Emotional Georgia Hall joins golfing elite with British Open win

by Steven Clarke August 9, 2018, 8:08
Emotional Georgia Hall joins golfing elite with British Open win

It started from the outset, with Hall instantly applying pressure thanks to a fine clutch putt to make birdie at the first and take a share of the lead.

World no. 39 Hall - now back within one shot - saved par brilliantly on the ninth after finding the bunker off her tee shot, to the delight of a home crowd growing in belief.

She said: "I saw so many little girls come out, three or four-year-olds just wanting a picture with me".

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

Hall won two gold medals in the Australian Youth Olympics Festival in Sydney in 2013, claiming the individual women's title and helping Great Britain secure the team competition.

Hall, from Bournemouth, joined Phatlum at the top of the leaderboard after the 13th, and holed a 20ft putt on the 16th to take the lead for the first time.

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). 'It was my goal when I was nine to win the British Open.

Home favorite Georgia Hall (68) was in the tie for second place along with, who was leading by two strokes on 11 under when she lost her ball in a gorse bush at No. 17 and wound up with a double-bogey 6.

Hall played safe in three-putting from distance to finish on 17-under 271. "I'll be back here hitting long irons while those kids will be hitting wedges".

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Pornanong, who led after the second and third rounds. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled. It was very close up until the final two holes, so I was just trying to hole the putts. She had six birdies in the round.

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.

The South Korean managed seven birdies on her final round but a triple bogey on the third and further dropped shots at holes four and 10 limited her threat, ultimately finishing four shots off the lead. He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind.

Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged. She said: "Every Saturday and Sunday I played in the kids' club".

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.

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