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Georgia Hall Wins Cambia Portland Classic for her First Major US Victory

Bournemouth local Georgia Hall secures her first win in a major US golfing tournament with a 12 under-par victory…

America, the land of opportunity. Where dreams are made. And safe to say, Georgia Hall’s dream certainly came true. The Bournemouth native overcame the odds by beating heavily-favoured and world-seeded players to clinch her first US Major. A goal she had set for herself at the start of the year. Hall climbed up the standings, starting 23rd after Day One. She reached fifth by Day Two, to remarkably sit atop of the leader board when the tournament concluded. An amazing eight-hole spell in the final round, where she tallied six birdies from holes five to twelve, was the reason for the monumental rise up the ranks.

A visibly emotional and understandably choked-up Georgia Hall wiped away tears of joy after she won the Cambia Portland Classic. A deep sigh of relief and wry giggle as she said, “I am just so happy!” in response to how she felt. Deservedly so! 14 years of hard work, dedication and sacrifice came to fruition with Georgia claiming her first US title.

At the Final Hurdle

A bogey on the 18th saw Georgia drop to 12 under-par, tying with the South African, Ashleigh Buhai for joint first. Georgia had been in this position before. In 2017 Georgia was in contention for her first major win, the British Open. After leading for the entire tournament, Georgia four-putted the penultimate hole and fell to third place. A difficult blow to the then 21 year-old. Three years on, and Hall faced another setback. But she showed her maturity and composure saying afterwards, “To bogey the last, I was quite upset. I had to refigure myself and get back to try and win the playoff”. That she did! Hall performed impeccably in the playoff, parring twice and rounding off the win with a lovely chip shot onto the green followed by a six-yard putt.

After that defeat in 2017, Georgia learned a lot saying in an interview with The R&A, “What I learnt the most was to stay in the moment. Stay calm and be happy about it. Just try not to think about the outcome and more on the process”. A mindset she carried into the Portland Classic. Focused on her goal, she didn’t allow herself to become overzealous. She commented after the Open win, “I never looked at the leader board once, so I had no idea where I was. I didn’t even know I was leading!”

Achieving Her Destiny

Support was strong for Georgia’s first ever playoff. Her best friends on tour cheered her on the whole way, running onto the green in the closing moments to pour champagne over the South Coast girl. A sentiment that meant a lot to the newly-crowned US Open champion. “To have my main friends stay to watch me and pour all that stuff on me, it really does mean a lot. I’m really grateful to them”.

Hall achieved her destiny. Born the day Nick Faldo won The Masters in 1996, the 24 year-old was named after the state the tournament took place: Georgia. The first inkling that Georgia Hall was destined to be a golfing great.

Sharing her father’s passion for the sport, Georgia first gripped a golf club at the age of seven. The Ferndown Golf Club prodigy joined at the age of nine, and whittled her handicap down from 36 to ten within the space of a year. After breaking female club records, Georgia started to prioritise her golfing career at an early age, sacrificing her school events to pursue her dream of being a professional golfer. It’s safe to say she made the right decision. Two consecutive amateur wins at 16 and 17 years-old, plus a successful youth career playing for England in the Curtis Cup. Not to mention her first major win at the St. Anne’s British Open in 2018. Our homegrown girl has done the South proud. She truly is considered one of England’s hottest sporting prospects.

Still only 24, Georgia Hall has a bright future ahead of her. And her latest success in the US really illustrates the point.

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Jamie Guerra
Jamie Guerra
Jamie is a Bournemouth-bred, sports media graduate from the University of Chichester, looking to fulfil his lifelong ambition of working in the sports journalism field. He is a passionate and competitive sportsman, who has played numerous sports from the age of five. However, he is now converting his passion for sport away from the field to focus on his writing, and hopes to produce intelligent and insightful sport stories to share with a wider audience.

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