England's Hall wins Women's British Open as Aussie Lee fades

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DORSET star Georgia Hall started by competing for Snickers bars at Canford Magna - now she has joined the most prestigious list of winners in golfing history.

Those fantasies became a reality at Royal Lytham & St Annes when she tapped in on the 18th hole and become only the fourth English woman to win a major championship.

Her bogey on the last hole was her first of the round, and she dropped just three shots in the whole tournament - an astonishing achievement on such a hard links course.

But Sunday belonged to Hall, who had her father Wayne serving as caddy.

Hall - who was named in honour of the American state that hosts the Masters - also revealed she had spoken to former Open victor Tom Lehman, who won at Lytham St Anne's in 1996. She was named in honour of that victory, which came after Faldo overcame a six-stroke deficit to Greg Norman in the final round.

Twenty-two years later, Hall is the pride of English golf just like Faldo was.

The resulting bogey saw the 28-year-old's lead cut to a single shot and Hall kept it that way thanks to a superb par save on the ninth after finding a greenside bunker with her tee shot.

Ryu was in danger of slipping down after two early bogeys, but roared back with four straight birdies from the fifth hole, and picked up three more shots on the back nine.

"I can't believe it is true", Hall said during a television interview just moments after the victory. To get six birdies on the final round of a major is not bad!

Hall, who received a check of $490,000, became the first English major victor since Karen Stupples won this event in 2004, and the fourth overall, along with Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas.

At the age of 22, Hall - who finished tied for third at last year's Open - managed to record a first major title win and become just the fourth English victor of the tournament.

Pornanong is one shot clear of group of three players - England's Georgia Hall, Japan's Mamiko Higa and the first-round leader, Australia's Minjee Lee.

Pornanong, a 16-time victor on tours in Thailand, Asia and Europe, admits she has been inspired by the Jutanugarn sisters - Moriya and world number one Ariya - who have boosted women's golf in her home country.

Hall tied for the lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 13th hole, before she and Phatlum both birdied the par-five 15th to remain locked together.

While Pornanong will be singing to herself in the final round, Hall will be counting on experience.

Hall was always chasing, but was given hope when Pornanong bogeyed No. 8 to reduce her lead to one shot.

Hall fired birdies on Nos.

The 2018 LPGA Tour rookie finished the week at 17-under par, two-strokes ahead of 36 and 54-hole leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand.

It was also an emotional win as her grandfather is not well.

"Singing in my head makes me come down more, not get too nervous", she said.

"I told myself just to stay calm the whole way and not think about anything".

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.

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