Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Hall produces Faldo-like performance to win Women's British Open

Hall produces Faldo-like performance to win Women's British Open

HALL wrote a piece of golfing history for herself when she became only the third home golfer to win the Women's British Open since it became a major championship in 2001.

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.

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

The way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more to come.

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

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After England's Georgia Hall claimed her maiden major title at the Women's British Open, we look at her career highlights so far.

She is just the second English victor of the Women's British Open - after Karen Stupples in 2004 - since it became a major in 2001, and she becomes the first player to win the British Girls, British Ladies Amateur and British Women's Open.

Phatlum's advantage grew by a shot as she sunk a collection of fine putts for three birdies in a row, but Hall matched up to make two birdies of her own and stay in contention.

A three-putt on the 17th green gave Hall a healthy cushion heading to the final hole, which could have been even greater had the Englishwoman's birdie putt not pulled up agonisingly short. "I try to plan every shot, every hole". An official with NBC/Golf Channel said the decision to air the broadcast in this manner was made based on the fact that Hall and Phatlum teed off in the final twosome at 9:30 a.m. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said.

"I finished third past year and that experience definitely helped today". Then, when Hall rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13, they were tied for the first time since the first hole.

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For Phatlum it has been an fantastic week having missed six of her previous seven cuts in this event.

Hall, who finished third in the British Open last year, added: "Last year was a learning curve for me and I got so much experience in the British Open and the Solheim Cup and I learned that I can play and compete against the best in the world".

A week before defending his PGA Championship title, Justin Thomas on Sunday demonstrated that his game is in excellent shape as he blew away the field for a four-stroke victory at the World Golf Championships (WGC) Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Ariya Jutanugarn made a charge on Sunday with a final round 69 to finish T4 for her eighth top 10 of the year.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said.

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Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged.

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