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Ashleigh Buhai wins Women's Open after playoff for first major title

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After seeing a 5-shot lead slip away in the final round, Ashleigh Buhai still managed to secure a first major title at the Women's Open.

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Buhai kept her composure to beat In Gee Chun -- and the setting sun -- in a playoff at Muirfield on Sunday for her first career victory in an LPGA Tour event.

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With the light fading, the South African golfer made a superb bunker shot on the fourth playoff hole to leave herself with a short par putt, while Chun settled for a bogey.

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Buhai calmly rolled in from less than 3 feet and then clutched her face in relief, before being drenched in water and other beverages by her entourage.

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"I was surprisingly calm,'' Buhai said about the clutch bunker shot that secured the victory. "My caddie said to me on the last one, I don't want to brag, but she said, 'Show them why you're No. 1 in bunkers this year.

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So, you know, she gave me the confidence. Maybe it's got something to do with Muirfield and South Africans and bunker shots.''

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Ernie Els also won the men's Open in a playoff at Muirfield in 2002 after a memorable bunker shot during the final round.

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This was the first time the Women's Open was played at Muirfield, a club that didn't even allow female members until 2019 following a vote two years earlier.

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