Georgia Hall wins Women's British Open with dad's socks

Lynette Rowe
August 9, 2018

England's Georgia Hall celebrates winning the Women's British Open with the trophy.

And after her tied third finish at last year's Open at Kingsbarns she vowed to improve on that - and she most certainly did, finishing with a five-under-par 67 for a 17-under 271 total to become the first English major victor since Karen Stupples in 2004.

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

Hall tapped in for a bogey - her first of the day - at the last hole to clinch a two-shot victory over Phatlum.

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.

However, an errant drive on the eighth led to a bogey for the 28-year-old and Hall moved into a share of the lead thanks to a birdie from 10 feet on the 13th.

Ryu, who has three top-10 British Open finishes climbed up the leaderboard with a run of six birdies from the fifth to the 12th.

"I was loving it deep down, hitting the shots under pressure", said Hall, who barely showed any emotions all round. "I can't believe it really happened".

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"I made more mistakes than I did in the first two days", said Higa, who carded three birdies and two bogeys.

"I told myself just to stay calm the whole way and not think about anything. It was so nice to play in England in front of a home crowd". It was very close up to the last two holes and I holed all the putts'.

DORSET star Georgia Hall started by competing for Snickers bars at Canford Magna - now she has joined the most prestigious list of winners in golfing history.

But a 70 earned her second place on 15 under, with Ryu (70) another two shots back in third. 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. 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 10ft.

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.

Hall looked set to take the outright lead after a brilliant approach to the par-5 15th left her with 15ft for an eagle.

Across the pond in Akron, Ohio, Justin Thomas put in an imperious performance to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by four strokes to lay down a marker ahead of his defense of this week's US PGA title, the year's final major.

She would have it for good, as her lead ballooned to three when Phatlum double bogeyed the 17th.

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