AIG Women's British Open R4

Shibuno seals fairytale victory

August 01-04
Marquess’ course, Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire
$4,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Hinako Shibuno, the player known as the ‘Smiling Cinderella’, provided a fairytale finish to the 2019 AIG Women’s British Open to claim her maiden Major title in her first tournament outside her native Japan.

Women's British Open R4 - Shibuno seals fairytale victory
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The 20-year-old closed with a four-under-par 68 at Woburn for an 18-under total, one clear of American Lizette Salas, who earlier had equalled the lowest round of the week with a seven-under-par 65.

Shibuno was tied with Salas on 17 under coming up the last, and hit her approach to 20 feet. A player so inexperienced would have been forgiven for feeling the nerves as she walked up to the green, but she smiled and waved to the cheering crowds before calmly rolling in the putt for a remarkable victory.

Salas was left to rue a missed putt from five feet after a sublime approach to the par-four 18th, her effort lipping out to ultimately leave her in second place, one ahead of Korean Jin Young Ko, who closed with a 66.


The back nine produced fantastic drama on the final day, with two eagles, 21 birdies and only two dropped shots among the top seven players vying for the title.

Shibuno was two clear at the start of the day but gave the rest hope when she double-bogeyed the third on her way to a one-over-par front nine. For the second day running, however, she upped the ante on the way back, and five birdies meant she played the back nine in a combined 11 under par for the final two rounds.

“I can’t really describe with words right now what I’m feeling,” she said. “Last night, I knew I was going to be nervous, but then also I was thinking that I was going to cope in these situations, and when I was thinking about how nervous I was going to be, starting today, I didn’t really feel that nervous.

“I don’t think not many people, including me, like to be in a situation where you’re leading. I feel like it’s better to be behind than leading. That was true today and I was able to play easier when I was in that position.

“I was looking at the board all the time, and knew my position, where I stood in the tournament. That was also true before the putt on the 18th and I was also thinking about if I were to make this putt, how I was going to celebrate.

“Every time I would make a birdie putt or a par save, a lot of people got up their hands to high-five me, and that was a very happy feeling.”

Salas said: “I take away a lot of positives. We had a game plan at the beginning of the week and we stuck with it. We fought, every single day, and to play alongside the No. 1 player in the world (Jin Young Ko) and to play the way I did, I’m really happy.

Women's British Open R4 - Shibuno seals fairytale victory
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“Obviously I could have finished a little better, and it stings a little bit. You can’t control what other players do. I gave it my all and you know, to still come up short, it sucks, but we’ll be back.”

Asked what was going through her head as she prepared to hit the putt on the 18th, Salas replied: “I told myself, “You got this. You’re made for this.” I put a good stroke on it. I’m not going to lie; I was nervous. You know, I haven’t been in that position in a long time. Gave it a good stroke. I controlled all my thoughts. It just didn’t drop. So congrats to our winner.

Local hopes for a British winner faded early in the day, with Charley Hull and Bronte Law both closing with over-par rounds to finish tied 24th and tied 35th respectively. Defending champion Georgia Hall also had to settle for a share of 35th place after being in contention at the halfway stage.

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul won the Smith Salver as the leading amateur for the second year running.


