Hall turns her British Open fantasy into wonderful reality

Ko gets some advice from her caddy

Georgia Hall of England celebrates with her father / caddie Wayne Hall on the 18th green during the final round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on August 5, 2018 in Lytham St Annes, England.

The large lead allowed 22-year-old Hall to enjoy the rousing reception she received on her victory march up to the final hole, where a three-putt bogey was academic.

Hall also fought back tears at the presentation ceremony as she dedicated the victory to her grandfather, saying: "There's someone very special at home that's going through a bad time so this is for you Grandad".

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.

Georgia was born during the 1996 Masters won by Englishman Nick Faldo.

Phatlum's playing partner Georgia Hall of England is one shot off the lead and South Korea's Ryu So-yeon is one shot behind Hall.

She also became the first Englishwoman to win the championship since Karen Stupples in 2004.

"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'".

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.

Hall began day four one shot behind Phatlum, but a birdie on 16 and a double bogey from her Thai opponent on 17 handed Hall the advantage. "I try to plan every shot, every hole".

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. I am so happy.

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. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled.

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

But instead of reflecting on the past, the former Oakmead College pupil hoped her triumph would inspire the next generation. Her previous best had been in a tie for 3rd in 2015. Her focus gone, the LPGA's 2017 Rookie of the Year wan't able to get her final round back on track.

Champions - Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open.

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

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

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

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