Japan's Shibuno Wins Women's British Open in Overseas Debut

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Milton Keynes, England, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese rookie Hinako Shibuno, nicknamed "Smiling Cinderella," earned a stunning victory in the 2019 Women's British Open on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese golfer to win a major championship in 42 years.

The 20-year-old, who qualified as a professional golf player only last year, made a 5-meter birdie putt on the final 18th hole at Woburn Golf Club in Milton Keynes, England, to finish 18-under par, edging out Lizette Salas from the United States.

She became the second-ever Japanese to win a major title, after Hisako Higuchi, the winner of the Women's PGA Championship in 1977.

During the British Open, her first tournament outside of Japan, Shibuno was given the nickname as she was keeping a smile on her face.

Asked how she felt after the historic achievement, Shibuno told reporters, "I was almost crying, but no tears came out."

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