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AIG Women’s Open: Ashleigh Buhai takes five ahead and closes in on major win at Muirfield |  Golf News

Buhai mixed eight birdies with a single bogey to build a decisive lead, with former big winners In Gee Chun and Hinako Shibuno in the chasing pack; Watch the AIG Women’s Open live Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Golf and the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel

Last update: 06/08/22 20:00

Ashleigh Buhai is in pole position to win a first major title

Ashleigh Buhai produced a brilliant barrage of birdies to take a five-shot lead in the final round of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield.

Buhai birdied five in a six-hole streak on his way to a stunning seven under 64, adding three more birdies on the back nine before a birdie on the final hole set the clubhouse goal at 14 under .

The 33-year-old holds a considerable advantage over 2019 champion Hinako Shibuno and overnight leader In Gee Chun, who both share second place on nine under, with seven-time major champion Inbee Park sharing fourth place with the Swedish Madelene Sagstrom.

AIG Women’s Open: Ashleigh Buhai takes five ahead and closes in on major win at Muirfield |  Golf News

In Gee Chun aiming for second big win of the season

Chun started the day with a one-shot lead and held a clutch putt to save par at first, only to lose his outright advantage when Buhai – playing in the group up front – birdied the par-four second.

Buhai birdied in the fourth to tie Chun, who had landed a shot in the second, with both players taking advantage of the par five fifth to keep the pair tied at the top with 10 under.

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The South African holed from close range in the sixth and tapped in the seventh after a brilliant approach that set up a fourth straight birdie, with Buhai making an impressive par-save in the eighth and two shots from wide at par-five ninth. to reach turn two ahead.

Buhai started his nine with a 20-foot birdie in the 10th, which gave him a four-stroke advantage when Chun missed from inside three feet to complete a three-putt bogey in the ninth.

AIG Women’s Open: Ashleigh Buhai takes five ahead and closes in on major win at Muirfield |  Golf News

Buhai will play alongside Hinako Shibuno on the final day, a repeat of the final round pairing in 2019

A series of two-putt pars down the back nine put Buhai in control of the tournament, with the lead increasing to five when Chun hit a clumsy chip from the 15th green and made his second bogey of the round.

Buhai stepped in from behind the 17th green to record an eighth birdie of the day and make it a clear six, with her only blemish of the day coming when she failed to get up and down from the rough at the last par-four.

Chun mixed three birdies with two bogeys to post a third-round 70 and move to nine-under alongside Shibuno, who produced a back-nine 31 to bolster her hopes of a second AIG Women’s Open title.

Last month’s Evian Championship winner Brooke Henderson is four under and Charley Hull is another blow back, while Ireland’s Leona Maguire heads into the final day tied for 19th alongside former world No. 1 Lydia Ko and English duo Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff on two below.

Who will win the AIG Women’s Open? Watch the final round live on Sunday from 1pm on Sky Sports Golf and – for free – on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel.

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