Buhai battles with closing 76 in Honda LPGA Thailand

Mar 13, 2022 | Featured, South Africans abroad

After pulling things together with a third-round of three-under-par 69, Ashleigh Buhai battled her way to a closing four-under-par 76 on Sunday to finish 66th in the LPGA Tour’s Honda LPGA Thailand.

In the 67-player field, that left Buhai bringing up the rear after the withdrawal of Australia’s Sarah Kemp who had a first-round 80 before she pulled out.

Buhai started the tournament poorly with a 77, but her middle two rounds of 70 and 69 pulled her back into a position from which a good final round would have given her s a solid finish.

The tournament was won by Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen, who captured the title with an eagle on the first play-off hole to become the first LPGA Tour winner from Denmark. She outlasted a hard-fought battle with China’s Xiyu Lin, draining a 10-foot putt to take the title.

“It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true,” said Koerstz Madsen, an LPGA Tour member since 2018. “It was a crazy day; a lot of good things. It was actually fun playing the playoff with (Xiyu) at the end. I’m really excited to be standing with the trophy right now.”

Koerstz Madsen and Lin finished at 26-under overall to set a new tournament scoring record, breaking the mark of 25-under set by Jessica Korda in 2018.

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