Tears of joy as Georgia Hall wins Women's British Open

Heather Diaz
August 6, 2018

England's Hall reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Lytham to win her first major title.

Hall, who had held her nerve throughout the back nine, negotiated a bogey at the last to go with her previous six birdies on the day, having held a three-shot lead.

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

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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.

And fittingly she did so with her father Wayne acting as her caddie, the former two-handicapper having named his daughter in honour of Nick Faldo's 1996 Masters triumph in Augusta, Georgia.

She followed Stupples and Catriona Matthew - in 2009 at Lytham - as the only British winners of the Women's British Open since it achieved major status in 2001.

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Hall sealed a two-shot victory thanks to a final-round 67 at the famous Lancashire links venue, a place where golfing legends, Bobby Jones, Tony Jacklin, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros have all sealed Open Championship glory.

Phatlum had defied the odds to lead going into the final round on a sunny weekend at Royal Lytham St Anne's, and she played her part in a highly-entertaining final round fight for victory.

World no. 39 Hall - now back within one shot - saved par brilliantly on the ninth after finding the bunker off her tee shot, to the delight of a home crowd growing in belief.

Phatlum, who had started the day with a shot advantage, eventually fell short after a costly double-bogey on the pair's 71st hole of the tournament. She had never won on the Ladies European Tour, either.

"It's the British Open, you're going to get a little bit of drizzle and you just have to manage that". It added up to a solid 3-under-par 69 and the prospect of a first win on the LPGA Tour, let alone a first major title. "I was so happy".

"I just had to stay calm and patient".

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