Where to Watch
Sunday, August 4 – Final Round
Golf Channel 7:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. ET
NBC 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. ET
Hinako Shibuno (-14) and Ashleigh Buhai (-12) 2:35 P.M. Local Time
The final round of the AIG Women’s British Open is shaping up to be a Cinderella story. Hinako Shibuno, a 20-year-old rookie on the JLPGA who is competing in her first major championship, carded a back nine 6-under par, 30 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. Shibuno is a two-time winner this season on the JLPGA, including the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, a major on the JLPGA. Shibuno's effervescent personality and constant smiling earned her the nickname “Smiling Cinderella.” Sunday, she’ll look to complete her fairytale ending alongside Ashleigh Buhai, who led the championship through the first 36-holes. Buhai is also looking for her first major title and first victory on the LPGA Tour. She carded a round of Even par, 72 and relinquished the three-stroke lead she held at the start of the day. For Buhai, her biggest challenging will be battling the ongoing nerves she’s admittedly struggled to deal with in prior events.
In the Hunt
The duo at the top of the leaderboard will have to hold off a pack of major champions lurking within striking distance of the lead.
Sung Hyun Park, a two-time major champion, sits just three-strokes back after a third round 68. Morgan Pressel, who is looking to win a second major championship and return to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2008, sits four-strokes back after a 6-under par, 66 on moving day vaulted her into contention.
Jin Young Ko, already a two-time major champion, will be chasing history on Sunday as she looks to become just the fifth player on Tour to win three major championships in a single season. She sits four-strokes back along with Lizette Salas, who is in the hunt for her first major title.
Carlota Ciganda, who was the closest contender for much of the day on Saturday, stumbled to five-strokes back after a double-bogey on the final hole. She sits at 9-under par along with Charley Hull and Bronte Law.
Numbers to Know
6 – The number of players on the LPGA and PGA Tours who have won three majors in a single season (Babe Zaharias, Ben Hogan, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Tiger Woods and Inbee Park)
-19 – The lowest winning total at the AIG Women’s British Open, shot by Karrie Webb in 1997 and Karen Stupples in 2004
1 – The number of players who are bogey-free for the week (Bronte Law)
66 – The low round carded on moving day, recorded by Morgan Pressel and Kristen Gillman