Rookie becomes rare Englishwoman to win British Open

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       Highlights from the second round of the Women's British Open

2:38 Highlights from the second round of the Women's British Open

It was fitting that Wayne, a former two-handicapper himself, was on the bag to experience the biggest moment of his daughter's career.

Hall - who was named in honour of the American state that hosts the Masters - also revealed she had spoken to former Open victor Tom Lehman, who won at Lytham St Anne's in 1996. She was named in honour of that victory, which came after Faldo overcame a six-stroke deficit to Greg Norman in the final round.

DORSET star Georgia Hall started by competing for Snickers bars at Canford Magna - now she has joined the most prestigious list of winners in golfing history. "I used to say that and I've actually done it now", Hall told reporters. She had six birdies in the round.

And after her tied third finish at last year's Open at Kingsbarns she vowed to improve on that - and she most certainly did, finishing with a five-under-par 67 for a 17-under 271 total to become the first English major victor since Karen Stupples in 2004.

Lydia Ko lines up a putt during her final round of the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Brooke Henderson (69) of Smiths Falls, Ont., was tied for seventh at 8 under.

Pornanong, also seeking her first major and LPGA title, double-bogeyed No. 17 to leave Hall with a three-shot lead down the last.

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.

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From the moment Pornanong 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 under the Lytham sun.

Trailing Phatlum by a shot overnight, the 22-year-old from Bournemouth held her nerve as the pair traded birdies in a compelling contest that effectively turned in to matchplay on the back nine.

Hall also shot five-under-par 67 on Sunday, playing with the type of relentless consistency for which Faldo was famous and beating Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes. Hall played safe in three-putting from distance to finish on 17-under 271. She had never won on the Ladies European Tour, either.

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'm so happy she win, " the Thai said.

"If I did, I would have probably hit a bad shot, so I stayed very calm and patient".

"My ball striking wasn't as good as yesterday, so I didn't really have that many birdie opportunities", Ko said after her second round.

Pornanong closed with a 70 for 15 under par with South Korea's Ryu So-yeon in third place on 13 under after a 70 that was blighted by a triple-bogey seven at the third.

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