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28 SPORT TUESDAY AUGUST 6 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 HINAKO Shibuno of Japan finished with a birdie to win the Womens British Open by one shot over Lizette Salas in a major championship debut. The 20-year-old rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who was playing for the first time outside of her country, birdied five of the final nine holes in a fourunder 68 for an 18-under 270. I was also thinking about if I were to make this putt, how I Rookie wins Brit Open Smiling Cinderella says shell celebrate by eating more sweets was going to celebrate, Shibuno said of the 18th. Eat a lot of sweets. Salas, who started the final round tied for fourth, quickly played herself into contention with three birdies in the first four holes, and she added five more in a seven-under 65. Jin Young Ko, who was seeking her third major title of the year, was two shots back in third after a bogey-free 66. Morgan Pressel (67) fin ished fourth at 15 under, with second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai (70) alone in fifth a shot further back. The best Australian was world No.4 Minjee Lee, who carded a final round 69 to finish in a share of 11th at eight under, while compatriot Hannah Green shot a final round 69 to finish a shot further back. Susan Oh carded an error free 66 in her last round to finish 12 shots off the pace, while fellow Australian Sarah Kemp struggled to a 78 to end up seven over par. Largely unknown before the championship, Shibuno nicknamed Smiling Cinderella started Sunday with a two-stroke lead but lost it with a double bogey on the par-4 third. She bounced back with birdies on Nos. 5 and 7 before a bogey on the 8th at Woburn Golf Club. But in three of four rounds, Shibuno has shone on the back nine. She closed with just 31 shots on Sunday and just 30 on Thursday and Saturday. Now that Ive won, I think a lot of the Japanese people will know me, but in actuality, I just wanted to live a quiet life, Shibuno said. I was looking online and I did see that its been 42 years since a Japanese player has last won. I do feel that I have accomplished something great but I really dont know the reason why I was able to accomplish it. AP Impeccable Poston claims maiden PGA Tour victory JT Poston won a drama-filled Wyndham Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, shooting an eight-under 62 for a one-stroke victory. Poston tied Henrik Stensons two-year-old tournament record at 22-under 258. The native North Carolinian began his round three strokes back, took the lead for good with a birdie on the par-5 15th hole, then finished with three straight pars to earn $US1.1 million ($A1.7 million) and 500 FedEx Cup points. Webb Simpson was at 21 under after a 65. Byeong Hun An, who held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, three-putted the 18th for a bogey and a 67 to finish two shots back. Trying to force a playoff with a birdie, he nearly holed a 60-footer but had it run well past. Poston, who became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole strokeplay event on tour without any bogeys or worse, closed the gap with third-round leader An with three birdies and an eagle on the front nine. Then came the 15th when Poston took sole possession of the lead with a birdie after placing a bunker chip six feet from the pin. An needed to finish with a birdie to force a playoff. He sent his tee shot into the trees, recovered by landing his second shot 60 feet from the pin. Cameron Davis was the only Australian to make the cut and his final round 65 saw him jump 16 places to finish in a tie for 22nd. A FOCUSED Nick Kyrgios has won his second ATP Tour 500 series title of the year with a hard-fought victory over Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Washington Open. Despite a troublesome back, Kyrgios fired 18 aces on his AAP way to a 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) victory over the Russian third seed including one on match point when he requested advice from a member of the crowd on where to direct his serve for the third successive match. The result improves his win-loss record against top-10 opponents this year to 5-1 a winning percentage of 83, best on the ATP Tour in 2019. The 24-year-old will pocket $A537,830. But more importantly he will rise 25 spots to world No.27 and is in line for a seeding at the US Open later this month. Speaking on Amazon Prime, Kyrgios said: Its amazing. Where I was six months ago, some of the things I was doing, to respond like this having incredible support. Ive proved to myself and a lot of people that have backed me that I still have it. Kyrgios finished with 111 aces through six matches in Washington. In a match dominated by serve, neither Kyrgios nor Medvedev faced a break point with the Australian edging total points won 72 to 71. Kyrgios and Medvedev will meet again in a few days if the Australian gets past Kyle Edmund in his opening round of the Montreal Masters. Nick Kyrgios with the trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, in the Washington Open final Picture: PATRICK SEMANSKY/AP Kyrgios finds focus to take Washington title Zheng triumphs as rival loses cool ZHENG Saisai of China used steady, looping groundstrokes and patience to capture her first career singles title, beating Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic on Sunday. Saisai, ranked 55th, topped three seeded players on the way to her second career final and first victory at age 25. With her big top-spin shots landing deep and the defensive ability to chase down balls all over the court, Zheng flustered opponents all week with her consistency and level-headed play and the emotional Sabalenka was no different. She threw her racquet after double-faulting on the first match point, slammed her racquet to the court at one point and also hit it on the net in frustration in an afternoon of unforced errors after the 21year-old missed out on a fourth career title. The second-seeded Sabalenka is projected to match her career-high ranking of ninth. But her power was neutralised by Zhengs regular topspin shots and digs to keep long rallies alive. I couldnt control my emotions. I was throwing my racquets, Sabalenka said. Force in 150th Funny Car success JOHN Force raced to his record-extending 150th Funny Car victory on Sunday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals. The 70-year-old Force won for the first time since the Colorado event last year, beating Ron Capps in the final with a 3.971-second run at 320.58m/ ph in the Peak Auto Lighting Chevrolet. Its been 25 races, since Denver last year, Force said. (Crew chief Brian) Corradi and Daniel Hood and (Tim) Fabrisi have had to put up with me all year, not happy with the way the car steered, how I sat in it, not happy with so many things. And then I got the monkey on my back and it drives you nuts. You go to bed every night, but the monkey taught me so much, that you need to focus on your car . Im just doing stuff all the time and I dont even know my car. And you know Corradi and Coil said: Youve got to get to know your car. Youve got to live it, youve got to love it. Youve got to study the drivers. I said I do all that, but I wasnt. So sometimes you need a slap in the face. And that was the monkey that made me focus.
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