the turn in one over par but came alive on the way in with six birdies – including consecutive gains at 17 and 18 – setting up a sizzling 67, taking her to -14 under for the tournament. It was seriously impressive stuff from the JLPGA rookie playing her first tournament outside her native Japan.

Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa led for most of the day but bogeyed the par four 16th to slip back, and a 72 left her on 12 under overall.

Korean Sung Hyun Park (68) is another shot back in third, with American duo Morgan Pressel (66) and Lizette Salas (70) tied fourth alongside Jin Young Ko (68).


Spaniard Carlota Ciganda was left to rue a double birdie at the 18th which dropped her to nine under, the same mark as local favourite Charley Hull and her fellow Englishwoman Bronte Law, who both shot 70.

Shibuno has never played outside Japan before and only left her country for the first time last year when she went to practise in Thailand. She is known in the Japanese media as the ‘Smiling Cinderella’.

“It’s definitely exceeding my expectations,” she said. “I came here wanting to make the cut, so right now I feel like I’m doing something very incredible. It’s more like a Japanese golf course, so maybe that’s why it’s going so well.”

Buhai was philosophical about her round and admitted she often performs better when not leading from the front.

“I hit so many good shots on that front side,” said the 30-year-old. “I only turned in two under but I had so many chances. A few putts were just a bit short and unfortunately on the back side, I just got a little rattled.

