After a stellar third round of -7, Ashleigh Buhai found herself in a playoff and staring at a potential first LPGA Tour victory. Despite not taking the victory, Buhai certainly sees positives in her day at Columbia Edgewater.
“I just got to keep doing what I'm doing with my swing. I felt very confident this week,” said Buhai, who earned her second career runner-up finish. “For me, once my putter got hot, then it started to show. I think what I found with my putting this week, if I can continue that, then everything should be good.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Buhai knows that today’s strong play will help propel her into some of the season’s biggest tournament.
“I'm proud of myself. Even in the playoff I executed it the way I wanted to,” said Buhai. “We go forward, and I know this will bump me up into CME and get me into U.S. Open, so it takes care of a lot of stuff.”
U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN QUALIFYING UPDATE
The Cambia Portland Classic is the third of five opportunities for players to qualify for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open. Following the final round, Ashleigh Buhai (-12) and Yealimi Noh (-11) have qualified for the major championship, to be conducted Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
Following this week’s competition, there will two four additional play-in opportunities:
ShopRite LPGA Classic (top two players not already exempt)
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (top three players not already exempt)