Ashleigh Buhai’s victory in the 2022 Women’s Open Championship at stately Muirfield was special — the playoff was not.
The Open Championship — the Claret Jug version that crowns the men’s “Champion Golfer Of The Year” — uses a four-hole aggregate playoff. The PGA of America uses a three-hole aggregate playoff for the PGA Championship and the USGA has gone to a two-hole aggregate for the men’s U.S. Open.
At Muirfield, Buhai and In Gee Chun went up and down the 18th a full four times before Chun finally blinked, drove her tee shot in a pot bunker right of the fairway and made bogey while Buhai made an sparkling par sand-save from the right greenside bunker.
Watching the ladies play that hole over and over and over again was tedious — probably even more tedious for the participants.
It was Groundhog Day on the links.
The women’s event really needs to take a cue from the men and go to some sort of aggregate playoff — four, three or even two holes.
No, no invitations to our Dog House on this week.
Just a suggestion!