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Georgia Hall claims comfortable Saudi Ladies International victory



The English player shot a final round one-under-par 71 to finish on 11 under and win by five shots at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

Hall carded five birdies and four bogeys on the final day to claim her second Ladies European Tour title after her 2018 Women’s Open victory.

After tapping home the putt on the 18th green, she broke into tears and was congratulated by Solheim Cup teammate Emily Kristine Pedersen.
“To lead all week is very special. I think the first round really was very important for me. I played incredible that round. It really set me up for the rest of the week,” Hall said afterwards.

“Sometimes, it’s not always easy with a five-shot lead into the last day, it’s a little bit more pressure on you, but I was really happy with the way I conducted myself today.

“It’s fantastic to win in March early in the season. I really love this place and love the golf course. I was fine after 18, and Emily started crying, and it made me cry. I was just really proud of the way I played today.”

Hall finished five clear of Kristyna Napoleaova and Johanna Gustavsson, who finished tied for second place — career best finishes for both golfers.

It capped an excellent week for the Czech Republic’s Napoleaova, a newcomer to golf.

The 25-year-old is a former football player for the Czech national team and is a six-time champion of the Czech women’s league with AC Sparta Prague.

She only started playing golf aged 20 in the summer of 2016, remarkably turning professional in early 2020 — just three and a half years after picking up the sport.

And Napoleaova described her best ever LET finish as “like a dream.”

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“I didn’t expect even to get into the event and what happened this week, I feel is like a fairy tale,” she said.

“It was an absolutely incredible week. I’m so grateful to be here. I can’t wait to come back again. I think everyone wants to win and I hope one day any time soon it will come for me too.”

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