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Golf: Hinako Shibuno misses cut in Women’s British Open title defense

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Hinako Shibuno’s Women’s British Open title defense finished Friday when the 21-year-old Japanese missed out on the cut by 3 shots, carding 12-over-par via the initial 2 rounds.

On the front 9 at spectator-free Royal Troon Golf Club, Shibuno had one birdie, 2 bogeys and also one double-bogey prior to going down an additional 4 shots on the back 9 to finish the day 7-over.

Hinako Shibuno of Japan plays a shot from the shelter on the 18th throughout Day Two of the AIG Women’s Open 2020 at Royal Troon on August 21, 2020 in Troon, Scotland. (R&A/Getty/Kyodo)

Fellow Japanese Harukyo Nomura rests in a connection for nine at 2-over, 3 strokes behind leader Dani Holmqvist of Sweden that is the only gamer under the same level after 2 rounds.

After an opening-day round of 3-over, Nomura obtained herself right into opinion by firing a 1-under 70 on Friday.

Shibuno battled with what she called “typhoon-like” wind in her preliminary, when she fired 5-over. Then, she had pelting rainfall to emulate throughout her 2nd day on the Scottish web links, bad iron play costing her a lot.

“I tried to enjoy playing, but really feel frustrated. I want to come back (to the tournament) with more confidence in my shots,” claimed Shibuno, that stunned in 2014 when took the title in her initial occasion outside Japan.

Shibuno’s ton of money transformed for the even worse on the par-4 7th when she shanked her 2nd shot from 130 lawns right into the deep harsh, ultimately carding a double-bogey. She after that fell short to rise and also below a shelter on the 8th, the opening where she had among her 3 first-round birdies.

Shibuno, that made the “Smiling Cinderella” label after her go to the title in 2014, drove well however disclosed she has actually hesitated to “make full swings with my irons” for the last couple of months.

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She additionally did not have self-confidence on the eco-friendlies, having problem with range control.

“The wind was so strong I was just desperate on getting my strokes right to make them go straight. I couldn’t get my head around the distances,” Shibuno claimed of her placing.

“The score is down to me, not the wind,” claimed Shibuno, that has actually currently missed out on the cut in 3 straight competitions on the Japanese and also U.S. scenic tours, consisting of the Ladies Scottish Open recently.

“I feel I’ve found all the things my game is currently missing in the past two weeks.”


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