Pornanong singing to keep lead of Women's British Open

Ko gets some advice from her caddy

If she wins, Phatlum will become the second Thai golfer in three years to take the title, but is being pushed all the way by England's Georgia Hall, who birdied the 18th today to remain just one shot off the lead in this Ladies Professional Golf Association championship at an event which is the fourth of this year's five women's majors.

"It was great to get so much support, I haven't really had that before because I play in America quite a bit", Hall said. "It's going to be so long next year, I probably won't even recognize it when I come back", he said.

Named in honor of a famous Masters victory, Georgia Hall has her hands on one of the big trophies in women's golf at the age of 22.

Hall, who received a check of $490,000, became the first English major victor since Karen Stupples won this event in 2004, and the fourth overall, along with Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas.

Hall became the first English Women's British Open victor since Karen Stupples in 2004.

She stamped her authority with three birdies in a four-hole stretch to beat Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum by two strokes at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Hall's missed birdie putt became irrelevant when Phatlum doubled. Two of them, So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park, had a chance to add a third major championship title to their lists of accomplishments. "I knew if I stayed patient and kept working hard I could win and it would come along".

"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.

But Hall's most notable performance of a year ago was on her full Solheim Cup debut, winning two matches alongside Anna Nordqvist and taking the experienced Paul Creamer to the final hole of their hard-fought singles clash on the final day. The two-time major victor birdied three holes in a row from the fifth then added four more in five holes from the 11th to get to 13-under, three behind Hall and Phatlum.

Phatlum found sand off the tee and compounded the error by three-putting for a double bogey, leaving Hall with a three-shot lead and just one hole to play. I'm so happy she win, " the Thai said. If she was hoping that might rattle her playing partner, Phatlum proved otherwise when she replied by converting a 25-foot birdie putt at the second before both of them made birdies at the fourth and Phatlum then made a 2 at the short fifth.

Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, started 11 shots behind and figured he would go out with a bang by playing aggressively.

Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player who was coming off a victory in the Canadian Open last week, started the final round 10 shots behind and shot 29 on the front nine. "I'm just so grateful".

"Winning this tournament has always been my goal for the year", Ryu said.

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