English golfer Georgia Hall picked up her first LPGA Tour title in style at the RICOH Women’s British Open on Sunday. Becoming just the fourth female British major winner.
The 22-year-old’s first career win and first major victory on home soil at Royal Lytham & St Annes comes four years after she turned pro. With the crowd in her favour, Hall rebounded from a difficult Saturday to finish with an impressive 5-under 67 for a 17-under 271 total. Birdieing three of her last six holes to beat overnight leader Pornanong Phatlum by just two-strokes.
“I always joked that a major would be my first win,” said Hall afterwards. “I can’t believe it really happened. I played well today; I putted great.”
Someone who knew it was only a matter of time for the young golfer is four-time major winner Laura Davies who was full of praise for Hall after her incredible round on Sunday.
“All that’s coming to her is richly deserved,” Davies told Sky Sports yesterday. “She was fantastic. She struggled in the third round and obviously decided overnight that she never wanted to play like that again when in this position.”
Adding, “You know there are lots of little boys and girls watching the final round on TV and they’ve seen a young girl, at the top of her game, winning something quite sensational. Hopefully they’re going to say to their parents that they want a set of golf clubs and who knows, she might end up inspiring the next British women’s major champion.”
Born in April 1996 just days before Sir Nick Faldo’s win at Augusta, Hall’s first name was inspired by the state that hosts The Masters, making her career path and subsequent success even more poetic. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for this rising star!
Here’s a look at the Callaway player’s winning bag:
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha Epic
Fairway Woods: Callaway Rogue
Irons: Callaway Apex
; Callaway X Forged
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 4
Putter: Odyssey White Hot RX Rossie
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x