Georgia Hall: All you need to know about new Women's Open champion

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

Higa, who finished seventh in her British Open debut in 2013 as a 19-year-old, is one of three players at 10-under and will begin the final round at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club three shots behind leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand.

But Hall staged a great back nine charge with three birdies in four holes from the 13th, the 25-footer at the 16th earning the lead for the first time. And the way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more major titles to come.

Georgia was born during the 1996 Masters won by Englishman Nick Faldo.

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.

The 22-year-old is the first British golfer to win a women's major since Scotland's Catriona Matthew won this event in 2009, and England's first since Karen Stupples did likewise five years earlier.

"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 past year and the Solheim Cup well.




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.

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.

Two of them, So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park, had a chance to add a third major championship title to their lists of accomplishments. "I'll be back here hitting long irons while those kids will be hitting wedges".

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Phatlum, who led after the second and third rounds. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said. "It was very close up to the last two holes and I holed all the putts today". Her short game was the key to her victory. She had six birdies in the round. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled. "I don't get much in America but this is home for me and it's so nice to play in England in front of a home crowd". He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind. She was 10 under par overall.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said. His one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title - his first in a WGC event.

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