Samurai Shibuno Attacks Like A Ninja!
Just days ago, no one in the golf world outside of Japan had heard of a young 20-year old Japanese girl who answers to the name Hinako Shibuno. She showed up at the 2019 Women’s British Open unheralded but with a disarming smile and a girlish giggle while almost everyone else had their serious game faces on.
Least did golfing fans know that “Cinderella” image that she projected was to quickly transform into that of the “Smiling Assassin”. Playing for the first time in a professional tournament outside of her home country Japan, the diminutive package of dynamite, exploded to completely obliterate a world class field to lift the 2019 Women’s British Open title.
Not only did she win the trophy, but she also bagged a huge purse of US$675,000.
When asked what she would do with the money, Shibuno giggled and said that the first thing she would do was spend some of it on some “sweet treats!
With her disarming charm and easy-going personality, the Japanese ace earned the overwhelming support of the predominantly British fans to end her campaign with an impressive final score of 18-under par.
While Shibuno rejoiced over her win like a little child, the same was not so with the woman she beat – 30-year old Lizette Salas, of the United States. A child of Mexican immigrants, Salas shot a total score of 17-under par.
Generally speaking, Asian players once again dominated the tournament with reigning world number one, Jin Young Ko finishing third on her own at 16-under par.
Other Asian notables included Sung Hyun Park (8th), Jeongeun Lee6 (T9th) and Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn (T 11th).