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On Mon August 8 2022, by Secretary

AIG Women's Open: Ashleigh Buhai Defeats In Gee Chun in Play-off at Muirfield to Win Maiden Major

Buhai defeated Chun in the fourth play-off hole at Muirfield after a remarkable major Sunday; 2019 champion Hinako Shibuno finished a shot back in third, while Ireland's Leona Maguire posted a round-of-the-day 66 to finish tied-fourth with world No 2 Minjee Lee and Madelene Sagstrom.

 

 

Ashleigh Buhai recovered from throwing away a five-shot lead to secure a dramatic play-off victory and maiden major title at the AIG Women’s Open.

The South African took a five-shot lead into the final day at Muirfield and remained three ahead until a triple-bogey at the par-four 15th dropped her level with three-time major winner In Gee Chun.

Chun closed a one-under 70 and set the clubhouse target at 10 under, as Buhai saved par on her final three holes to salvage a four-over 75 and take the contest to extra holes.

The pair returned to the par-four 18th for the play-off, where both posted pars on the first extra hole, bogeyed the second and missed birdie looks at the third, before a brilliant par at the fourth play-off hole secured Buhai the biggest win of her career.

Buhai made a clutch par-save at the first but failed to get up and down to avoid a dropped shot at the next, as Chun - playing in the group ahead - made birdies at the second and fourth holes to cut her lead to two shots.

Hinako Shibuno responded to back-to-back three-putts from the third to make a long-range eagle at the fifth and move to 10 under, where Buhai splashed out of the sand to make a close-range birdie, while Chun birdied the sixth to close the gap to two.

Buhai's lead reduced to one when she found a bunker off the ninth tee on her way to bogeying the par-five, as Shibuno made birdie to cancel out the previous-hole bogey, while Chun fell three behind after bogeys at the 10th and 12th.

A run of pars on the back nine - including a brilliant save at the 14th - kept Buhai in control, only to blow the contest open with a series of errors on the par-four 15th. Buhai hacked out of a fairway bunker into the rough and barely advanced her ball with her next effort, then missed the green with her fourth shot and two-putted for a triple-bogey seven.

The error from Buhai left her locked on 10 under with Chun, with both players missing birdie opportunities at the par-five 17th and two-putting on the final hole to take the contest to sudden death.

Buhai made a two-putt par on the first extra hole, where Chun produced a spectacular up and down from the greenside bunker, while Chun then holed from eight feet to scramble a bogey at the next after Buhai had failed to save par from the sand.

Both players failed to convert birdie chances from inside 20 feet on the third extra hole, while Chun bogeyed the fourth play-off hole after finding sand from the tee to allow Buhai to snatch victory when a spectacular bunker shot set up a close-range par for the win.

On Thu August 4 2022, by Secretary

Ryder Cup 2023: Luke Donald Named as Henrik Stenson's Successor to Captain Team Europe in Italy

Luke Donald has been confirmed as Henrik Stenson’s replacement to captain Europe’s 2023 Ryder Cup team in Italy.

Stenson was initially appointed Ryder Cup captain in March, only to be stripped of the role last month after electing to join several of his former Ryder Cup team-mates in signing up for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.

 

 
Donald has featured in four winning Ryder Cup teams and served as a vice-captain for the last two editions of the biennial contest, with the former world No 1 now given the task of trying to regain the trophy for Europe on home soil.

"Obviously I was disappointed back in March not to get the call," Donald told Sky Sports News. "They went with Henrik, and I understand Henrik has a great Ryder Cub record himself and was a vice-captain last year in Whistling Straits.

"It wasn't to be and obviously a lot has transpired in the last few months. We all know what's happened and obviously extremely grateful and honoured and excited to be given this opportunity.

"This is a second opportunity, I suppose, but being Ryder Cup captain is a little bit like a lifetime achievement award for me and something I'm certainly looking forward to the journey for the next 14 months."

Marco Simone Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of Rome will host the event from September 29-October 1 next year, live on Sky Sports' dedicated Ryder Cup channel, where Europe will be looking to avenge their record-breaking 19-9 loss at Whistling Straits in 2020.

On Thu August 4 2022, by Secretary

Heart Research UK is Recommending that you Play Golf

The UK’s second largest heart charity, Heart Research UK, has started recommending that people aged 65 or older should play golf in order to reduce their chances of developing heart disease.

In an email sent to its database about how the elderly can improve their heart health, the organisation recommends exercise, and specifically golf, which can improve weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

“Do what you enjoy and start small,” it states.

“Increments of 10 minutes of activity are all you need to kick-start your active lifestyle. Make your 10 minute sessions add up to 30 minutes a day at least five days per week to make a real difference to your heart health. Exercise can be anything that makes your heart beat faster, your body slightly warm and breathing quicker.

“Golf can be a great benefit to your health in later years and can add some serious foot mileage into your week.

“You may find other benefits of regular golf too, such as a reduced waist size, weight loss and improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels.”

 

 Last year the walking benefits of playing an 18-hole round at least once a week was investigated by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University, which found that people who play the game regularly are 30 per cent less likely to experience coronary heart disease than those who don’t.

And in 2016 several employees of BT gave a ringing endorsement to golf after the company funded an event for them thanks to a British Heart Foundation newsletter.

The charity’s health-for-work newsletter promoted golf, and the work of the ‘Get into golf’ campaign, as an activity due to its physical and mental wellbeing benefits. Staff at telecommunications giant BT saw the email, and concluded that golf seemed perfect for BT’s ‘Fit for Life’ programme, designed to help BT employees become healthy and active, raise money for charity and help in the community, and decided to therefore offer the sport to its employees in the north east.

“A round of golf can involve walking up to five miles and burning around 900 calories. Golf also helps you relax, reduces stress and encourages you to spend time with friends out in the fresh air,” said BT senior nursing advisor Jo Jenkins

“Worldwide, the number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050, which unfortunately is bringing about a growing number of preventable diseases and physical disability,” adds Heart Research UK.

“While you can’t do anything about growing old, you can do things to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.

“Moderate physical activity such as brisk walking can significantly reduce the risk of death. Add to your golden years with recreation that is fun and heart healthy and enjoy an old age filled with good health and vitality that’s free from disability and heart disease.”