Name:Ashleigh Ann Buhai (née Simon)
Also known as:Ash
Born:May 11, 1989 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Turned Pro:2007 (aged 18)
MAJORS (1): Women's British Open (2022). Multiple wins on the Ladies European and Sunshine Ladies Tours, including three South African Women's Open titles. Sunshine Ladies Tour Order of Merit winner (2017).
Buhai (known then as Ashleigh Simon) enjoyed a highly successful amateur career, during which she won the 2004 Women's South African Open at the age of 14. She won the same title in 2007, again as an amateur, before notching-up her first Ladies European Tour win just three months later, in her third start as a professional.
With modest success on the LET and LPGA Tours in the 2010s, Buhai landed her most coveted title of all in 2022, winning the Women's British Open at Muirfield. Victory came at the fourth nerve-jangling hole of a sudden-death playoff against Korea's In Gee Chun.
Played as the Investec South African Women's Open (March 8-11; LET/Sunshine Ladies Tour event). Second-placed Ana Peláez Triviño (Esp) finished 4 shots behind home country winner Ashleigh Buhai (RSA; née Simon), who recorded her fifith Ladies European Tour win. [Steenberg GC, Constantia, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (Jun 9-11). Second-placed Hyo Joo Kim (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Ashleigh Buhai (RSA; née Simon), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win (the first coming in Scotland at the 2022 Women's British Open). [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
The AIG Women's Open (46th) (Aug 4-7). In fading light, 33-year-old Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) beat In Gee Chun (S Kor) with a par at the fourth playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record her first major championship win. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Gullane, East Lothian].
Played as the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open (Dec 1-4; WPGA Aus Tour event). Second-played Jiyai Shin (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Ashleigh Buhai (RSA), who recorded her first WPGA Aus Tour win. [Victoria GC, Melbourne, Aus; first two rounds also used Kingston Heath GC, Melbourne]. Note: played concurrently with the men's Australian Open, an Aus Tour and European-DP World Tour event.
Played as the Investec South African Women's Open (March 8-10; Sunshine Ladies/LET Trs event). Second-placed Karolin Lampert (Ger) finished 2 shots behind Ashleigh Buhai (RSA; née Simon), who recorded her third South African Women's Open win; this one, unlike the first two, as a professional. [Westlake GC, Muizenberg, nr Cape Town, RSA].
Played as the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open (May 13-15). Second-placed Gwladys Nocera (Fra) finished 3 shots behind Ashleigh Simon (RSA; from 2017 played as Ashleigh Buhai). [CampoReal Golf, Turcifal, nr Torres Vedras, Portugal].
Played as the Catalonia Ladies Masters (June 15-17). Second-placed Becky Brewerton (Wales) and Kirsty Taylor (Eng) finished 2 shots behind first-time Ladies European Tour winner Ashleigh Simon (RSA; from 2017 played as Ashleigh Buhai). [Barcelona GC, Sant Esteve Sesrovires, nr Barcelona; at the time known as Masia Bach GC].
Played as the Acer South African Women's Open (March 8-10). Second-placed Stacy Bregman (RSA) finished 5 shots behind Ashleigh Simon (RSA; amateur; from 2017 played as Ashleigh Buhai), who won this title for the second time as an amateur. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
Played as the Acer South African Women's Open. Won by 14-year-old Ashleigh Simon (RSA; amateur; from 2017 played as Ashleigh Buhai)). [Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
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