Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

What You Missed From the Weekend at Ricoh Women's British Open

What You Missed From the Weekend at Ricoh Women's British Open

Georgia Hall of England reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major title on Sunday.

That took Hall into a tie for the lead and the 22-year-old saved par from a greenside bunker on the next to remain tied with her playing partner on 16 under.

Jason Day looked the most likely to challenge Thomas, at one point getting to within two shots, but a meltdown run of three bogeys and a double bogey in five holes on the back nine derailed his challenge.

She has already put some distance between numerous big names in women's golf.

Georgia was born during the 1996 Masters won by English golfer Nick Faldo at Augusta, Georgia.

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

Georgia Hall has earned £530,000 from her golf career, according to the Ladies European Tour data.

Hall finished up with her only bogey of the day on the eighteenth but never looked likely to allow her lead to slip and joined Dame Laura Davies, Allison Nicholls and Karen Stupples as an English-born victor of the British Open.

At the age of 22, Hall - who finished tied for third at last year's Open - managed to record a first major title win and become just the fourth English victor of the tournament. Then Phatlum found one of those awful fairway bunkers on the par-four 17th and missed a short bogey putt.

So Yeon Ryu (70 on Sunday) finished third, four shots back of Hall.

2 SHE started off hitting shots in return for chocolate bars.

Hall finished on 17 under, having picked up five shots on the final day. "I was so happy".

★ Now her Cinderella story is set to inspire other young sportspeople wanting to get a taste of world-class action. I was staying very calm and patient and it was very close up to the last two holes and I was just trying to hole the putts.

But Hall's most notable performance of previous 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. 'It was my goal when I was nine - I'd say on the putting green, "this six-footer is for the British Open" and to actually have that, I'm over the moon. Her previous best had been in a tie for 3rd in 2015. Here JENNIFER DUNKERLEY tees off 10 fairway facts about her...

Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged. "I played well today; I putted great". His one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title - his first in a WGC event.

A birdie at No. 10 put him three shots behind, but Johnson bogeyed the last hole for a 64 and shared third with Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

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