Two-stroke lead in Women's British Open makes Hall fourth Englishwoman to win

Two-stroke lead in Women's British Open makes Hall fourth Englishwoman to win

Two-stroke lead in Women's British Open makes Hall fourth Englishwoman to win

The 22-year-old, from Bournemouth, is just the fifth British victor of a major and only the third home victor of this event since it achieved that status in 2001, following in the footsteps of Karen Stupples (2004) and Catriona Matthew (2009).

Hall said: "It is too good to be true".

"If I did, I would have probably hit a bad shot, so I stayed very calm and patient".

"I was very confident going into this event from previous year (equal third) and I love links golf and I'm playing in England, which is very rare".

Hall tapped in for a bogey - her first of the day - at the last hole to clinch a two-shot victory over Phatlum.

Hall got her nose in front thanks to another birdie on the 16th and Pornanong's double bogey on the 17th left the way clear for a memorable home victory. She joins a list of players who have gone on to dominate in the women's game: Michelle Wie (2005), Anna Nordqvist (2008), Danielle Kang (2011), Lydia Ko (2012), and Georgia Hall (2013).

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Ahead of a tournament in Abu Dhabi past year, Hall hit a drive of 579 yards on Yas Marina race track, believed to be the world's longest drive by a female golfer.

Hall also had huge success in the Australian Youth Olympics, winning gold in the individual event before picking up her second winner's medal in the team competition.

The large lead allowed Hall to enjoy the rousing reception she received on her victory march up to the final hole, where a three-putt bogey was academic. "I try to plan every shot, every hole".

The key stretch came when Hall made three birdies in four holes beginning at the 13th and took a one-stroke lead when she rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th.

"I think the 40 minutes putting I did before I went out was the key to how I putted".

Minjee Lee, who opened with a 7-under par 65 to lead on day one at Lytham, was in the hunt come Sunday.

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Hall is alone in second place on 12 under, with former women's world number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea two shots behind after a 67 that matched the day's best score.

Ariya Jutanugarn made a charge on Sunday with a final round 69 to finish T4 for her eighth top 10 of the year.

Behind Phatlum in the lead, two-time major victor So Yeon-Ryu from South Korea is third, while Japan's Marmiko Higa is in a tie for fourth. I wanted to hole putts for them as well because they were all cheering.

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.

But Hall chose the ideal moment to showcase her best golf and took the lead at exactly the right moment, sinking a flawless 20-foot putt on the sixteenth after Phatlum had found the green-side bunker.

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