Hall one shot behind at British Open

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Pornanong Phatlum leads the way at the Ricoh Women's British Open, but Georgia Hall is just one shot adrift heading into the weekend at Royal Lytham & St Annes

What happened on Friday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open?

Georgia Hall will look to become the first English player in 14 years to win the British Open as she heads into the weekend at Royal Lytham & St Annes just one shot behind leader Pornanong Phatlum.

The 22-year-old from Bournemouth backed up Thursday’s 67 with yet another bogey-free round of 68 thanks to a fine back-nine of 34 which included three birdies.

Thailand’s Phatlum holds the slim lead, and she and Hall are the only two players in the field without a bogey over the opening two rounds. In seven starts at the British Open, Phatlum has missed six cuts, so this performance comes as a significant surprise.

Australia’s Minjee Lee managed to get to 12-under, but a double-bogey at the 16th and a bogey at the tough 17th left her tied with Hall on nine-under. Mamiko Higa also got to 11-under, but the Japanese lost her ball in a bush on the 17th hole to fall back to the tie for second.

Sung Hyun Park, the KPMG PGA Championship winner, battled back well after a mid-round collapse to post a round of 70 to sit three shots back of the lead, while So Yeon Ryu is one shot behind her compatriot.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson made a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth on her way to a five-under total alongside former world No.1 Lydia Ko.

Florentyna Parker posted a round of 70 to go into the weekend inside of the top-10, but it was bad news for Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Mel Reid and Laura Davies who all missed the cut.

Meanwhile, it was announced that next year’s Women’s British Open will take place at Woburn, as Royal Troon will host the tournament for the first time in 2020.

Women’s British Open leaderboard

-10 Phatlum

-9 Hall, Higa, M. Lee

-8 T. Lu

-7 S-H Park

-6 S-Y Ryu

Best quote

Georgia Hall:

I’ve kind of worked towards this week the last couple of months, and last week really helped me. I feel I’m putting quite well and hitting the balls good, and I think my course management is the key for me. That’s why I’m playing well so far.

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