GE­OR­GIA HALL

RI­COH WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN

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WIN­NING SCORE: 17-un­der-par 271. DE­FEATED: Por­nanong Phatlum by two shots. DEFIN­ING MO­MENTS: Play­ing along­side Phatlum in the fi­nal group on Sun­day, Hall drew level with the Thai af­ter the open­ing hole. Her birdie at the par-3 tied Phatlum’s 13-un­der to­tal.

But the overnight leader in­stantly replied, with a birdie of her own at the sec­ond hole that was one of four in five holes that re­gained, and then ex­tended, her lead over Hall to two shots. And with the fan­cied penul­ti­mate group of So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park play­ing them­selves out of con­tention, the tour­na­ment be­came a bat­tle be­tween two, Phatlum once again lead­ing by a soli­tary stroke with nine holes re­main­ing.

Hav­ing traded birdies for much of the front nine, it was English­woman Hall who rose to the oc­ca­sion on the back side buoyed by the lo­cal sup­port at Royal Lytham & St Annes. Three birdies in four holes start­ing at the 13th earnt her a one-shot lead with two holes to play, which sud­denly be­came three when Phatlum dou­ble bo­gied the 17th.

With vic­tory all but as­sured, Hall made a bo­gey of her own at the 72nd hole to sign for a 67 and her maiden ma­jor ti­tle. WITH THIS VIC­TORY… : • Hall’s first ma­jor ti­tle is also the first LPGA and Ladies Euro­pean Tour vic­tory of her bur­geon­ing ca­reer, and lifts her in­side the top-10 in the world rank­ings for the first time. • The 22-year-old be­comes the first English­woman to win the Women’s British Open since Karen Stup­ples cap­tured the ti­tle at Sun­ning­dale in 2004 and the first Euro­pean win­ner since Sol­heim Cup Cap­tain Catriona Matthew was vic­to­ri­ous at Lytham in 2009. • Hall’s vic­tory earns her a place in the his­tory books as the first ever player to win the Girls’ British Open Am­a­teur, Ladies British Open Am­a­teur and Ri­coh Women’s British Open.

“I AL­WAYS JOKED TO MY­SELF, BE­CAUSE I NEVER RE­ALLY – I HAVEN’T RE­ALLY WON A TOUR­NA­MENT SINCE I TURNED PRO, THAT THE FIRST ONE I WIN WOULD BE A MA­JOR.” – GE­OR­GIA HALL

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