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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.

I want to be a good role model for young girls in Britain."Hall, who took home a cheque for $490,000, is keen to see the wider benefits of her moment in the spotlight".

She was named in honour of Nick Faldo's 1996 Masters victory at Augusta National in Georgia.

Twenty-two years later, she has her hands on one of the big five trophies in women's golf - remarkably her first LPGA title of any sort.

Phatlum's playing partner Georgia Hall of England is one shot off the lead and South Korea's Ryu So-yeon is one shot behind Hall.

Hall, who receives 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.

And after her tied third finish at last year's Open at Kingsbarns she vowed to improve on that - and she most certainly did, finishing with a five-under-par 67 for a 17-under 271 total to become the first English major victor since Karen Stupples in 2004.

Hall took the outright lead for the first time in the tournament after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole and went down the last with a three-shot lead after Pornanong, ranked No. 97 and also seeking her first major and LPGA title, missed a two-foot putt to make double-bogey at No. 17.

Her round of 5-under 67, which included six birdies, saw her finish on 17-under 271.

After not qualifying for the ANA Inspiration, Hall made the cut in the following two majors and then finished a brilliant tied-third in the Women's British Open at Kingsbarns before earning another top-10 finish in the Evian Championship.

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Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand is standing out at the Women's British Open for more than just her pink golf ball.

Hall had briefly enjoyed a share of the lead when she birdied the first and although she also picked up shots on the fourth and sixth that was only good enough to stay in touch on 15 under.

Phatlum had led Hall by a single shot overnight and the pair jostled throughout an absorbing final day's play.

"My long game wasn't quite on it today but my putter saved me and I'm just going to go out there and try to play every shot as it comes tomorrow". "I'm not allowed to show any emotion because if I show I'm happy that's not right", dad Wayne said.

Hall fired birdies on Nos.

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

Hall added: "I was in the final round previous year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me". McIlroy finished the front nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered.

"Things could have certainly gone better", Woods said. "He's one of the greatest players of all time", Perry said.

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


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