Rookie becomes rare Englishwoman to win British Open

Ko gets some advice from her caddy

Ko gets some advice from her caddy

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.

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

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.

The 20-year-old Indian finally found some rhythm in her game this week as she produced a bogey free round that included a hat-trick of birdies from sixth to eighth and a fourth one on 16th.

Phatlum shot a final-round 70 but was no match for Hall down the stretch.

Pornanong, the leader after the second and third rounds, started the day a shot ahead of Hall, opened her lead to two strokes after three straight birdies from No. 4, but was caught by her playing partner at No. 13 when Hall birdied.

From the moment Phatlum 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 in the Lytham sun. Both players went out in 32.

Hall began day four one shot behind Phatlum, but a birdie on 16 and a double bogey from her Thai opponent on 17 handed Hall the advantage.

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

Winning her first major title on home soil seemed too good to be true for England's Georgia Hall.

She became the first English player of either sex to win a major at Royal Lytham since Tony Jacklin won the 1969 British Open. "I'm so happy she won". "I knew if I stayed patient and kept working hard I could win and it would come along".

Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas never let anyone closer than two shots of the lead. I was loving it deep down, hitting the shots under pressure. I'm still a member and it's my home."I had to miss roughly three majors because I couldn't afford to get there, which was frustrating as I'd qualified. 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".

Hall fired birdies on Nos.

She also became the first Englishwoman to win the championship since Karen Stupples in 2004.

Brooke Henderson (74) of Smiths Falls, Ont., tied for 11th at six under par.

Australian Minjee Lee is three strokes behind leader Pornanong Phatlum going into the final round of the Women's British Open.

"I always joked that a major would be my first win", Hall said.

"I don't think it's all sunk in for me".

"I felt like I putted my par putts really well but the birdie putts weren't dropping that much". A short sideway escape and an impossible approach, ended up with a triple bogey on the par-four third and another bunker encounter on the fourth put Ryu back far enough that despite some fine play she wasn't able to make up the lost ground.

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