Hall Wins Ricoh Women's British Open
Sunday, Georgia Hall and Pornanong Phatlum were locked in a dramatic back and forth that felt more like match play than the final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It wasn’t until the final stretch at Royal Lytham & St Annes that a clear leader emerged. Phatlum found trouble at the 17th and missed a short putt for bogey to give Hall a three-stroke lead with one hole play. Hall carded a final round 67 to win the Ricoh Women’s British open for her first victory on Tour. The 2018 rookie made history with victory as the first player to win the Girls’ British Open Amateur, Ladies British Open Amateur and Ricoh Women’s British Open. She also became the first Englishwoman to win the championship since Karen Stupples in 2004.
Phatlum Records Best Major Finish
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum led for two days at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. The 2009 rookie, who was poised to win for the first time on Tour, played with the composure of a tried and true champion as she recorded just two bogeys the entire week. It was ultimately a double-bogey at the 71st hole of the championship that ultimately cost her a win on Sunday. The Thai finished runner up for the fifth time in her career, which is also her career best in a major championship.
Lee In The Hunt Again in 2018
Minjee Lee, who opened with a 7-under par 65 to lead on day one at Lytham, was in the hunt come Sunday. She began the final round three-strokes back of leader Pornanong Phatlum. But the Aussie, who was runner-up the week before in Scotland, backed up with a 3-over par, 75 on Sunday to finish T15.
Jutanugarn At The Top
Ariya Jutanugarn made a charge on Sunday with a final round 69 to finish T4 for her eighth top 10 of the year. Jutanugarn moved to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings following her win in Scotland, but four players, Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu and In-Kyung Kim, had a mathematical chance of overtaking her at Lytham. Many needed a win to become No. 1 and based on their finishes Sunday, Jutanugarn is projected to remain No. 1 in the world.
The Women's British Open Returns to Woburn
Friday, the next two venues were announced for the Women’s British Open. The championship returns to Woburn Golf Club in 2019 and will be hosted by Royal Troon in 2020. Woburn last hosted the Women's British Open in 2016 when Ariya Jutanugarn won her first major title.
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