When Georgia Hall picked up her second win on the LPGA Tour in Portland last year, it brought back memories of her incredible Women’s Open triumph in 2018 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Now, with solid early form in her 2021 season, the 25-year-old is looking forward to contending for some of the biggest titles on Tour this year, including the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie in August.
“I felt like I took everything I could last year, for how short the season was and what was going on,” Hall said. “I felt like I made the most of it, so I was very happy with that, but obviously you go into a year thinking what you would like to win or how many you would like to win.
“I definitely have a few goals in mind (for 2021), but it would be fantastic if we did play a full schedule. Nobody really knows with what’s going on but the LPGA have done a fantastic job having so many events and increased purses.”
With five events under her belt so far in 2021, two top-25 finishes has been a steady return as the Englishwoman settles into her new campaign. Good memories from her victory in Portland near the end of last year will also help with that, as does her Women’s Open success, which is always in the forefront of her mind.
“It obviously still means the world to me,” Hall said of the Women’s Open at Royal Lytham. “It’s my biggest career win to date. I have a lot of fond memories and I took a lot of confidence from that win, of course.”
“I always have it at the back of my mind, just to know if I’m coming down the stretch, like I did at Portland in the play-off. I’ve got that extra bit in me to win and give it a little bit more.
“To have that confidence behind me and know that I can play in front of … I mean, it was the most crowds I’ve ever seen in my life … and to have all those people come out and support me, and walking down 18 with everyone standing up clapping for me, it was incredible. It was a memory I won’t forget.
“And I think every moment will be different, every tournament will be different, but you can’t get any higher pressure than that in your home country, and all friends and family and all those people supporting you, so it’s good to have in the bank.”
Hall’s record in the AIG Women’s Open is stellar. After winning the Smyth Salver on her debut in 2013 as a 17-year-old, Hall had a great chance to win in 2017, eventually finishing in a tie for third.
While that close call was tough for Hall to take, her wonderful victory the following year immediately put any demons to rest. However, despite showing flashes in the previous two years, finishes of T35 and T45 respectively have left Hall seeking more.
With great confidence on links courses, the 47th-ranked player in the world will be hoping that the challenge of Carnoustie provides the opportunity to sate her hunger.
“Obviously I’d absolutely love to win that event again. It will still always be my favourite event - even before I won it, it was my favourite event – and I really look forward to playing it at Carnoustie this year,” she added.
“Carnoustie is definitely one of the best venues in the world. It’s fantastic and it all depends what the weather does, but especially the last three or four holes definitely can be interesting.
“I think it does suit me. It’s true links. It can be tough, it can be very tight in places, you have to hit a lot of punch shots. I think it is (suited to me) and I look forward to playing it. I look forward to it and hopefully it will be true British weather.”
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