ENGLAND'S Georgia Hall produced a superb final round to claim her first major at the Women's British Open.
The final day turned out to be a two horse race between the pair at the back of the field, Hall and Pornanong.
But Sunday belonged to Hall, who had her father Wayne serving as caddy.
It was fitting that Wayne, a former two-handicapper himself, was on the bag to experience the biggest moment of his daughter's career.
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Her final round secured a two-shot win over Pornanong.
9 AHEAD of a tournament in Abu Dhabi previous year, Hall hit a drive of 579 yards on Yas Marina race track, believed to be the world's longest drive by a female golfer. "I love links golf and I am playing in England which is very rare so it is nIce to make the most of the opportunity".
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. She had six birdies in the round.
The 22-year-old, from Bournemouth, is just the fifth British victor of a major and only the third home victor of this event since it achieved that status in 2001, following in the footsteps of Karen Stupples (2004) and Catriona Matthew (2009).
"I don't know what it is but the bigger the competition the more enjoyable and fun it is", added Hall when asked about her capacity to play big events such as this event past year and the Solheim Cup well. 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.
Hall fired birdies on Nos.
Phatlum, the third-round leader, came out strong with four birdies over the first six holes.
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.
Hall was named Georgia in honour of the American state that hosts the Masters, which Faldo won two days after she was born, with a famous final-round 67 that mowed down Greg Norman.
"I hit the ball really solid which was good after a pretty average ball striking day yesterday", Ko said. 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. I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said. I just had to stay calm.
"I finished third a year ago and that experience definitely helped today".
Behind Phatlum in the lead, two-time major victor So Yeon-Ryu from South Korea is third, while Japan's Marmiko Higa is in a tie for fourth. McIlroy finished the front nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered. Ian Poulter shot 74.
Struggling to hold back the tears at the presentation, she said: "This is for you Grandad". "But it is what it is, and on to next week". Her previous best had been in a tie for 3rd in 2015. She was 10 under par overall.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot 64 and for third on 10-under par.
Champions - Kenny Perry won the 3M Championship one last time, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open. Wes Short Jr. was second after a 63.