Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title

Silvia Morton
August 9, 2018

"I always joked that a major would be my first win", Hall said.

Georgia Kelly Hall was born in Bournemouth on April 12, 1996, two days before Sir Nick Faldo pulled off one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history to win his third Masters title over a luckless Greg Norman at Augusta National.

Hall was able to enjoy the walk down the 18th - by then she had a three-shot lead and she played for a safe bogey.

Hall missed the cut in the 2016 Women's British Open, but she responded superbly with four consecutive top-seven finishes on the Ladies European Tour, but it was her 2017 campaign in which she became a prominent figure on the world stage.

That took Hall into a tie for the lead and the 22-year-old saved par from a greenside bunker on the next to remain tied with her playing partner on 16 under with four holes to play. I was staying very calm and patient and it was very close up to the last two holes and I was just trying to hole the putts. I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said.

"I got a lot of experience, and just very nervous today, more nervous".

When Phatlum then found sand off the tee on the 17th and compounded the error by three-putting for a double bogey, Hall had the luxury of a three-shot lead and could easily afford her only bogey of the day on the 18th.

While first-round leader Minjee Lee and encountered problems down the stretch at a rainy Royal Lytham to give up two-shot leads on Friday, Pornanong played a steady hand and put her pink ball in all the right places - explicitly, out of the many bunkers that define the course.

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It started from the outset, with Hall instantly applying pressure thanks to a fine clutch putt to make birdie at the first and take a share of the lead.

Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas made only two birdies.

McIlroy finished the back nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered.

They saw a one-man show Sunday that sent Thomas to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis with high hopes of joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship in stroke play. "But it is what it is, and on to next week".

Hall said that being in contention for last year's title had stood her in good stead for Sunday's climax. Ian Poulter started three shots behind and shot 74.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot 64 and for third on 10-under par. Four-under for the day at that point, Phatlum had increased her overnight cushion to a couple of shots but Hall was like a dog with a bone.

Hideki Matsuyama and Isao Aoki's runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open previous year and in 1980, respectively, are the closest a Japanese male golfer has gotten to a major title.

Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills.

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