As the final round of the Women’s British Open came to an end, it was Georgia Hall who raised the trophy in victory after a tournament that saw multiple leader changes.
At 22 years of age, Hall faced stiff completion from Pornanong Phatlum, who was in the lead at the end of the third round, as the two were close in score in from the beginning of round one through to the third round.
As the day went on, it was Hall that slowly began to move out front of Phatlum in what was a tight race at the Royal Lytham course. It was Hall’s first major title on the LPGA tour and her first win at the Women’s British Open.
The winning shot for Hall came on the 18th hole after tapping in her putt to earn a birdie. This gave the British player a two shot lead over Phatlum. Afterwards, the two hugged and was then congratulated by her father Wayne, who happens to be her caddie.
As her father Wayne was a two- handicap golfer himself, she was named in honour of the Augusta, Georgia course being that the tournament was in motion as she was born and saw English golfer Nick Faldo winning the 1996 Masters at the famous Augusta course.
Now 22 years later, it was Hall who brought home pride after winning on home soil. The young player was able to maintain composure, stay focused and produce shot after shot and ended the final round at 5-under 67 and 17-under 271 for the tournament.
Speaking to the media after the final round, Hall said,
“I was loving it deep down, hitting the shots under pressure. To get six birdies in the final round of a major is not bad.”
Hall’s efforts earned her a $490,000 payday and joined British women Alison Nicholas, Laura Davies and Karen Stupples who have won the British Open. She also joins two others who registered wins after the event received the honour of being a Major event.
Canada’s Brooke Henderson, who hails from Smiths Falls, Ont., finished the tournament in 11th place at 6 under-par. Henderson has three bogeys and a double bogey to see her end the final round at two over par.
Hall, who is ranked 39th in the world, began the day one shot behind Pornanong Phatlum. The day was one that had all the markings of an epic back and forth battle after Halls birdie on the first hole. Phatlum responded with a birdie on the second hole.
The fourth hole saw Phatlum and Hall both earning birdies, and the Thailand player moved ahead by two shots after earning birdie on the 6th hole. Hall was continually behind until the 13th hole when she sunk a ten foot putt to once again be in a tie for first.
Hall then broke into the lead after sinking a twenty foot putt on the 16th hole, and she stayed out front after the two leaders went into the final three holes. Hall secured the win after Phatlum double bogey on the 17th and Hall double birdied on the 18th.
Commenting on the final three holes and her winning the final round, Hall said,
“It is too good to be true. It was my goal when I was nine to win the British Open. I am so happy. I just had to stay calm and patient. It was very close up to the last two holes and I holed all the putts today.”
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