Georgia Hall: All you need to know about new Women's Open champion

Hull had posted top-10 finishes in the first three women's majors of the year

Hull had posted top-10 finishes in the first three women's majors of the year

With her famous win at the Women's British Open, golfer Georgia Hall became just the third Brit to win the tournament since it became a major in 2001.

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. "It's going to be so long next year, I probably won't even recognize it when I come back", he said.

She was named in honour of Nick Faldo's 1996 Masters victory at Augusta National in Georgia.

Twenty-two years later, she has her hands on one of the big five trophies in women's golf - remarkably her first LPGA title of any sort.

Hall went to the devilish 18th with a three stroke cushion and while she probably didn't want that final three putt, that's the way it ended.

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

Mamiko Higa shot a 1-under 71 Saturday and dropped two notches to fourth place, but kept alive her hopes of becoming the second Japanese player to win a major title after three rounds at the Women's British Open.

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Phatlum, who missed only 11 fairways all week, sealed her fate when she drove into a bunker on the 17th hole and made a double bogey, giving Hall a three-stroke advantage going to the closing hole.

Hall shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to finish at 17-under 271 while becoming the fourth-youngest victor of the Women's British Open. On the 15th, Hall could have had an eagle, but had to settle for a birdie to match Phatlum's. I am so happy. Then, when Hall rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 13, they were tied for the first time since the first hole. "I just loved every minute". The Thai finished runner up for the fifth time in her career, which is also her career best in a major championship. The 2018 rookie made history with victory as the first player to win the Girls' British Open Amateur, Ladies British Open Amateur and Ricoh Women's British Open.

"I was very confident going into this event from previous year (equal third) and I love links golf and I'm playing in England, which is very rare".

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.

Struggling to hold back the tears at the presentation, she said: "This is for you Grandad".

"I was loving it, deep down, hitting the shots under pressure", said Hall, who barely showed any emotion all round.

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. His one-under-par 69 more than enough to clinch his ninth PGA Tour title - his first in a WGC event.

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