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Phatlum retains one-stroke lead at Women's British Open

Phatlum retains one-stroke lead at Women's British Open

England's Georgia Hall was born during the 1996 Masters and she produced a Nick Faldo-like performance to win the Ricoh Women's British Open in Lancashire on Sunday.

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

Hall becomes the third English or Scottish woman to win the event, joining England's Karen Stupples (2004) and Scotland's Catriona Matthew (2009).

"I hit the ball really solid which was good after a pretty average ball striking day yesterday", Ko said.

"I made more mistakes than I did in the first two days", said Higa, who carded three birdies and two bogeys. "But now I am going to rest tonight, watch some Thai dramas and try and stay relaxed".

The 22-year-old finished with three birdies in the last four holes for a 69 to join Phatlum in the final group on Sunday.

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From the moment Pornanong curled in a long left-to-right putt at the second hole to answer Hall's 15-foot birdie at the first, it had the makings of a duel under the Lytham sun. She earned $490,000 for the victory. "It's going to be so long next year, I probably won't even recognize it when I come back", he said.

When Phatlum then found sand off the tee on the 17th and compounded the error by three-putting for a double bogey, Hall had the luxury of a three-shot lead and could easily afford her only bogey of the day on the 18th. "There were so many people behind me that I feel that was the reason I had good shots". I don't think it has all sunk in for me.

The 28-year-old has completed 36 holes without one bogey and is the leader on 10-under par. The way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more to come. "I felt like I putted my par putts really well, but the birdies putts weren't dropping that much, but to have a bogey free round especially at a major, I will definitely take it, so hopefully I have a lower one tomorrow". Winless the last five months without feeling as though his game were in disarray, he got the result he needed ahead of the final major of the year.

That same year, Hall represented Team GB at the 2013 Youth Olympic Festival where she won two golds and was part of the European team at the Junior Solheim Cup.

Hall contested an epic final-day battle alongside Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum - the pair racing away from the rest of the field to virtually set up a matchplay situation.

When the putt dropped and Bournemouth's Georgia Hall was confirmed as the Women's British Open champion she was lifted high up into the air by father Wayne with the packed grandstands in rapture. But she packed five woods into her bag and plotted her way to birdies at the fourth, sixth, seventh, 10th and 16th holes in her flawless second round.


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