Women’s Open: Lilia Vu wins at Walton Heath for second major title of 2023

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Lilia Vu kisses the Women's Open trophy
Lilia Vu shot 67 in the final round to win her second major title of 2023
-14 Vu (US); -8 Hull (Eng); -7 Shin (Kor); -6 Yang (Kor), Kim (Kor); -4 Corpuz (US), Ewing (US), Yin (US)
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Lilia Vu produced a composed display to win the Women’s Open at Walton Heath, her second major title of 2023.

The American, 25, began the final round tied with Hull for the lead and shot a five-under 67 containing six birdies.

Hull’s wait for a first major win goes on after finishing in a tie for second at the US Women’s Open last month and this near miss in Surrey.

The final pair were briefly disrupted by a demonstration on the 17th green, but play quickly resumed, allowing Vu to complete a comfortable victory.

After being presented with the trophy, Vu said: “It sounds almost unreal. I had a pretty tough run-in the past couple of months.

“I didn’t feel like myself for the past couple of months so I came into this tournament, I sat down with my team and we wanted to be in contention. That’s all we wanted and somehow this happened.”

Hull ‘deflated’ after another near miss

Charley Hull celebrates her bunker shot for eagle on the 11th
Charley Hull narrowly missed out on a first major title, despite holing a bunker shot for eagle on the 11th

After struggling to keep pace with Vu on the front nine, Hull holed a magnificent bunker shot for eagle on the 11th to move within three shots of the lead.

But Vu responded with a superb approach shot into the 12th green, setting up a birdie which extended the gap to four and all but ended the chances of a first English winner of the Women’s Open since 2018.

The final round promised to be a fascinating spectacle, with home favourite Hull sharing top spot with Vu at nine under and 11 other players within five shots of the two co-leaders.

But, one by one, Vu’s fellow competitors faltered and the world number six broke clear.

She had established a three-shot lead by the time she had left the fourth green and was five ahead of the field after consecutive birdies on nine and 10.

The blow of conceding a two-shot swing on the 11th to 27-year-old Hull, by then her only conceivable challenger, was quickly forgotten.

Vu closed out victory with few alarms. Even when a wayward tee shot into the heather on the par-four 15th led to her first bogey of the day, Hull was unable to capitalise and made bogey herself.

“I feel a bit deflated,” Hull told Sky Sports. “I don’t feel like anything went my way today. I feel like I actually played quite solid, just didn’t really hole many putts.

“Truthfully I want to be with my coach at 10 o’clock tomorrow and I want to work on a load of stuff.

“I feel that I have come close twice in the two biggest majors, the US Open and the Women’s Open, so I really feel like next year is my time to win one.”

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, twice a Women’s Open champion, finished third on seven under.

World number one Nelly Korda ended the tournament two under par after a two-over 74, while fellow American Ally Ewing – who had led by five shots at the halfway point at Walton Heath – finished on four under after a disappointing 75.

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