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

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

Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum recorded her first bogey of the championship on Saturday and ended the third round as she started it with a one-stroke lead at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. 'It was my goal when I was nine to win the British Open.

Hall becomes the third English or Scottish woman to win the event, joining England's Karen Stupples (2004) and Scotland's Catriona Matthew (2009). To get six birdies on the final round of a major is not bad!

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.

Both players then scrambled at the eleventh after going beyond the green with their approaches but Hall then began to make her move and went level again with a fine birdie on the thirteenth.

It meant that although Hall made a bogey on the 18th, her first of the day, she managed to seal victory by two shots.

After a solid first half of the year as an LPGA member, Hall earned her first top-10 finish at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic last month, and she has now produced the finest performance of her career to win her maiden major title.

"I think I will be a bit more relaxed because I've been there before but it won't be easy because it's the British Open".

It was her first major championship victory but I suspect it won't be her last. "I knew if I stayed patient and kept working hard I could win and it would come along".

"I got a lot of experience, and just very nervous today, more nervous".

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"This is probably one of the best crowds we've played in front of this year".

"I want to be a great role model for the youngsters coming up and, hopefully, I can be".

The 42nd Women's British Open has delivered a new champion.

Ko admits she will need something special on the final day to claim her third major win and says she is willing to be more aggressive to do so.

Hall was always chasing, but was given hope when Pornanong bogeyed No. 8 to reduce her lead to one shot.

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. Her previous best had been in a tie for 3rd in 2015.

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

Hall missed the cut in the 2016 Women's British Open, but she responded superbly with four consecutive top-seven finishes on the Ladies European Tour, but it was her 2017 campaign in which she became a prominent figure on the world stage. A thrilling contest was then effectively decided on the 17th where Phatlum found sand off the tee and compounded the error by three-putting for a double bogey, leaving Hall with a three-shot lead that not even a bogey on the last could erase.


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