20 - Year - Old Shibuno Wins Women's Final Golf Major


20-year-old Shibuno wins women's final golf major

Japanese rookie golfer Hinako Shibuno has won the Women's British Open with 18-under. The 20 year old is only the second Japanese to win golf's major title and the first to do so in 42 years.

It was her first overseas competition. She has won two domestic tour titles this season.

She was the sole leader going into the final round on Sunday with 14-under, two shots ahead of the runner-up.

She slipped to third place on the front nine, but birdied on the 10th, 12th, 13th , and 15th holes to tie front-runner Lizette Salas. Shibuno birdied again on the 18th to beat Salas by one shot.

The only other Japanese golfer to accomplish the feat was Hisako Higuchi, who won the US LPGA Championships in 1977.

After winning, Shibuno said she cannot describe with words how she feels, adding she has too many goose bumps.

She said she felt as if she was playing in Japan because she heard someone speaking Japanese. She said she was a bit nervous in the first half but became more relaxed on the back-nine, including her birdie putt on the 18th. She said she was determined to win with a birdie.