(Reuters) – England’s Georgia Hall produced a scintillating five-under-par 67 in the final round to clinch victory at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in Lancashire on Sunday.
She birdied three of the final six holes to beat Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Cheered on by a large gallery, Hall finished at 17-under 271, becoming the second English player to win the championship after Karen Stupples in 2004.
Tied with Phatlum with three holes left, Hall birdied the par-four 16th to take sole possession of the lead, before going three shots ahead when Phatlum double-bogeyed the 17th after driving into a fairway bunker.
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.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)