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Golf: Japan's Higa finishes 4th as Hall claims Women's British Open

England's Georgia Hall in action during day four of the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, in Lytham, England, on Aug. 5, 2018. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

LYTHAM ST ANNES, England (Kyodo) -- Mamiko Higa's hopes of becoming only the second Japanese golfer to win a major were dashed when she finished Sunday's final round of the Women's British Open in a tie for fourth, eight strokes behind winner Georgia Hall of England.

Higa, who started the round three shots off the pace, undid four birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey on the tournament's final day to finish with a 9-under 279 four-day total.

Her 1-over round on the last day at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club was her worst of the tournament and left her in a three-way tie for fourth.

"Even though it was up-and-down, intense golf and I couldn't reach the score I needed, there isn't a single shot during those 18 holes that I regret," Higa said. "I played with everything I had and fought hard all four days."

The 24-year-old was seeking to become the first male or female Japanese golfer since Hisako Higuchi, winner of the LPGA Championship in 1977, to claim a major title on either the PGA or LPGA tours.

Hall shot six birdies before bogeying her final hole, but her round of 67 allowed her to overcome a one-shot deficit and pick up her first major victory. Only the day's low round of 66 from South Korea's Kim Sei Young bettered the Englishwoman's effort.

Saturday leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand finished two strokes back in second, while South Korea's Ryu So Yeon took third.

Higa tied for seventh on her Women's British Open debut in 2013 but fell into a slump afterward. She posted her first win in four seasons on the Japanese LPGA tour last year, and is currently fourth on the money rankings.

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