Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Georgia into the Hall of Fame after Women’s British Open glory

Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title Georgia Hall's dreams come true after famous Women's British Open triumph
Rita Gibson | 09 August, 2018, 03:43

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.

It started from the outset, with Hall instantly applying pressure thanks to a fine clutch putt to make birdie at the first and take a share of the lead.

She started the 2016 season in great form and collected her first professional victory in February, claiming a one-shot win at the Oates Victorian Open over Norwegian duo Nanna Madsen and Marianne Skarpnord. I think the crowds love golf, they love seeing their LPGA players here.

His daughter was born during the 1996 Masters won by English golfer Nick Faldo at Augusta, Georgia, and she was named as a tribute to that victory.

Hisako Higuchi, victor of the LPGA Championship in 1977, remains the only Japanese player to win a major championship on either the PGA or LPGA Tours.

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.

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.

Starting the day one shot off the pace, the world No.8 made bogey on her third hole before stringing together three birdies to head in the right direction.

However, a double bogey from Phatlum on the 17th sent Hall three clear, giving her plenty of breathing space to complete a famous victory, finishing on 17-under for the tournament.

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Last year's top-5 finisher became the 42nd Women's British Open champion.

Pornanong closed with a 70 for 15 under par with South Korea's Ryu So-yeon in third place on 13 under after a 70 that was blighted by a triple-bogey seven at the third.

Phatlum shot a final-round 70 but was no match for Hall down the stretch. I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said.

But Hall's most notable performance of a year ago was on her full Solheim Cup debut, winning two matches alongside Anna Nordqvist and taking the experienced Paul Creamer to the final hole of their hard-fought singles clash on the final day. "I can't show any emotion at all, it's just to try and keep her levelheaded really".

It did not take long for Hall to get her nose in front for the first time all week, a birdie from 20ft on the 16th taking her six under for the day.

Thomas had not had a score better than 67, and he had not finished higher than a tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone. He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind.

Lee slumped to a 10th place finish.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said.

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