Mamiko Higa falls into fourth place at Women's British Open

Mamiko Higa falls into fourth place at Women's British Open

Mamiko Higa falls into fourth place at Women's British Open

HALL wrote a piece of golfing history for herself when she became only the third home golfer to win the Women's British Open since it became a major championship in 2001.

She stamped her authority with three birdies in a four-hole stretch to beat Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

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.

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

Georgia was born during the 1996 Masters won by Englishman Nick Faldo.

A flawless four-under 68 helped Aditi Ashok record her best ever finish in a Major as she ended her campaign at Tied-22nd in the Ricoh Women's British Open here.

She had three birdies and three bogeys offset each other, but a double bogey on the par-four 17th hole put her at two over for the round.

Hall immediately pulled level with Phatlum with a birdie on the first on Sunday but was two down on her opponent by the time they had completed hole fives.

Remarkably, his was Hall's first top-flight win as a professional, but with Wayne, the former plasterer who introduced her to the game as a seven year old, as her caddie, she looked like a veteran prevailing at her umpteenth major. "I don't believe it has sunk in yet. I don't get much in America but this is home for me and it's so nice to play in England in front of a home crowd".

"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". "I try to plan every shot, every hole".

Hall added: "I was in the final round previous year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me".

The Bangalore girl has made cuts in ANA Inspiration with a best of T-42, while missing the weekend action at the US Women's Open and Evian Championships.

"I hope it will bring more sponsorship to the Ladies European Tour", she said.

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Phatlum, who led after the second and third rounds.

Hall was able to enjoy the walk down the 18th - by then she had a three-shot lead and she played for a safe bogey.

Hall sealed a two-shot victory thanks to a final-round 67 at the famous Lancashire links venue, a place where golfing legends, Bobby Jones, Tony Jacklin, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros have all sealed Open Championship glory.

That took Hall into a tie for the lead and the 22-year-old saved par from a greenside bunker on the next to remain tied with her playing partner on 16 under.

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