Georgia Hall wins Women’s British Open for first major LPGA title

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Georgia Hall produced a dream final round to capture her first major title, winning the Ricoh Women's British Open by two shots from Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum at Royal Lytham & St Annes. "I would like to thank my dad for caddying and keeping me company, as well as my mum for doing everything for me growing up".

5 GEORGIA now splits her time between Bournemouth and her boyfriend Harry Tyrell's place in Surrey.

"I think the big thing for me is just focus for every shot". I'm just so grateful.

DORSET star Georgia Hall started by competing for Snickers bars at Canford Magna - now she has joined the most prestigious list of winners in golfing history. Hall was born during the second round on April 12.

Golf-loving Wayne long saw this coming.

Hall - who was named in honour of the American state that hosts the Masters - also revealed she had spoken to former Open victor Tom Lehman, who won at Lytham St Anne's in 1996. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled.

Hall looked set to take the outright lead after a brilliant approach to the par-5 15th left her with 15ft for an eagle.

Hall said that being in contention for last year's title had stood her in good stead for Sunday's climax.

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Hall also fought back tears at the presentation ceremony as she dedicated the victory to her grandfather, saying: "There's someone very special at home that's going through a bad time so this is for you Grandad".

It was also an emotional win as her grandfather is not well.

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

The 42nd Women's British Open has delivered a new champion.

The Bournemouth golfer is just the third home victor since it became a major in 2001, following Karen Stupples (2004) and Catriona Matthew (2009).

She birdied the third, sixth, eighth, and 11th holes, and dropped her first shot of the major on the par-3 12th, a bogey.

It was neck-and-neck over the next several holes with Phatlum birdieing on the second, both repeating the feat on the third before Phatlum pulled ahead in the fifth with a birdie that got her a two-stroke advantage.

The championship moves to Memphis next year, ending a long run at Firestone.

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Hall fired birdies on Nos.

She started the 2016 season in great form and collected her first professional victory in February, claiming a one-shot win at the Oates Victorian Open over Norwegian duo Nanna Madsen and Marianne Skarpnord.

275: So Yeon Ryu (Kor) 69 69 67 70.

Phatlum rallied but it was too late and the Thai golfer finished with an aggregate of 15-under and the round at 70.

The large lead allowed 22-year-old Hall to enjoy the rousing reception she received on her victory march up to the final hole, where a three-putt bogey was academic.

Pornanong Phatlum put her miserable Women's British Open record behind her on Friday, hitting a second successive 67 to lead by a single stroke at the halfway point.

"I always joked to myself, because I haven't won a tournament since I turned pro, that the first one I win would be a major".

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