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

Pornanong Phatlum

Pornanong Phatlum

Hall carded a bogey-free, final round 67 to win the Ricoh Women's British open for her first victory on Tour.

Georgia Hall became just the third British woman to win the Women's British Open major after Karen Stupples's 2004 and Catriona Matthew's 2009 victories.

The 22-year-old Wimborne-based professional reflected on her dreams growing up, pretending to hole putts for the Women's British Open.

YOUNG Brit golfer Georgia Hall has swung her way to victory to win the Women's British Open.

"I've had a game plan", Pornanong said. I've gotta go out there tomorrow and try to play my best and maybe be a little bit more aggressive than I had been going.

Hall added: "I was in the final round past year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me".

She had three birdies and three bogeys offset each other, but a double bogey on the par-four 17th hole put her at two over for the round.

1 GEORGIA was introduced to golf by dad Wayne, a former plasterer, when she was seven years old.

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.

"I had so much support today from all the people backing me and supporting me and cheering my name", Hall said. The way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more to come.

Hall finished up with her only bogey of the day on the eighteenth but never looked likely to allow her lead to slip and joined Dame Laura Davies, Allison Nicholls and Karen Stupples as an English-born victor of the British Open.

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Pornanong, who led after the second and third rounds. I don't think it has all sunk in for me.

Hall had briefly enjoyed a share of the lead when she birdied the first and although she also picked up shots on the fourth and sixth that was only good enough to stay in touch on 15 under.

Hall looked set to take the outright lead after a brilliant approach to the par-5 15th left her with 15ft for an eagle.

It was neck-and-neck over the next several holes with Phatlum birdieing on the second, both repeating the feat on the third before Phatlum pulled ahead in the fifth with a birdie that got her a two-stroke advantage.

Both players had a chance to birdie the 13th and, after Phatlum missed her attempt, Hall took full advantage of being on a similar line to make the ideal read and hole from 10ft. "I'm in a good position going into Sunday".

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

Her round of 5-under 67, which included six birdies, saw her finish on 17-under 271.

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