“I kind of felt like I just lost a bit of composure in my rhythm a little bit but I hit some good shots on the last two holes. A lot of my wins have been come-from-behind. I always feel better chasing. I think I had a four shot lead at one stage, but I didn’t let that bother me or get to me. I think during a four-round tournament, everybody is going to have a little wobble in their round somewhere.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Hinako Shibuno
-14
66
69
67
202
2
Ashleigh Buhai
-12
65
67
72
204
3
Sung Hyun Park
-11
67
70
68
205
T4
Morgan Pressel
-10
69
71
66
206
T4
Jin Young Ko
-10
68
70
68
206
T4
Lizette Salas
-10
69
67
70
206
T7
Carlota Ciganda
-9
69
69
69
207
T7
Bronte Law
-9
70
67
70
207
T7
Charley Hull
-9
67
70
70
207
T10
Jing Yan
-8
71
70
67
208
T10
Jeongeun Lee6
-8
68
71
69
208
T12
Anna Nordqvist
-7
71
70
68
209
T12
Caroline Masson
-7
69
68
72
209
T14
Sakura Yokomine
-6
70
73
67
210
T14
Pavarisa Yoktuan
-6
73
67
70
210
T14
Ariya Jutanugarn
-6
68
70
72
210
T14
Celine Boutier
-6
71
66
73
210
T18
Kristen Gillman
-5
71
74
66
211
T18
Brittany Altomare
-5
73
71
67
211
T18
Sei Young Kim
-5
70
73
68
211
T18
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
-5
73
68
70
211
T18
Jeong Eun Lee
-5
70
71
70
211
T18
Moriya Jutanugarn
-5
67
74
70
211
T18
Minjee Lee
-5
71
68
72
211
T18
Nelly Korda
-5
70
69
72
211
T18
Marina Alex
-5
69
70
72
211
T27
Hannah Green
-4
73
71
68
212
T27
Teresa Lu
-4
73
70
69
212
T27
Jenny Shin
-4
69
73
70
212
T27
Hyo Joo Kim
-4
71
70
71
212
T27
Georgia Hall
-4
69
69
74
212
T32
Jessica Korda
-3
72
72
69
213
T32
Yuka Yasuda (a)
-3
73
70
70
213
T32
Ally McDonald
-3
72
70
71
213
T32
Olivia Cowan
-3
73
67
73
213
T32
Danielle Kang
-3
66
72
75
213
T37
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
73
72
69
214
T37
Angela Stanford
-2
73
72
69
214
T37
Karolin Lampert
-2
73
71
70
214
T37
Ayako Uehara
-2
70
74
70
214
T37
Minami Katsu
-2
70
74
70
214
T37
Mirim Lee
-2
72
71
71
214
T37
Yu Liu
-2
72
71
71
214
T37
Lexi Thompson
-2
71
70
73
214
T37
Megan Khang
-2
67
74
73
214
T37
Brooke M. Henderson
-2
69
71
74
214
T47
In Gee Chun
-1
70
75
70
215
T47
Angel Yin
-1
74
70
71
215
T47
Annie Park
-1
73
70
72
215
T47
Brittany Lang
-1
71
72
72
215
T51
Momoko Ueda
E
75
69
72
216
T51
Cheyenne Knight
E
73
71
72
216
T51
Azahara Munoz
E
73
71
72
216
T51
Anne van Dam
E
72
72
72
216
T51
Su Oh
E
72
72
72
216
T51
Jasmine Suwannapura
E
72
72
72
216
T51
Xiyu Lin
E
74
69
73
216
T51
Maria Torres
E
72
71
73
216
T51
Caroline Hedwall
E
74
68
74
216
T51
Nicole Broch Larsen
E
72
70
74
216
T51
In-Kyung Kim
E
69
71
76
216
62
Sarah Kemp
1
72
70
75
217
T63
Sarah Schmelzel
2
73
72
73
218
T63
Austin Ernst
2
76
68
74
218
T63
Mi Jung Hur
2
71
73
74
218
T63
Linnea Strom
2
70
74
74
218
T63
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
2
73
70
75
218
68
Charlotte Thomas
3
72
73
74
219
T69
Annabel Dimmock
4
75
70
75
220
T69
Mariajo Uribe
4
73
72
75
220
T69
Gerina Piller
4
71
72
77
220
72
Felicity Johnson
8
76
69
79
224
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
2
76
70
CUT
Katherine Kirk
2
76
70
CUT
Lina Boqvist
2
75
71
CUT
Shanshan Feng
2
75
71
CUT
So Yeon Ryu
2
73
73
CUT
Lynn Carlsson
2
72
74
CUT
Karine Icher
2
71
75
CUT
Gaby Lopez
2
71
75
CUT
Haeji Kang
2
70
76
CUT
Agathe Sauzon
2
69
77
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
3
74
73
CUT
Valentine Derrey
3
72
75
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
3
72
75
CUT
Da Yeon Lee
3
72
75
CUT
Gabriella Cowley
3
71
76
CUT
Lindy Duncan
3
70
77
CUT
Nuria Iturrioz
4
76
72
CUT
Emma Spitz (a)
4
76
72
CUT
Chella Choi
4
75
73
CUT
Daniela Darquea
4
75
73
CUT
Ai Suzuki
4
75
73
CUT
Karrie Webb
4
75
73
CUT
Alena Sharp
4
74
74
CUT
Paula Creamer
4
73
75
CUT
Katja Pogacar
4
73
75
CUT
Amy Yang
4
73
75
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
5
76
73
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
5
76
73
CUT
Mamiko Higa
5
75
74
CUT
Jennifer Song
5
75
74
CUT
Christine Wolf
5
75
74
CUT
Cydney Clanton
5
74
75
CUT
Eun-Hee Ji
5
74
75
CUT
Catriona Matthew
5
73
76
CUT
Amy Olson
5
73
76
CUT
Whitney Hillier
5
71
78
CUT
Emily Toy (a)
6
76
74
CUT
Jenny Haglund
6
75
75
CUT
Celine Herbin
6
75
75
CUT
Cristie Kerr
6
75
75
CUT
Inbee Park
6
75
75
CUT
Noora Komulainen
6
74
76
CUT
Hye-Jin Choi
6
73
77
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
6
73
77
CUT
Tonje Daffinrud
7
78
73
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
7
78
73
CUT
Jennifer Kupcho
7
77
74
CUT
Laura Fuenfstueck
7
76
75
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
7
75
76
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
7
73
78
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
7
72
79
CUT
Carly Booth
8
78
74
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
8
77
75
CUT
Mel Reid
8
77
75
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
8
77
75
CUT
Beth Allen
8
76
76
CUT
Maria Fassi
8
76
76
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
8
76
76
CUT
Alice Hewson (a)
8
75
77
CUT
Camilla Lennarth
8
75
77
CUT
Sandra Gal
8
74
78
CUT
Tiffany Joh
9
79
74
CUT
Frida Kinhult (a)
9
77
76
CUT
Stacy Lewis
10
78
76
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
10
78
76
CUT
Charlotte Thompson
10
77
77
CUT
Ingrid Lindblad (a)
10
74
80
CUT
Kylie Henry
12
78
78
CUT
Esther Henseleit
12
78
78
CUT
Diksha Dagar
12
77
79
CUT
Lydia Ko
12
76
80
CUT
Laura Davies
13
82
75