Ricoh Women’s Open: Georgia Hall one back from Pornanong Phatlum

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Highlights from the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

Georgia Hall birdied three of her last four holes to stay within a shot of the lead heading into the final round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Hall’s fast finish saw her close out a three-under 69 and move into outright second at Royal Lytham & St Annes, as playing partner Pornanong Phatlum matched her score to hold on to her overnight advantage.

Phatlum posted three birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn on her way to getting to 13 under, with So Yeon Ryu two strokes back in third after firing a joint-low round-of-the-day 67.

“The front nine looks very relaxed but it was actually really hard,” Hall told Sky Sports. “My timing was out and I had to hole some long putts to not get a bogey. It was much harder work today, but I’m glad I got to three under.”

Hall, looking to become the third home winner of the event since it became a major, holed a 20-footer to match Phatlum’s birdie at the third and converted from 15 feet to save par at the fifth.

3:02 Georgia Hall reflects on her third-round 69 and looks ahead to the final round at Royal Lytham

The 22-year-old exchanged gains with Phatlum at the par-five sixth, as Minjee Lee cancelled out a blemish at the fourth with three straight birdies to briefly move tied for the lead.

Phatlum birdied the eighth and 11th to move ahead of Mamiko Higa – who birdied three of her opening seven holes – only to give a shot back after failing to get up and down from a bunker at the 12th.

The Thai player found herself two clear when Higa dropped a shot the 16th and Hall slipped three back with a bogey at the 13th, but her playing partner moved back within one with back-to-back birdies from the 15th.

Hall then responded from missing the 17th green and dropping a shot to rolling in a 10-foot birdie at the last to close the gap on Phatlum, ensuring the pair will go out in the final group on Sunday.

Ryu posted six birdies in an eight-hole stretch to get to 11 under and third spot, with Higa and Lee three off the pace in a share of fourth alongside Sung Hyun Park.

World No 1 Ariya Jutanugarn is in the group on six under, with defending champion In-Kyung Kim a further five strokes back after posting a two-over 74.

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