Ashleigh Buhai finally got her first win on the LPGA Tour, winning the season’s final major at the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on the 4th playoff hole over In Gee Chun. Buhai started the final round with a 5-stroke lead but ran into trouble on the 15th, making a triple-bogey 7 to see her lead evaporate.
On the 4th playoff hole, with the sun pretty much set, Buhai made a clutch up-and-down from the greenside bunker to win the championship, her first in 15 years playing the LPGA.
Ayaka Furue shot a course record 10-under par 62 in the final round to win the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. Furue won the tournament by 3 shots over Celine Boutier and Hyo Joo Kim. The win was the first LPGA title for Furue, who is an LPGA rookie.
Brooke Henderson recovered after a poor start to her final round with birdies on the the 14th, 15th and 18th holes to win the Amundi Evian Championship by 1-shot over LPGA rookie Sophia Schubert. Henderson shot a final-round even par 71 to finish the tournament at 17-under par. The win was the second major championship title for Henderson, who became the only Canadian to win two professional major titles.
At one point in the final nine holes there was a 7-way tie for the lead.
Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas teamed up to win the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational by 5-shots over the team of Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan in Midland Michigan. Kupcho and Salas finished at 26-under par for the tournament. This was Kupcho’s third win of the year, and for Salas it was her first win since 2014.
The event is played with teams of two persons playing alternate shot in rounds 1 and 3, and better ball in round 2 and 4. Kupcho and Salas shot 68 and 64 in the alternate shot in rounds 1 and 3 respectively, and a pair of 61s in the better ball format in rounds 2 and 4.
In Gee Chun had a record-breaking first round, and lead for the first 56 holes of the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. On the 57th hole, that’s when her rocky start and Lexi Thompson’s equally good start, allowed Thompson to tie Chun for the lead. A couple of holes later and Thompson was in the lead and, for the first time in the tournament, Chun was the chaser.
Chun steadied herself after her shaky first nine and along with a couple of missed short putts by Thompson (one from 1.5 feet!), retook the lead and won the her 3rd major title by a shot over Thompson and Minjee Lee.
Chun had lead by 7 shots after the first round (she shot 8-under 64), five shots after 36 holes, and still had a 3-shot lead thru 54 holes. She finished the tournament at 5-under par.
Brooke Henderson, with a final round 7-under 64, came from behind to win the 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic in a playoff over Lindsey Weaver-Wright. Both finished regulation at 12-under par. The win is Henderson’s 11th on the LPGA Tour.
In the playoff, Henderon hit her second shot on the par-5 18th to within 7 feet of the pin, and proceeded to make eagle to seal the victory, as Weaver-Wright managed only a par.
Minjee Lee, of Australia, won the U.S. Women’s Open by 4 shots over Mina Harigae at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club. Lee shot a final round even par 71 to finish at 13-under for the tournament.
Lee also takes home $1.8 million, the biggest payout in LPGA history. Harigae won $1 million for finishing runnerup. For comparison, the next event, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, has a total purse of $1,750,000.