British Women's Open: Guts, glory and other Lytham takeaways

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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.

Hall opened with birdie, and by the time she made a 20-footer at the 16th, she had six on the day. "I've come this far, so all I do now is put on my best play", she said.

Georgia Kelly Hall was born in Bournemouth on April 12, 1996, two days before Sir Nick Faldo pulled off one of the greatest sporting comebacks in history to win his third Masters title over a luckless Greg Norman at Augusta National.

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

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

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"When I was practicing with my dad or on my own at the golf club, I'd say: 'Right, this is a six-footer to win the British Open and then I can go home'".

Hall, who had held her nerve throughout the back nine, negotiated a bogey at the last to go with her previous six birdies on the day, having held a three-shot lead.

Tied with Phatlum with three holes left, Hall birdied 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 missed the cut in the 2016 Women's British Open, but she responded superbly with four consecutive top-seven finishes on the Ladies European Tour, but it was her 2017 campaign in which she became a prominent figure on the world stage. An official with NBC/Golf Channel said the decision to air the broadcast in this manner was made based on the fact that Hall and Phatlum teed off in the final twosome at 9:30 a.m. "I was so happy".

Hall added: "I was in the final round previous year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me". I was staying very calm and patient and it was very close up to the last two holes and I was just trying to hole the putts.

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★ Now her Cinderella story is set to inspire other young sportspeople wanting to get a taste of world-class action. An early birdie gave her hope but she struggled from that point on.

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. She was 10 under par overall.

Thomas started the final round with a three-shot cushion and was never seriously challenged. "I did not hit the ball as well today but we had so much control and I had a very clean card at the end".

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