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Georgia Hall creates special moment for English golf

Hall enjoying her greatest career moment (Photo: Ladies European Tour)
English golf received a significant boost today when their rising star Georgia Hall won the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes after a titanic final day battle with Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum.

It was the first win by an Englishwoman since Karen Stupple’s win in 2004 and just the second since the event became an LPGA Tour event 24 years ago.

Phatlum began her final round one ahead of Hall and it would take until the 16th hole for Hall to edge ahead after what had been a real battle between the final pairing.

Hall holed a lengthy birdie putt at the short par 4 and then Phatlum further aided the eventual winner's cause with a double bogey of her own at the 17th.

Hall, therefore, enjoyed a three-shot buffer playing the last and was able to three-putt for bogey and still win by two, Phatlum saving par from the bunker to safely hold on to outright 2nd place.

“I always dreamed of having that (trophy) since the age of 7,” said Hall looking at the spoils of her victory..

“I was very confident going into this event from last year (she finished 3rd then). I love links golf and I am playing in England which is very rare so it is nIce to make the most of the opportunity.”  

“I don’t know what it is but the bigger the competition the more enjoyable and fun it is,” added Hall when asked about her capacity to play big events such as this event last year and the Solheim Cup well.

This was Hall’s first ever win on either the LPGA or Ladies European Tour so for her first win to be a major made the breakthrough victory even more special.

For Phatlum it has been an amazing week having missed six of her previous seven cuts in this event. Like Hall she has yet to win on the LPGA Tour so this was an exceptional performance with just three bogeys in 72 holes.

So Yeon Ryu would finish in 3rd position at 13 under, four from the winner and two behind Phatlum. The classy South Korean will rue the four shots she dropped at the 3rd and 4th holes but she would birdie seven holes from that point to complete her best Women’s British Open. Her previous best had been in a tie for 3rd in 2015.

Australia's Minjee Lee was very much in the firing line for much of the week but a final round of 75 saw her eventually finish in a share of 10th place. An early birdie gave her hope but she struggled from that point on.

If it is any consolation it was Lee's second best finish in five starts at the Women's British Open having finished 9th in 2015.

Su Oh finished with a final round of 68 to finish 15th, Hannah Green was 55th and Rebecca Artis 61st. 

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