Georgia Hall wins second European Tour title



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Georgia Hall wins second European Tour title

Georgia Hall carded a one-under-par 71 to win the Saudi Ladies International in Jeddah on Sunday. The Birt, who had a five-shot lead overnight, scored three birdies on the first four holes to give her an eight-shot advantage, but bogeys on the 15th and 16th set her back before she finished strongly.

The win is the 25-year-old's second Ladies European Tour victory. She won the Women's Open in 2018. "To lead all week is very special, and I think the first round was very important for me. I played incredibly in that round and it really set me up for the rest of the week," an emotional Hall told Sky Sports.

“Sometimes it's not easy with a five-shot lead. It's the last day and it puts a little bit more pressure on you, but I was really happy with the way I conducted myself today. A winner at the end of the day "I tried to take advantage and hit some really good shots on the front nine to get me further ahead and it settled me from there."

Hall suffered heartbreak at this tournament in 2020, but having led from the outset, she wasn't to be denied on this occasion. She eclipsed Solheim Cup team-mates Emily Kristine Pedersen and Carlotta Ciganda to claim a winner's cheque of $135,548 (£103,000) from a $1m prize pot.

The women's tournament won by Hall was presented by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), the same source of revenue that backs the LIV Golf Series. At the launch of his so-called Saudi Super League last week, Greg Norman faced repeated questions regarding the recent mass execution of 81 men as well as women's rights in the Kingdom.

The 67-year-old Australian insisted that his project was nothing to do with politics but also stated: "Saudi Arabia has invested a lot of money into women's golf. "They're the largest investor in women's golf today.

So when you look at all the facts sitting out there, yes, our investor is Saudi money. "I'm proud of that because, like I said, golf is good for the world and we're just going to grow the game of golf on a worldwide basis."

Saudi Arabia's investment in the female game is a mere $6m prize money, spread over half a dozen tournaments. The overall seed investment for Norman's men's series is $400m.