Golf: Vu wins Women’s British Open for 2nd major, Hataoka, Iwai 11th

Lilia Vu of the United States won the Women’s British Open on Sunday for her second major title, with Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and Akie Iwai both finishing 12 strokes behind in a five-way tie for 11th.

Vu added to her maiden major win at the Chevron Championship in April by firing a 5-under 67 at Walton Heath Golf Club, triumphing at 14-under 274 overall and six shots ahead of runner-up Charley Hull of England at the fifth and last major of the year.

Lilia Vu of the United States tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Women’s British Open golf championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Britain, on Aug. 13, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

“It’s just been a crazy year for me,” said Vu, who won her first title on the tour in February at the Honda LPGA Thailand but failed to make the cut at the next two majors, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June and the U.S. Women’s Open in July.

“I thought at the U.S. Open after I played so bad, I didn’t know if I could ever win again. I think I came into this week with a good mindset.”

Lilia Vu (2nd from L) of the United States celebrates her victory at the Women’s British Open golf championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Britain, on Aug. 13, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Hataoka was aiming for her first major title as she started the final round five shots off the pace. But a bogey and double bogey on both the back and front nines against four birdies saw her settle for a 2-over 74.

“I hit two double bogeys and it was hard to finish under par. I hope to raise my level much higher,” Hataoka said.

Nasa Hataoka of Japan sinks a par putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Women’s British Open golf championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Britain, on Aug. 13, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Iwai, playing in her second major after failing to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open in July, carded four birdies and three bogeys for a 71 to shoot under par for the third straight round.

“I had a 3-over on the first day but it was great to gradually move up the leaderboard,” the 21-year-old said. “I hope to have a go at a major again when there’s a chance.”

Akie Iwai of Japan is pictured after saving par on the 18th hole during the final round of the Women’s British Open golf championship at Walton Heath Golf Club in Tadworth, Britain, on Aug. 13, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Minami Katsu, who was tied for second after the second round, finished in a tie for 21st following a 74 and 75 in her final two rounds.

By Dr Muhmmad Hussain