The Masters: Georgia Hall hopes for Augusta Women & # 039; Masters after amateur event

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Hall has won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit for the past two years

The Georgia Hall in England hopes that the staging of a women's amateur tournament on Augusta National can pave the way for a Masters for women.

The final round of the inaugural 54-hole tournament is played at the Masters House on Saturday, April 6.

"It is another step on the road to equality," said Women & # 39; s British Open winner Hall to BBC golf podcast The Cut.

"The Masters can be women, maybe we can have such an event, it would be nice to play it on the same course."

The first two rounds of the Augusta National Women & # 39; s Amateur will be held at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, with the top 30 players making the cut to play the final round.

This year's Masters will start on Thursday, April 11, with the American Patrick Reed as the title defender.

The Augusta National, in Georgia, admitted its first female members in 2012, when the former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, financier of South Carolina, became the first women in green jackets

"I'm pretty sad I don't play, it's a great time. Opportunity," added 22-year-old Hall.

Last year, Hall became only the third British golfer, after Karen Stupples in England in 2004 and Catriona Matthew in Scotland in 2009, to win the Women & # 39; s British Open since it became a major in 2001.

Doubling her count is Hall & # 39; s "main goal" for 2019. She says she will draw on her experience with winning at Royal Lytham & St Annes in August when she picks it up at The ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in California, where the first of the five women's majors of the year are being held from 4-7 April.

"It's nice to know that you can do it when the time comes and when you get a shot you can pull it off," she said.

"Winning in America would be a great achievement this year and that is my main goal and if it could be a major that is even better."

Hall is also enthusiastic about the inaugural Aon Risk Reward Challenge – a one-year competition by both the LPGA and PGA Tours in the US, which offers the same prize money for ladies and gentlemen

The format is simple. At certain events throughout the year there will be a designated & # 39; risk and reward & # 39; hole and the best two scores of each player on that hole count towards the running total. The lowest total score on each individual tour wins $ 1 million (£ 750,000) in prize money.

"They are great men and women playing for the same prize fund," said Hall, who is one of the ambassadors of the challenge.

"There is a small tournament within a tournament and you have to be strategic with the way you play the hole, whether you are aggressive or not get your best two scores of the week count."

You can listen more to Georgia and the thoughts of Rory McIlroy after his Players Championship win this week at The Cut edition.

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