Hinako Shibuno

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Hinako Shibuno
Personal information
Full nameHinako Shibuno
NicknameSmiling Cinderella,[1] Shibuko[2]
Born (1998-11-15) 15 November 1998 (age 20)
Okayama, Okayama, Japan
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Nationality Japan
ResidenceJapan
Career
Turned professional2018
Current tour(s)LPGA of Japan Tour
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Ladies European Tour1
LPGA of Japan Tour2
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationDNP
Women's PGA C'shipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenDNP
Women's British OpenWon: 2019
Evian ChampionshipDNP

Hinako Shibuno (渋野 日向子, Shibuno Hinako, born 15 November 1998) is a Japanese professional golfer who won the 2019 Women's British Open.

Early years[edit]

Shibuno was born in Okayama, Japan on 15 November 1998.[3] Her father was a discus thrower and her mother was a javelin thrower. She is the middle child of their three daughters.[4]

She started playing golf and softball when she was a second grader. As a softball player, she was a pitcher and a converted left-handed hitter.[4] As a golfer, she finished third in the 2010 Okayama Prefecture Junior Golf Championship (4th, 5th, and 6th grader division).[5]

At Jōtō junior high school,[6] she joined the school's baseball club as the only female player. However, after winning the 2011 Okayama Prefecture Junior Golf Championship (junior high school division), she decided to focus on golf, taking advice from her baseball coach.[7]

In 2014, she was enrolled at Sakuyō High School where she continued to play golf for the school. In the same year, she won the Chūgoku Region Women's Amateur Championship.[8] As a member of the school team, she won the team competition in the National High School Golf Championship in 2015.[9]

Professional career[edit]

In 2017, after graduating from the high school, she was qualified to take a final test to be a professional but failed.[10]

In 2018, she mainly played in the step-up tour circuit. The only JLPGA competition she played in that year was the Earth Mondahmin Cup in June where she was qualified after a successful Monday qualifier. She scored a hole-in-one at the 9th hole of the first day of the competition and earned 6 million yen for the feat, despite missing the cut.[11]

In July 2018, she passed the test and turned professional.[12]

Shibuno has sponsorship deals with Ping, RSK Sanyo Broadcasting, Beams Golf, Candeal, MIC Industries, T-Point and Nike.

In May 2019, Shibuno won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup, one of the four major golf tournaments for women on the LPGA of Japan Tour.[13] In July 2019, she won the Shiseido Anessa Ladies Open after a playoff.[14]

In August 2019, she won the AIG Women's British Open,[15] which was her first LPGA Tour event and her first time outside of Japan. She is the second Japanese player to win a women's major championship, after Hisako Higuchi, who won the 1977 LPGA Championship, as well as the second player this decade to win in her major debut, after Kim Hyo-joo at the 2014 Evian Championship.[16]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other LPGA Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 4 Aug 2019 AIG Women's British Open^ 66-69-67-68=270 −18 1 stroke United States Lizette Salas

^ Co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 12 May 2019 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup −12 (71-68-66-71=276) 1 stroke South Korea Bae Seon-woo
2 7 Jul 2019 Shiseido Anessa Ladies Open −12 (71-68-66-71=276) Playoff South Korea Lee Min-young

Tournaments in bold denotes major tournaments in LPGA of Japan Tour.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2019 AIG Women's British Open 2 shot lead −18 (66-69-67-68=270) 1 strokes United States Lizette Salas

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2019
ANA Inspiration
U.S. Women's Open
Women's PGA Championship
The Evian Championship
Women's British Open 1
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Women's British Open 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
Totals 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 1 (current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (current)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shibuno captures hearts everywhere with enchanting Women's British triumph". Golf Channel. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  2. ^ "シブコの名付け親・大出瑞月があだ名誕生秘話を明かす「世界中で呼ばれてすごい」". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). Hochi Shimbun. 7 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Hinako Shibuno". Fox Sports. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "渋野日向子の"いま"を作り上げたソフトボール「ゴルフよりも好き」" (in Japanese). Golf Digest Online. 10 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  5. ^ "平成22年度岡山県ジュニアゴルフ選手権競技(小学生・女子の部/高学年)" (PDF) (in Japanese). 岡山県ゴルフ協会. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ "2011岡山県ジュニアゴルフ選手権競技(中学生・女子の部)" (PDF) (in Japanese). 岡山県ゴルフ協会. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  7. ^ "ルーキーの肖像~渋野日向子" (in Japanese). ALBA.net. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "2014中国女子アマチュアゴルフ選手権" (PDF) (in Japanese). 岡山県ゴルフ協会. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ "2015全国高等学校ゴルフ選手権大会団体の部" (PDF) (in Japanese). 日本高等学校ゴルフ連盟. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  10. ^ "【2017】LPGA 最終プロテスト フルリーダーボード" (in Japanese). LPGA of Japan Tour. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  11. ^ "【2018】アース・モンダミンカップ ホールバイホール初日" (in Japanese). LPGA of Japan Tour. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  12. ^ "【2018】LPGA 最終プロテスト フルリーダーボード" (in Japanese). LPGA of Japan Tour. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  13. ^ "20歳・渋野日向子がメジャーでツアー初優勝 涙の大会史上最年少V" (in Japanese). Golf Digest Online. 12 May 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  14. ^ "【2019】資生堂 アネッサ レディスオープン 過去大会・歴代優勝者" (in Japanese). LPGA of Japan Tour. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  15. ^ Murray, Scott (4 August 2019). "Hinako Shibuno wins the 2019 Women's British Open - as it happened". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  16. ^ "In the Winner's Circle with Hinako Shibuno". LPGA. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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