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Japan's Hinako Shibuno birdied the final hole to win the AIG Women's British Open in thrilling fashion on her major championship debut at Woburn. (stock photo)
Japan's Hinako Shibuno birdied the final hole to win the AIG Women's British Open in thrilling fashion on her major championship debut at Woburn. (stock photo)

By Phil Casey

Japan's Hinako Shibuno birdied the final hole to win the AIG Women's British Open in thrilling fashion on her major championship debut at Woburn.

Shibuno overcame a four-putt double-bogey on the third hole to card a closing 68 and finish 18 under par, a shot ahead of American Lizette Salas, who lipped out from four feet for a birdie on the last.

Shibuno had never played a professional event outside Japan before this week, but the 20-year-old ended it as a major champion after holding off the challenge of Salas and world number one Ko Jin-young, who was seeking a third major title of the year but had to settle for third following a 66.

Shibuno, who is known as the 'Smiling Cinderella' in Japan, told Sky Sports Golf through an interpreter: "I'm nervous now that I've won and I still feel like I'm going to vomit!"

Defending champion Georgia Hall finished on three under after holing a long birdie putt on the 18th in a closing 73.

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