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England's Georgia Hall used to imagine as a young girl she was putting to win the British Open - on Sunday that fantasy became a reality as she showed grit and a steely nerve to win her first major at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

From one up at the 12th, Phatlum found herself one down by the time of her penultimate tee shot - a hole that would effectively kill her chances stone dead.

She was born just two days after pro-golfer Nick Faldo overcame a huge deficit going into the last day of the Masters to win his third Masters at Augusta.

Hall, who had never previously tasted victory on the Ladies European Tour or LPGA Tour, carded six birdies in a closing 67 to finish on 17 under par, two shots ahead of Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum.

That mid-range putt earned her the solo lead as well at 18 under.

Hall, who receives a cheque of US$490,000, became the first English major victor since Karen Stupples won this event in 2004, and the fourth over all along with Laura Davies and Alison Nicholas. Brown - he of "Ken on the Course" fame - walked nine holes with her on Wednesday, while as the man who won the Open at Lytham in 1996 Lehman's input was also valued.

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Home favorite Georgia Hall (68) was in the tie for second place along with, who was leading by two strokes on 11 under when she lost her ball in a gorse bush at No. 17 and wound up with a double-bogey 6.

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.

Pornanong closed with a 70 for 15 under par with South Korea's Ryu So-yeon in third place on 13 under after a 70 that was blighted by a triple-bogey seven at the third.

"I played in the Solheim Cup (Europe v the USA) and loved it".

Roared on under blue skies by the large gallery desperate for a home victor, the 39th-ranked Hall started the day a shot behind Pornanong, who led after the second and third rounds. It was very close up until the final two holes, so I was just trying to hole the putts. "I don't get much in America but this is home for me and it's so nice to play in England in front of a home crowd".

"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?"

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"I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said.

Ariya Jutanugarn made a charge on Sunday with a final round 69 to finish T4 for her eighth top 10 of the year.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot 64 and for third on 10-under par.

Also the 2014 and 2015 victor at TPC Twin Cities, the 57-year-old Perry matched Hale Irwin's tournament record of three victories in the final edition of the event that started in 1993 at Bunker Hills.

He closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory in the PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour's 3M Open.

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