Sunday, August 5th, 2018


NBC Sports Notable Quotes

Ricoh Women’s British Open

Final Round (7-11:30 a.m. ET, Golf Channel / 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, NBC)

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Lytham St Annes, England

Sunday, Aug. 5


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Ricoh Women’s British Open Final Leaderboard

Georgia Hall                            -17

Pornanong Phatlum                 -15

So Yeon Ryu                          -13

Ariya Jutanugarn                     -9

Mamiko Higa                          -9

Sei Young Kim                       -9


On Georgia Hall, 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion at 17-under par (5-under 67 on Sunday)

Rich Lerner – “Georgia. Sweet Georgia. Georgia Hall has won the Ricoh Women’s British Open on home soil. What a day for the family. What a day for golf in England.”

Judy Rankin – “It was pretty amazing to watch. It was quite the battle between she and Phatlum. She not only won the day, she won her first major championship and she won the hearts of all of these people. She won our hearts a little bit too, because we saw a really gutsy performance.”

Rankin – “For this young player to do this when it was probably her dream all the time growing up is pretty amazing. It was not an accident if you watched her. This was some kind of golf.”

Karen Stupples – “Back in 2013 when she won the Women’s British Amateur Championship, she got invites into three major championships. She couldn’t play in them to gain experience because she couldn’t afford to go. Today, she is walking away with a major championship of her own.”

Rankin – “All week she had her eye on the prize.”

Stupples – “She really is floating now in terms of where she is, how she is feeling. Her game is so solid, she has made putts when she has needed to, and quite frankly has been playing the best golf of anybody this week.”

Stupples – “We have seen her rise to the occasion so many times this week.”

Lerner – “All day long she has responded. Again, and again, and again.”

Stupples – “It seems like every opportunity she gets to do something brilliant she takes it.”

Lerner – “Quality on top of quality. From the first hole where she made birdie right through to the final hole. Tee to green and in to the cup. This has been a sensational performance.”

Rankin – “She has made great decisions. So many times when she had to make a smart play she has done it.”


Georgia Hall speaking with NBC Sports’ Cara Banks following her victory

Georgia Hall – “I’ve always joked by saying that I haven’t really won since turning pro and that I’ll win a major and that will be my first win. I can’t believe it’s actually true. I don’t think it has sunk in yet because I told myself to stay calm throughout the whole way and not think about anything. I thought I’d cry but I think that is going to happen in a couple of hours. Hopefully I will be alone then. I am just over the moon and I can’t put it into words.”

Hall – “I was lucky to hold a golf club I think. The putt on the last as well, it was impossible to get in the hole so I was like, ‘I’ll take a three-putt here.’ I played really well today, and putted so good so I’m just over the moon and really happy.”

Hall – “It is just incredible and I’m so glad that so many good English women golfers are coming through as well. I had so much support today from all of the people backing me and supporting me and cheering my name. I just couldn’t believe all of the support and I’m so grateful.”


On Pornanong Phatlum, 2nd at 15-under par (2-under par 70 on Sunday)

Rankin – “Terrific young woman putting on a brave face. She fought hard.”

Rankin – “She is one of the really wonderful players in the game. That win will intersect with her hopefully on the LPGA Tour soon.”

Stupples – “She has maintained her composure with the galleries rooting for Georgia.”

Stupples – “For all of the terrific tee shots this week, she really needed one on 17.”

Rankin – “This is a player who has had the lead since Friday night. There is such a deflated thing going on inside of you when you see it slipping away and there is no time to repair it.”

Stupples – “She can hold her head high at the fight she has put up today.”


On So Yeon Ryu, 3rd at 13-under par (2-under 70 on Sunday)

Jerry Foltz – “After a rough start, she played some strong golf”

Rankin – “What a great comeback for her after earlier in the day.”


On Sunday’s final round at Royal Lytham & St Annes

Stupples – “This is very much like a Rocky movie. Trading punches and no one is being knocked out. When you do think they are being knocked out, they come up with an amazing shot, go ahead and hole a great putt and the fight keeps going. Round after round. Hole after  hole.”

Rankin – “The golf has been fabulous from the beginning.”

Rankin – “The fans are getting their money’s worth today.”

Lerner – “Sensational display of clutch golf.”

Lerner – “Nothing short of a great day of golf by Hall and Phatlum”


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