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

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

Georgia Hall of England reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major title on Sunday.

But she only had one more birdie the rest of the day (at No. 15) and had a bogey on 8 before a disastrous double-bogey on the par-4, 17th hole dropped her three shots back of Hall.

It was fitting that Wayne, a former two-handicapper himself, was on the bag to experience the biggest moment of his daughter's career.

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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.

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

Players get eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie and zero for par with a point subtracted for a bogey and three points docked for double bogey or worse, with Putnam amassing nine points on Sunday to finish with a total of 47.

"I was loving it, deep down, hitting the shots under pressure", said Hall, who barely showed any emotion all round. 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".

Hall, who receives a cheque of US$490,000, became the first English major victor since Karen Stupples won this event in 2004, and the fourth over all along with Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas.

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

The world no. 39 from Bournemouth came from behind to overturn the lead held overnight by Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum.

But a 70 earned her second place on 15 under, with Ryu (70) another two shots back in third.

Phatlum's playing partner Georgia Hall of England is one shot off the lead and South Korea's Ryu So-yeon is one shot behind Hall.

Dorset's Hall was a shot behind having turned in 32 but gained the advantage after draining a 25-foot putt up the hill for birdie on the 16th.

Like Hall she has yet to win on the LPGA Tour so this was an exceptional performance with just three bogeys in 72 holes. So it was kind of a battle yesterday."It's my fourth year on tour as a professional and loads of people were asking when was it (a tournament win) going to come".

'It is too good to be true, ' Hall, 22, said.

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 am so happy.

"I just got a huge knot in my throat and I just had to put my head down", he said after closing with a 1-under 69 for his first World Golf Championship title.

"I played really well today and putted so good, so I'm over the moon".

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