Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

England's Hall wins Women's British Open by two strokes

England's Hall wins Women's British Open by two strokes

Hall carded a bogey-free, final round 67 to win the Ricoh Women's British open for her first victory on Tour.

Hall made two bogeys the entire week and didn't drop a single shot yesterday as she kept pace with Phatlum, who recorded a two-under 70.

Twenty-two years later, Hall is the pride of English golf just as Faldo was.

Hall also wowed the fans at Centurion in May alongside Charley Hull, the pair reaching the quarter-finals of the GolfSixes and earning a 1-1 draw with their male English counterparts Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace.

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.

The Kiwi golfer produced a blemish-free two-under 70 to sit at a tie for ninth heading into the final round.

She stamped her authority with three birdies in a four-hole stretch to beat Thailand's Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Both players had a chance to birdie the 13th, and after Phatlum missed her attempt, Hall took full advantage of being on a similar line to make the flawless read and hole from 10 feet.

Hall added another birdie at the par-four 16th to take sole possession of the lead, before going three shots ahead when Phatlum double-bogeyed the 17th after driving into a fairway bunker. Woburn last hosted the Women's British Open in 2016 when Ariya Jutanugarn won her first major title. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said.

"I just had to stay calm and patient".

"It was so nice to have so much support".

"So many people were behind me and supporting me". To get there, she was required to produce some breathtaking golf to hang on to overnight leader Phatlum's coat-tails. "It's going to be so long next year, I probably won't even recognize it when I come back", he said. "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". If she was hoping that might rattle her playing partner, Phatlum proved otherwise when she replied by converting a 25-foot birdie putt at the second before both of them made birdies at the fourth and Phatlum then made a 2 at the short fifth.

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.

Of the other British participants, England's Bronte Law finished tied 39th on level par, Matthew was a shot worse off in tied 42nd, and Wales' Lydia Hall ended in tied 55th on six over.

She birdied three of the last four holes to join Pornanong in the final group on Sunday.

"I always joked that a major would be my first win", Hall said. I think the crowds love golf, they love seeing their LPGA players here.

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