Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Phatlum has the edge but Hall in contention at Royal Lytham

Phatlum has the edge but Hall in contention at Royal Lytham

Phatlum extended her lead to two strokes with four birdies in the first six holes but Hall made three of her own to remain in contention.

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"Singing in my head makes me come down more, not get too nervous", Pornanong said. I was staying very calm and patient and it was very close up to the last two holes and I was just trying to hole the putts.

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Phatlum also carded a 69 with her solitary bogey coming at the 12th.

Hall went to the devilish 18th with a three stroke cushion and while she probably didn't want that final three putt, that's the way it ended.

"I don't know what it is, but it is more enjoyable and fun the bigger the competition is".

Phatlum shot a final-round 70 but was no match for Hall down the stretch. "I don't believe it has sunk in yet".

Minjee Lee, who opened with a 7-under par 65 to lead on day one at Lytham, was in the hunt come Sunday.

World no. 39 Hall - now back within one shot - saved par brilliantly on the ninth after finding the bunker off her tee shot, to the delight of a home crowd growing in belief.

That same year, Hall represented Team GB at the 2013 Youth Olympic Festival where she won two golds and was part of the European team at the Junior Solheim Cup. "I'm in a pretty good position".

Ryu So-yeon of South Korea was third on 13 under after a final-round 70. She had four birdies and a bogey in the round.

Hall played safe in three-putting from distance in front of Royal Lytham's storied clubhouse and celebrated her first win on the LPGA Tour.

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