Hall produces Faldo-like performance to win Women's British Open

Phatlum is chasing a maiden major title this week

Phatlum is chasing a maiden major title this week

The 42nd Women's British Open has delivered a new champion.

Buoyed up by a supportive overnight text from Tom Lehman, who won the 1996 British Open at Lytham, Hall finished at 17-under 271, becoming the second English player to win the championship after Karen Stupples in 2004.

It was her first major championship victory but I suspect it won't be her last.

That took Hall into a tie for the lead and the 22-year-old saved par from a greenside bunker on the next to remain tied with her playing partner on 16 under with four holes to play. Golf is a very mental sport, more than people even think.

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

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.

Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand is standing out at the Women's British Open for more than just her pink golf ball.

But it was communication with another Lytham victor, American Lehman, that helped to calm her.

"He texted me last night and said: 'Go Georgia, hit the fairways and greens and make your fair share of putts, I'm pulling for you.' It's great to have him as a friend", Hall said.

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Phatlum had defied the odds to lead going into the final round on a sunny weekend at Royal Lytham St Anne's, and she played her part in a highly-entertaining final round fight for victory.

Both players had a chance to birdie the 13th, and after Phatlum missed her attempt, Hall took full advantage of being on a similar line to make the flawless read and hole from 10 feet.

Meanwhile, Andrew Putnam had five birdies and just one bogey Sunday as he wrapped up his first USPGA Tour title at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.Putnam, who played on the tour in 2015 but spent last season on the developmental Web.com tour, started the day with a three-point lead over Sam Saunders in the tournament that uses the Modified Stableford scoring format.

However, a double bogey from Phatlum on the 17th sent Hall three clear, giving her plenty of breathing space to complete a famous victory, finishing on 17-under for the tournament.

After shooting an opening-round 67, Hall - a superstitious golfer, to say the least - ordered her father and caddie, Wayne, not to change or wash his socks for the rest of the Open.

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So Yeon Ryu (70 on Sunday) finished third, four shots back of Hall.

"I tried my best and didn't play good on the back nine, but still feeling good with the score today", Phatlum said afterward. Yeah, she is from here and everyone rooting for her. "I was so happy".

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