Georgia Hall wins Women's British Open for first career major title

Hall carded a bogey-free, final round 67 to win the Ricoh Women's British open for her first victory on Tour.

"It was great to get so much support, I haven't really had that before because I play in America quite a bit", Hall said.

The tears of joy as the 22-year-old picked up the trophy were inevitable, as the realisation sunk in that she is only the third Briton to win this tournament since it was recognised a as a major and only the fifth British female to win a major of any description.

His daughter was born during the 1996 Masters won by English golfer Nick Faldo at Augusta, Georgia, and she was named as a tribute to that victory.

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.

Hall joined Laura Davies, who won four, Alison Nicholas and Stupples as women's major winners from England.

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

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 added another birdie at the par-four 16th to take sole possession of the lead, before going three shots ahead when Phatlum double-bogeyed the 17th after driving into a fairway bunker. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled. She was in the final group in the Open previous year, and finished in a tie for third.

"When I was nine years old I used to say "this for the British Open" and to have that experience today was just unbelievable". I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said. Then, when Hall rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13, they were tied for the first time since the first hole.

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.

"I think the big thing for me is just focus for every shot".

They saw a one-man show Sunday that sent Thomas to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis with high hopes of joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship in stroke play.

Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged.

Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said. Hisako Higuchi, victor of the LPGA Championship in 1977, remains the only Japanese player to win a major championship on either the PGA or LPGA Tours.

Vanessa Coleman

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