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Ko ready to give it all in British Open crunchtime

09 August 2018

She became the first English player of either sex to win a major at Royal Lytham since Tony Jacklin won the 1969 British Open.

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Pornanong, who led after the second and third rounds.

According to Sky Sports, Hall's name was inspired by Faldo's sensational victory-the Masters takes place in the city of Augusta in the USA state Georgia. Hall would be the first Englishwomen to win the Open in 14 years.

Hall also carded a 69 today to finish 12-under par for the Championship this evening. Hall took the safer route on the 18th and ended up signing off with a tap-in bogey, but more importantly 17-under and 67 in the final round.

She began the final round three-strokes back of leader Pornanong Phatlum. But she packed five woods into her bag and plotted her way to birdies at the fourth, sixth, seventh, 10th and 16th holes in her flawless second round. Hall made her debut at the Women's British Open as an amateur in 2013 and finished just outside the top 40.

"I finished third previous year and that experience definitely helped today".

"I hit the ball really solid which was good after a pretty average ball striking day yesterday", Ko said.

Hall also wowed the fans at Centurion in May alongside Charley Hull, the pair reaching the quarter-finals of the GolfSixes and earning a 1-1 draw with their male English counterparts Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace.

Ryu So-yeon is one shot back from Hall after climbing the leaderboard with a run of six birdies between the fifth and the 12th.

With her famous win at the Women's British Open, golfer Georgia Hall became just the third Brit to win the tournament since it became a major in 2001.

"I think the big thing for me is just focus for every shot".

From the moment Phatlum curled in a long left-to-right putt at the second hole to answer Hall's 15-foot birdie at the first, it had the makings of a duel in the Lytham sun.

Phatlum found trouble at the 17th and missed a short putt for bogey to give Hall a three-stroke lead with one hole play.

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

"They have both won on the LPGA Tour", she said. I am so happy.

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

In the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, on the South course where Woods set a PGA Tour record with eight victories, he tried to end with a bang and turned in a dud.

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.

Ko ready to give it all in British Open crunchtime