Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Pornanong Phatlum retains one-stroke lead at Women's British Open

Pornanong Phatlum retains one-stroke lead at Women's British Open

Those fantasies became a reality at Royal Lytham & St Annes when she tapped in on the 18th hole and become only the fourth English woman to win a major championship.

The 21-year-old is six shots adrift from leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, who holds a one-shot lead over England's Georgia Hall.

Hall, who holed a string of great putts, had five birdies in a 69 to maintain high hopes of improving on last year's tie for third and become the first British victor since Scotland's Catriona Matthew triumphed at Lytham nine years ago.

Hall said: "It is too good to be true".

Ko admits she will need something special on the final day to claim her third major win and says she is willing to be more aggressive to do so.

"If someone had told me I was going to go 67, 67 I would have thought "wow", said Pornanong. "But now I am going to rest tonight, watch some Thai dramas and try and stay relaxed".

Hideki Matsuyama and Isao Aoki's runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open previous year and in 1980, respectively, are the closest a Japanese male golfer has gotten to a major title.

Ahead of the final day, Hall trailed course leader Pornanong Phatlum by just one shot.

Hall tied for the lead with a 10-foot birdie at the 13th hole, before she and Phatlum both birdied the par-five 15th to remain locked together.

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Hall also had huge success in the Australian Youth Olympics, winning gold in the individual event before picking up her second winner's medal in the team competition.

"Being able to hit these shots under pressure felt so good and to have six birdies in the final round of a major isn't bad is it?"

Hall is alone in second place on 12 under, with former women's world number one Ryu So-yeon of South Korea two shots behind after a 67 that matched the day's best score. I don't think it has all sunk in for me. And the way Hall kept her composure and kept producing the shots of her life down the stretch, there might be more major titles to come.

Hall looked set to take the outright lead after a brilliant approach to the par-5 15th left her with 15ft for an eagle.

She tied for third at Kingsbarns past year, and expects that she will be better for the experience.

Despite her impressive ball striking and setting up of several opportunities, Ko had to settle with 10 successive pars in her third round, before birdying the 11th and 16th holes. I wanted to hole putts for them as well because they were all cheering. A thrilling contest was then effectively decided on the 17th where Phatlum found sand off the tee and compounded the error by three-putting for a double bogey, leaving Hall with a three-shot lead that not even a bogey on the last could erase.

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