Georgia Hall wins Women's British Open for first career major 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.

She added another birdie on the 13th hole but bogeys on holes 14 and 18 left her at 10 under after a round of one-under 71.

Ahead of a tournament in Abu Dhabi a year ago, Hall hit a drive of 579 yards on Yas Marina race track, believed to be the world's longest drive by a female golfer.

Fittingly she did so with her father Wayne acting as her caddie, the former two-handicapper having named his daughter in honour of Nick Faldo's Masters triumph in Augusta, Georgia, in 1996.

Hall had briefly enjoyed a share of the lead when she birdied the first and although she also picked up shots on the fourth and sixth that was only good enough to stay in touch on 15 under.

Hall finished up with her only bogey of the day on the eighteenth but never looked likely to allow her lead to slip and joined Dame Laura Davies, Allison Nicholls and Karen Stupples as an English-born victor of the British Open.

"When I was nine years old I used to say "this for the British Open" and to have that experience today was just unbelievable".

She won by two shots from Pornanong (70).

However, a double bogey from Phatlum on the 17th sent Hall three clear, giving her plenty of breathing space to complete a famous victory, finishing on 17-under for the tournament.

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Hall missed the cut in the 2016 Women's British Open, but she responded superbly with four consecutive top-seven finishes on the Ladies European Tour, but it was her 2017 campaign in which she became a prominent figure on the world stage. "I try to plan every shot, every hole". I am so happy.

Hall added: "I was in the final round a year ago [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me". The Thai finished runner up for the fifth time in her career, which is also her career best in a major championship.

"It was great to get so much support, I haven't really had that before because I play in America quite a bit", Hall said.

Thomas had not had a score better than 67, and he had not finished higher than a tie for 28th in his two previous appearances at Firestone.

Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player who was coming off a victory in the Canadian Open last week, started the final round 10 shots behind and shot 29 on the front nine.

So Yeon Ryu fell victim to Lytham's fairway pot bunkers early in her round.

Champions - Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open.

Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas never let anyone closer than two shots of the lead.

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