Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Georgia Hall Sees Her Dreams Come Spectacularly True at Royal Lytham

Georgia Hall Sees Her Dreams Come Spectacularly True at Royal Lytham

The Englishwoman reeled in longtime leader Pornanong Phatlum in a gripping final-round duel Sunday at Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major title.

Hall's consistency throughout the year saw her crowned European No 1, and she then earned her full card for the LPGA Tour when, having won Stage Two of Qualifying School, she held her nerve to finish in the top five of the final stage.

Buoyed up by a supportive overnight text from Tom Lehman, who won the 1996 British Open at Lytham, Hall finished at 17-under 271, becoming the second English player to win the championship after Karen Stupples in 2004.

'It's too good to be true really, ' Hall said after her win.

"When I was nine years old I used to say "this for the British Open" and to have that experience today was just unbelievable". I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said. "I can't show any emotion at all, it's just to try and keep her levelheaded really".

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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.

Phatlum's playing partner Georgia Hall of England is one shot off the lead and South Korea's Ryu So-yeon is one shot behind Hall.

However, an errant drive on the eighth led to a bogey for the 28-year-old and Hall moved into a share of the lead thanks to a birdie from 10 feet on the 13th.

Named in honor of a famous Masters victory, Georgia Hall has her hands on one of the big trophies in women's golf at the age of 22.

In 2017, Hall returned to the Women's British Open to finish in tied-third, a high she matched in the World Ladies Championship.

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Pornanong, leader at halfway and after 54 holes, did little wrong, but was finally overtaken by Hall's late great run and only then started making costly errors.

Hall dedicated the win to her grandfather, saying: 'There's someone special at home who's going through a very bad time, so this is for you, granddad'. The way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more to come. I don't think it has all sunk in for me.

'It's incredible. I had so much support today from all the people backing me and supporting me and cheering my name. "I'm in a pretty good position". It was ultimately a double-bogey at the 71st hole of the championship that ultimately cost her a win on Sunday. Georgia Hall thrilled the home crowd when she joined a pantheon of players who have conquered Royal Lytham's links - Annika Sörenstam, Bobby Jones, Gary Player, Seve, and so many others.

Pornanong has missed six cuts from seven previous appearances in the championship and her best result in a major is a tie for seventh in the 2014 US Women's Open.

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