Georgia Hall takes Women's British Open at age 22

Georgia Hall takes Women's British Open at age 22

Hall usually has her boyfriend, Harry Tyrrell, on her bag, but she chose to replace him with her father at Royal Lytham, and the move paid off as she claimed a memorable two-shot win and the title of Women's British Open champion.

And a two-player race for the year's fourth major was definitely established when both picked up a shot at No. 4 and Phatlum followed Hall in birdying No. 6.

She became the first English player of either sex to win a major at Royal Lytham since Tony Jacklin won the 1969 British Open.

"I hit the ball really solid which was good after a pretty average ball striking day yesterday", Ko said.

But after two scores of 67 sent her one stroke ahead of the field at the halfway point, the 28-year-old had another exquisite round of four birdies. It was very close up to the last two holes and I holed all the putts today.

From the moment Pornanong curled in a long left-to-right putt at the second hole to answer Hall's 15-foot birdie at the first, it had the makings of a duel under the Lytham sun.

An official with NBC/Golf Channel said the decision to air the broadcast in this manner was made based on the fact that Hall and Phatlum teed off in the final twosome at 9:30 a.m.

"If someone had told me I was going to go 67, 67 I would have thought "wow", said Pornanong.

She stamped her authority with three birdies in a four-hole stretch to beat Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

"I just got a huge knot in my throat and I just had to put my head down", he said after closing with a 1-under 69 for his first World Golf Championship title. "I don't believe it has sunk in yet".

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9 AHEAD of a tournament in Abu Dhabi a year ago, Hall hit a drive of 579 yards on Yas Marina race track, believed to be the world's longest drive by a female golfer.

"It was great to get so much support, I haven't really had that before because I play in America quite a bit".

Brooke Henderson (74) of Smiths Falls, Ont., tied for 11th at six under par.

Dorset's Hall was a shot behind having turned in 32 but gained the advantage after draining a 25-foot putt up the hill for birdie on the 16th.

"It was so nice to have that backing and there were so many people behind me that I feel that was the reason I had good shots".

When the putt dropped and Bournemouth's Georgia Hall was confirmed as the Women's British Open champion she was lifted high up into the air by father Wayne with the packed grandstands in rapture.

It was her first major championship victory but I suspect it won't be her last.

Hall took up golf at the age of seven and quickly rose up the junior and amateur ranks.

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