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Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Minjee falters as Hall lifts British Open

Minjee falters as Hall lifts British Open

Hall usually has her boyfriend, Harry Tyrrell, on her bag, but she made a decision 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.

She birdied three of the final six holes to beat Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Phatlum, who had started the day with a shot advantage, eventually fell short after a costly double-bogey on the pair's 71st hole of the tournament.

Georgia Hall hopes her Women's British Open victory will inspire girls to turn to golf and help attract new sponsors to the Ladies European Tour.

Her title triumph was greeted with the same acclaim by the home fans as when Tony Jacklin won the Open Championship here in 1969.

Struggling to hold back the tears at the presentation, she said: "This is for you Grandad".

She was named in honour of Nick Faldo's 1996 Masters victory at Augusta National in Georgia.

However, an errant drive on the eighth led to a bogey for the 28-year-old and a one-shot lead.

She also became the first Englishwoman to win the championship since Karen Stupples in 2004.

Matthew, who will love having Hall, a bubbly individual, on her Solheim Cup team at Gleneagles next September, finished joint 42nd on one-over after a closing 76. He joined Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson as three-time winners this season.

But Hall's most notable performance of past year 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.

"I did not hit the ball as well today but we had so much control and I had a very clean card at the end".

"I can't believe it is true", Hall said during a television interview just moments after the victory.

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. A three-putt from long range led to her only bogey of the day, but the Bournemouth woman had delivered on her day of destiny. Golf is a very mental sport, more than people even think.

To go down 18 and manage to close it out fairly easily is a relief for me. "I played with him a few weeks ago and he told me to stay out of the bunkers", Georgia said. Yeah, she is from here and everyone rooting for her. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said.

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 was at 13 under overall, one stroke ahead of playing partner Georgina Hall of England, whose scrambling through an erratic round kept her in contention also for a first major title.

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