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As the final round got underway at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, it was Georgia Hall (opens in new tab) who began with a comfortable five shot lead and, during windy conditions in Jeddah, the former Women's Open champion never looked fazed, as she cruised to her first title since the 2020 Cambia Portland Classic.
Starting emphatically, the 25-year-old produced three birdies over her first four holes, before a bogey-birdie combination at the 5th and 6th meant a three-under-par front nine and a huge six shot advantage heading into the final nine holes!
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This week though, players have been finding the back nine at Royal Greens more difficult than the front, and that appeared to be the case as Hall bogeyed the 10th and then the 15th and 16th to drop back to level-par for her day.
However, because of her huge advantage, the English-woman wasn't bothered, with a birdie at the par-4 17th giving Hall (opens in new tab) an unassailable five-shot cushion playing the last hole.
Rolling her par putt in at the par-5 18th, the trophy was Hall's, with the Aramco Saudi Ladies International her first title on the Ladies European Tour.
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"To lead all week is very special," explained Hall (opens in new tab), who finished five shots ahead of Kristyna Napoleaova and Johanna Gustavsson. "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.
"Sometimes it's not always easy with a five-shot lead going 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. I really love this place and love the golf course. I was just really proud of the way I played today."
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.