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Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Hinako Shibuno
66 – 69 – 67 – 68
270
-18
$675,000
2
Lizette Salas
69 – 67 – 70 – 65
271
-17
$409,838
3
Jin Young Ko
68 – 70 – 68 – 66
272
-16
$297,309
4
Morgan Pressel
69 – 71 – 66 – 67
273
-15
$229,992
5
Ashleigh Buhai
65 – 67 – 72 – 70
274
-14
$185,118
6
Celine Boutier
71 – 66 – 73 – 66
276
-12
$151,459
7
Carlota Ciganda
69 – 69 – 69 – 70
277
-11
$126,777
8
Sung Hyun Park
67 – 70 – 68 – 73
278
-10
$111,072
T9
Nelly Korda
70 – 69 – 72 – 68
279
-9
$95,364
T9
Jeongeun Lee6
68 – 71 – 69 – 71
279
-9
$95,364
T11
Moriya Jutanugarn
67 – 74 – 70 – 69
280
-8
$74,090
T11
Minjee Lee
71 – 68 – 72 – 69
280
-8
$74,090
T11
Ariya Jutanugarn
68 – 70 – 72 – 70
280
-8
$74,090
T11
Anna Nordqvist
71 – 70 – 68 – 71
280
-8
$74,090
T11
Caroline Masson
69 – 68 – 72 – 71
280
-8
$74,090
T16
Lexi Thompson
71 – 70 – 73 – 67
281
-7
$56,096
T16
Hannah Green
73 – 71 – 68 – 69
281
-7
$56,096
T16
Teresa Lu
73 – 70 – 69 – 69
281
-7
$56,096
T16
Marina Alex
69 – 70 – 72 – 70
281
-7
$56,096
T16
Jing Yan
71 – 70 – 67 – 73
281
-7
$56,096
T21
Su Oh
72 – 72 – 72 – 66
282
-6
$48,019
T21
Ayako Uehara
70 – 74 – 70 – 68
282
-6
$48,019
T21
Ally McDonald
72 – 70 – 71 – 69
282
-6
$48,019
T24
Maria Torres
72 – 71 – 73 – 67
283
-5
$41,287
T24
Hyo Joo Kim
71 – 70 – 71 – 71
283
-5
$41,287
T24
Sei Young Kim
70 – 73 – 68 – 72
283
-5
$41,287
T24
Sakura Yokomine
70 – 73 – 67 – 73
283
-5
$41,287
T24
Charley Hull
67 – 70 – 70 – 76
283
-5
$41,287
T29
Angela Stanford
73 – 72 – 69 – 70
284
-4
$33,882
T29
Yu Liu
72 – 71 – 71 – 70
284
-4
$33,882
T29
Olivia Cowan
73 – 67 – 73 – 71
284
-4
$33,882
T29
Brittany Altomare
73 – 71 – 67 – 73
284
-4
$33,882
T29
Atthaya Thitikul (a)
73 – 68 – 70 – 73
284
-4
$0
T29
Pavarisa Yoktuan
73 – 67 – 70 – 74
284
-4
$33,882
T35
In Gee Chun
70 – 75 – 70 – 70
285
-3
$27,038
T35
Angel Yin
74 – 70 – 71 – 70
285
-3
$27,038
T35
Minami Katsu
70 – 74 – 70 – 71
285
-3
$27,038
T35
Georgia Hall
69 – 69 – 74 – 73
285
-3
$27,038
T35
Kristen Gillman
71 – 74 – 66 – 74
285
-3
$27,038
T35
Bronte Law
70 – 67 – 70 – 78
285
-3
$27,038
T41
Azahara Munoz
73 – 71 – 72 – 70
286
-2
$22,439
T41
Brooke M. Henderson
69 – 71 – 74 – 72
286
-2
$22,439
T41
Danielle Kang
66 – 72 – 75 – 73
286
-2
$22,439
T44
Anne van Dam
72 – 72 – 72 – 71
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Caroline Hedwall
74 – 68 – 74 – 71
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Pornanong Phatlum
73 – 72 – 69 – 73
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Mirim Lee
72 – 71 – 71 – 73
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Megan Khang
67 – 74 – 73 – 73
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Jessica Korda
72 – 72 – 69 – 74
287
-1
$18,431
T44
Jeong Eun Lee
70 – 71 – 70 – 76
287
-1
$18,431
T51
Sarah Schmelzel
73 – 72 – 73 – 70
288
E
$14,585
T51
Momoko Ueda
75 – 69 – 72 – 72
288
E
$14,585
T51
Cheyenne Knight
73 – 71 – 72 – 72
288
E
$14,585
T51
Xiyu Lin
74 – 69 – 73 – 72
288
E
$14,585
T51
In-Kyung Kim
69 – 71 – 76 – 72
288
E
$14,585
T51
Jenny Shin
69 – 73 – 70 – 76
288
E
$14,585
T57
Jasmine Suwannapura
72 – 72 – 72 – 73
289
1
$12,789
T57
Annie Park
73 – 70 – 72 – 74
289
1
$12,789
T59
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
73 – 70 – 75 – 72
290
2
$12,116
T59
Yuka Yasuda (a)
73 – 70 – 70 – 77
290
2
$0
T61
Austin Ernst
76 – 68 – 74 – 73
291
3
$11,295
T61
Brittany Lang
71 – 72 – 72 – 76
291
3
$11,295
T61
Karolin Lampert
73 – 71 – 70 – 77
