South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai successfully defended her Australian Open title against a late challenge from Minjee Lee, while Joaquin Niemann won the men’s tournament in a play-off after a wild final round.
Buhai’s Back-to-Back Victory
Ashleigh Buhai secured a tension-filled one-stroke win over Minjee Lee to become the first back-to-back women’s Australian Open champion in over a decade. Despite shooting a three-over-par 75 in the final round, she finished with a nine-under 280 total, successfully defending the title she won last year.
Niemann’s Victory in Men’s Tournament
Chilean Joaquin Niemann won the men’s tournament at the Australian Open in a play-off, defeating Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino. Niemann, who started the day four shots behind, came from behind with a final-round 5-under 66 and secured victory with an eagle at the second extra hole.
Lee’s Valiant Effort
Minjee Lee, the popular pre-tournament favourite, finished as the runner-up after a tension-filled battle with Buhai. Despite sinking eight birdies, Lee was unable to overtake Buhai, finishing a stroke behind in second place.
Former world number Adam Scott and US PGA Tour star Lucas Herbert, along with local hope Minjee Lee, had opportunities to win but faltered in the final round. Both Scott and Herbert posted triple-bogey sevens in the last three holes, allowing Niemann to emerge victorious.