The Englishwoman reeled in long-time leader Pornanong Phatlum in a gripping final-round duel at Royal Lytham to win the Women's British Open for her first major title on Sunday.

Dame Laura Davies believes Georgia Hall can inspire future golfing champions after the 22-year-old claimed a maiden major title at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

England's Georgia Hall celebrates winning the Women's British Open with the trophy.

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Phatlum's advantage grew by a shot as she sunk a collection of fine putts for three birdies in a row, but Hall matched up to make two birdies of her own and stay in contention. It was very close up until the final two holes, so I was just trying to hole the putts. She birdied three of the last four holes to join Pornanong in the final group on Sunday.

Hall finished up with her only bogey of the day on the eighteenth but never looked likely to allow her lead to slip and joined Dame Laura Davies, Allison Nicholls, Catriona Matthew and Karen Stupples as a British-born victor of the British Open.

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Hall shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to finish at 17-under 271 while becoming the fourth-youngest victor of the Women's British Open.

Hall was always chasing, but was given hope when Pornanong bogeyed No. 8 to reduce her lead to one shot. She had three birdies and three bogeys offset each other, but a double bogey on the par-4 17th hole put her at 2 over for the round. "I'm in a pretty good position".

Hall fired birdies on Nos.

An errant drive on the eighth led to a bogey for Phatlum, and Hall moved into a share of the lead thanks to a birdie from 10 feet on the 13th.

"I tried my best and didn't play good on the back nine, but still feeling good with the score today", Phatlum said afterward. "I'm so happy she won".

Ryu So-yeon of South Korea was third on 13 under after a final-round 70. The galleries roared for the homeland woman as she made her way around the course.