British Women's Open: Guts, glory and other Lytham takeaways

British Women's Open: Guts, glory and other Lytham takeaways

British Women's Open: Guts, glory and other Lytham takeaways

Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum recorded her first bogey of the championship on Saturday and ended the third round as she started it with a one-stroke lead at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

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.

"I can't believe how many of you fans came out to support me, I am so grateful".

According to Sky Sports, Hall's name was inspired by Faldo's sensational victory-the Masters takes place in the city of Augusta in the USA state Georgia.

Hall, whose first name is in honour of the American state that hosts the Masters at Augusta, had only won twice previously since turning professional in 2014, as a rookie on the Ladies European Tour Access Series and at the 2016 Victorian Open in Australia.

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

The 22-year-old, from Bournemouth, is just the fifth British victor of a major and only the third home victor of this event since it achieved that status in 2001, following in the footsteps of Karen Stupples (2004) and Catriona Matthew (2009).

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

Hall, who had held her nerve throughout the back nine, negotiated a bogey at the last to go with her previous six birdies on the day, having held a three-shot lead.

Pornanong, also seeking her first major and LPGA title, double-bogeyed No. 17 to leave Hall with a three-shot lead down the last.

Behind Phatlum in the lead, two-time major victor So Yeon-Ryu from South Korea is third, while Japan's Marmiko Higa is in a tie for fourth.

2 SHE started off hitting shots in return for chocolate bars. He had a four-shot lead and faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would only determine his margin of victory. "I was so happy". Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled. "It was my goal when I was 9 to win the British Open".

Hall said that being in contention for last year's title had stood her in good stead for Sunday's climax. I just had to stay calm.

But instead of reflecting on the past, the former Oakmead College pupil hoped her triumph would inspire the next generation. To get six birdies on the final round of a major is not bad!

But Hall's most notable performance of previous year was on her full Solheim Cup debut, winning two matches alongside Anna Nordqvist and taking the experienced Paul Creamer to the final hole of their hard-fought singles clash on the final day.

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.

He closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open. "He's one of the greatest players of all time", Perry said.

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