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Women's British Open 2019: Hinako Shibuno Edges Lizette Salas for Win

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2019

WOBURN, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Hinako Shibuno of Japan enjoys a snack on the 16th fairway during Day Four of the AIG Women's British Open at Woburn Golf Club on August 04, 2019 in Woburn, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Hinako Shibuno won the 2019 Women's British Open after finishing 18 under par on the Marquess' Course at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes, England, on Sunday.

The winner carded 68 to finish one shot ahead of Lizette Salas and earn a $675,000 (£540,000) share of the $4.5 million (£3.6 million) prize money available.

   

Final Leaderboard (To Par, Round 4 Score and Payouts, per Golf News Net)

1. Hinako Shibuno: -18, 68 ($675,000 £540,000)

2. Lizette Salas: -17, 65 ($412,607 £339,311)

3. Jin Young Ko: -16, 66 ($299,317 £246,146)

4. Morgan Pressel: -15, 67 ($231,545 £190,413)

5. Ashleigh Buhai: -14, 70 ($186,369 £153,262)

The full leaderboard can be found at the LPGA's official website.

Salas began in fine form by sinking birdies over the first two holes, before a bogey on the par-three sixth appeared to slow her progress. The 30-year-old's response was a brilliant hat-trick of birdies to bridge the front and back nines.

LPGA @LPGA

.@LizetteSalas5 gets her third birdie in-a-row to get to 16-under! She now has a two-shot lead over Jin Young Ko and Hinako Shibuno! @AIGWBO | @NBC https://t.co/XArWGmG94l

While Sala looked in control, Ko wasn't backing down. She sunk birdies on three of the first four holes on the back nine.

Ko was bogey-free over 13 holes, an efficient run good enough to keep her in touch at the top:

LPGA @LPGA

Jin Young Ko gets her 6th birdie of the day to take a share of the lead with Lizette Salas @AIGWBO. Will she win her third​ major of the season? Tune in @NBC to find out! https://t.co/tIjeF5Bw7G

Among those keeping the pressure on the joint-leaders was Morgan Pressel. She only managed a single birdie over the front nine, but things improved on the second half of the course.

Pressel managed an eagle on the par-five 11th, before birdies at the 13th and 14th:

LPGA @LPGA

.@mpressel eagles 11 to get to 13-under and 3 back of leader Lizette Salas @AIGWBO! https://t.co/LhjuGsbONg

Things were becoming congested at the business end of the leaderboard, but Salas seized the chance to separate herself from the pack at the par-five 15th.

Her deft putt to complete birdie once again gave the American sole ownership of first place:

AIG Women’s British Open @AIGWBO

Lizette Salas takes the solo lead at #AIGWBO - Can she hold on!? https://t.co/KarpljUPPz

Shibuno was also making her move after she recovered from a double bogey on the par-four third. She made an eagle at the eighth, before sinking a trio of birdies over the four holes of the back nine.

Ko and Shibuno were now locked in a tie for second, but the latter soon joined Salas at the top thanks to this birdie at the 15th:

AIG Women’s British Open @AIGWBO

Shibuno ties the lead!! #AIGWBO https://t.co/xyJ5zDromO

Salas' response was to close out with pars over the last three holes. However, she missed a birdie putt on the 18th that would have put her out of sight.

LPGA @LPGA

How does that not drop?! @LizetteSalas5 makes par and takes the clubhouse lead at 17-under. She's tied with Hinako Shibuno who is on the 18th tee. https://t.co/K8ASJ9xGwB

The birdie that was meant to be gave Shibuno the opportunity, but she couldn't take it. Instead, the 20-year-old wasted a birdie putt and settled for par on the 17th.

Shibuno knew a birdie on the 18th would give her the title and made a great start to completing the hole:

AIG Women’s British Open @AIGWBO

Shibuno's brilliant approach to the 18th green here at Woburn! #AIGWBO https://t.co/B0BLSLhGpv

It left her with a straightforward putt to claim the championship after a superb 31-shot performance over the back nine.