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Women's British Open uncovers Japanese star Shibuno

The classy swing od Hinako Shibuno in action today (Photo: Getty Images Richard Heathcoate)
The name Hinako Shibuno may not be all that familiar to the wider golfing world but in her homeland of Japan she is already a star with a golf swing to die for and plenty of success already for the 20-year old.

Tomorrow she will attempt to win not only her first LPGA Tour title but her first major championship when she takes a two-shot lead over South Africa’ s Ashleigh Buhai into the final round of the Women’s British Open at the Woburn Golf Club.

Shibuno added a third round of 67 to move past the 36-hole leader, Buhai, a final nine of 30 sweeping her into the lead after she had struggled to the turn in one over 37.

Currently in second place on the JLPGA Tour’s money list behind only Jiyai Shin, Shibuno has already established her credentials there and tomorrow she gets the chance to show the golfing world the just how good she is.

Sung Hyun Park is another shot back at 11 under and three from the lead while amongst those at 10 under is world number one, Jin Young Ko, ensuring Shibuno will need to be at her very best if she is to hold off two of the game’s current best to win the prestigious title.

Of the Australians Minjee Lee worked her way into the tournament with a second round of 68 but she was unable to make any further progress today, a round of 72 having her in a share of 18th place as the event heads into the final round.

Hannah Green made good ground yesterday with her round of 68 and she is now just one shot behind Lee with Sarah Kemp and Su Oh, the only other Australians to make the cut, further back.





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