Golf Champ Shibuno Back In Japan

Golf champ Shibuno back in Japan

Rookie golfer Hinako Shibuno has returned to Japan after her victory at the Women's British Open.

The 20-year-old became the first Japanese golfer in 42 years to win a major golf title overseas.

Shibuno spoke to reporters upon her arrival at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Tuesday.

She said the scale of her achievement has not yet sunk in, but she expects the feeling to come gradually.

Asked about the moment of victory, Shibuno said she was so stunned that tears didn't come out, even though she put her hand to her face to cry.

Shibuno said she's happy with the nickname, "Smiling Cinderella." She said that because golf is about performing for the gallery, the fans can't enjoy the game unless players enjoy it too. She also said that a smile is universal, and that she felt smiling and making efforts will lead to results.

Shibuno has shot up in world rankings to 14th from last week's 46th.

Asked if she wants to compete in next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo, Shibuno said she's now eager to do so and aim for the gold medal.