291
3
$11,295
T64
Charlotte Thomas
72 – 73 – 74 – 73
292
4
$10,546
T64
Mi Jung Hur
71 – 73 – 74 – 74
292
4
$10,546
T64
Linnea Strom
70 – 74 – 74 – 74
292
4
$10,546
T67
Mariajo Uribe
73 – 72 – 75 – 73
293
5
$9,984
T67
Nicole Broch Larsen
72 – 70 – 74 – 77
293
5
$9,984
69
Annabel Dimmock
75 – 70 – 75 – 74
294
6
$9,650
T70
Gerina Piller
71 – 72 – 77 – 75
295
7
$9,311
T70
Sarah Kemp
72 – 70 – 75 – 78
295
7
$9,311
72
Felicity Johnson
76 – 69 – 79 – 75
299
11
$8,977
CUT
Pajaree Anannarukarn
76 – 70
2
$0
CUT
Katherine Kirk
76 – 70
2
$0
CUT
Lina Boqvist
75 – 71
2
$0
CUT
Shanshan Feng
75 – 71
2
$0
CUT
So Yeon Ryu
73 – 73
2
$0
CUT
Lynn Carlsson
72 – 74
2
$0
CUT
Karine Icher
71 – 75
2
$0
CUT
Gaby Lopez
71 – 75
2
$0
CUT
Haeji Kang
70 – 76
2
$0
CUT
Agathe Sauzon
69 – 77
2
$0
CUT
Jacqui Concolino
74 – 73
3
$0
CUT
Valentine Derrey
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Da Yeon Lee
72 – 75
3
$0
CUT
Gabriella Cowley
71 – 76
3
$0
CUT
Lindy Duncan
70 – 77
3
$0
CUT
Nuria Iturrioz
76 – 72
4
$0
CUT
Emma Spitz (a)
76 – 72
4
$0
CUT
Chella Choi
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Daniela Darquea
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Ai Suzuki
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Karrie Webb
75 – 73
4
$0
CUT
Alena Sharp
74 – 74
4
$0
CUT
Paula Creamer
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Katja Pogacar
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Amy Yang
73 – 75
4
$0
CUT
Wei-Ling Hsu
76 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Mi Hyang Lee
76 – 73
5
$0
CUT
Mamiko Higa
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Jennifer Song
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Christine Wolf
75 – 74
5
$0
CUT
Cydney Clanton
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Eun-Hee Ji
74 – 75
5
$0
CUT
Catriona Matthew
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Amy Olson
73 – 76
5
$0
CUT
Whitney Hillier
71 – 78
5
$0
CUT
Emily Toy (a)
76 – 74
6
$0
CUT
Jenny Haglund
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Celine Herbin
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Cristie Kerr
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Inbee Park
75 – 75
6
$0
CUT
Noora Komulainen
74 – 76
6
$0
CUT
Hye-Jin Choi
73 – 77
6
$0
CUT
Meghan MacLaren
73 – 77
6
$0
CUT
Tonje Daffinrud
78 – 73
7
$0
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
78 – 73
7
$0
CUT
Jennifer Kupcho
77 – 74
7
$0
CUT
Laura Fuenfstueck
76 – 75
7
$0
CUT
Lauren Stephenson
75 – 76
7
$0
CUT
Marianne Skarpnord
73 – 78
7
$0
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
72 – 79
7
$0
CUT
Carly Booth
78 – 74
8
$0
CUT
Ryann O’Toole
77 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Mel Reid
77 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
77 – 75
8
$0
CUT
Beth Allen
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Maria Fassi
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Nasa Hataoka
76 – 76
8
$0
CUT
Alice Hewson (a)
75 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Camilla Lennarth
75 – 77
8
$0
CUT
Sandra Gal
74 – 78
8
$0
CUT
Tiffany Joh
79 – 74
9
$0
CUT
Frida Kinhult (a)
77 – 76
9
$0
CUT
Stacy Lewis
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Pernilla Lindberg
78 – 76
10
$0
CUT
Charlotte Thompson
77 – 77
10
$0
CUT
Ingrid Lindblad (a)
74 – 80
10
$0
CUT
Kylie Henry
78 – 78
12
$0
CUT
Esther Henseleit
78 – 78
12
$0
CUT
Diksha Dagar
77 – 79
12
$0
CUT
Lydia Ko
76 – 80
12
$0
CUT
Laura Davies
82 – 75
13
$0