Faldo's famous win in Georgia inspired her name. "I try to plan every shot, every hole".
It did not take long for Hall to get her nose in front for the first time all week, a birdie from 20ft on the 16th taking her six under for the day.
Hall, who received 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. 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. He had a four-shot lead and faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would only determine his margin of victory.
But she could not break clear of England's Georgia Hall, who sank a 10-foot birdie at the last hole to card a 69 and keep the heat firmly on the leader. Hall averaged 28 putts per round and was seven-for-seven in sand saves.
The large lead allowed 22-year-old Hall to enjoy the rousing reception she received on her victory march up to the final hole, where a three-putt bogey was academic.
After a solid first half of the year as an LPGA member, Hall earned her first top-10 finish at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic last month, and she has now produced the finest performance of her career to win her maiden major title.
★"I hope it will bring more sponsorship to the Ladies European Tour".
"It is too good to be true", Hall said.
Hall, who finished third in the British Open last year, added: "Last year was a learning curve for me and I got so much experience in the British Open and the Solheim Cup and I learned that I can play and compete against the best in the world". I am so happy. "I can't show any emotion at all, it's just to try and keep her levelheaded really".
But Hall's most notable performance of previous year was on her full Solheim Cup debut, winning two matches alongside Anna Nordqvist and taking the experienced Paul Creamer to the final hole of their hard-fought singles clash on the final day.
At the eighth Phatlum dropped a shot for just the second time all tournament when she bogeyed after veering right into deep rough off the tee.
A week before defending his PGA Championship title, Justin Thomas on Sunday demonstrated that his game is in excellent shape as he blew away the field for a four-stroke victory at the World Golf Championships (WGC) Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas made only two birdies.
McIlroy finished the back nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered. Ian Poulter started three shots behind and shot 74.
Only six players were inside five shots of Pornanong.
Tiger Woods, an eight-time victor at Firestone, started 11 shots behind and figured he would go out with a bang by playing aggressively.
Struggling to hold back the tears at the presentation, she said: "This is for you Grandad".
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