Georgia Hall’s Women’s British Open win is the best 2018 Major showing to date


Georgia Hall’s victory Sunday in the Women’s British Open represented not only her first major victory, but one of the dominant performances in tournament history.

Hall won with a Z Score of -2.67, the fifth most dominant performance since the tournament received major status in 2001. Not since Jiyai Shin won in 2012 with a -3.62 Z Score has any woman posted a more dominant British Open victory.

It was also the most dominant major tournament showing by any player – male or female – this season, and the most dominant by a woman since in Gee Chun won the 2016 Evian Masters with a -2.97 Z Score.

The field average for all players completing four rounds at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s was 286.71; Hall’s four-round total of 271 was nearly 16 strokes below that field average.

Here are the 10 most exceptional Women’s British Open performances since the tournament was designated as a major in 2001 based on winner’s Z Score:

Rank      Player                                   Year       Course                                  Z Score

1              Jiyai Shin                              2012       Royal Liverpool                 -3.62

2              Yani Tseng                           2011       Carnoustie                          -2.83

3              Yani Tseng                           2010       Royal Birkdale                    -2.77

4              Jeong Jang                          2005       Royal Birkdale                    -2.70

5              Georgia Hall                        2018       Royal Lytham                     -2.67

6              I.K. Kim                                 2017       Kingsbarns                          -2.66

7              Inbee Park                          2015       Trump Turnberry             -2.59

8              Jiyai Shin                              2008       Sunningdale                       -2.56

9              Ariya Jutanugarn              2016       Woburn                               -2.50

10           Karen Stupples                 2004       Royal Lytham                     -2.46

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