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

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

With a three-stroke lead heading down the 18th hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on Sunday, it was clear England's own Georgia Hall was going to win the Ricoh Women's British Open, barring a historic disaster.

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.

Ahead of a tournament in Abu Dhabi past year, Hall hit a drive of 579 yards on Yas Marina race track, believed to be the world's longest drive by a female golfer.

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

Phatlum had led Hall by a single shot overnight and the pair jostled throughout an absorbing final day's play.

The 22-year-old is the first British golfer to win a women's major since Scotland's Catriona Matthew won this event in 2009, and England's first since Karen Stupples did likewise five years earlier.

"It was my goal when I was nine-years old on the putting green, pretending to hole six-footers for the British Open".

But she only had one more birdie the rest of the day (at No. 15) and had a bogey on 8 before a disastrous double-bogey on the par-4, 17th hole dropped her three shots back of Hall. Then Phatlum found one of those terrible fairway bunkers on the par-four 17th and missed a short bogey putt.

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.

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.




"I played in the Solheim Cup (Europe v the USA) and loved it".

Hall finished on 17 under, having picked up five shots on the final day. "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne 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.

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

For Phatlum it has been an awesome week having missed six of her previous seven cuts in this event. "I'm just so grateful".

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.

A double-bogey at the 17th finally ended her challenge.

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

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

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot 64 and for third on 10-under par.

"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time for it to leave", Thomas said. 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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