USAIN Bolt famously once said: “Believe in your dreams and that anything is possible.”

For Georgia Hall, her American dream on Sunday became a reality.

It may not have come in rapid fashion, like a classic Bolt 100-metre sprint, but the key thing was the Dorset star got over the line on US soil for the first time in her career.

Already a major winner, having sealed the Women’s British Open back in 2018, the 24-year-old held her nerve on the second play-off hole to take the Cambia Portland Classic.

She had a chance to win the event in regulation fashion but bogeyed the par-four 18th to card a four-under 68, falling into a play-off with South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai with both players at 12 under par.

Both women parred the first extra hole, the 18th, before Hall’s par on the first secured victory.

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, who shot a 67, and American Yealimi Noh, with a closing 69, finished a stroke out of the play-off.

Now residing near Parkstone, Hall said: “I’m really happy to get it over the line and get my first American win.

“I think my chipping hadn’t been that great coming into the event and I really worked on it. They have a fantastic chipping facility, so I really worked on that and it definitely helped out in the play-off.

“I’ve won the British and I just wanted to win again really badly. Especially in America.

“Obviously, I had never won in America. I maybe find it easier to win in Europe or Great Britain, so I always knew maybe it would be harder.

“For me to win is a relief that I have won in America and I can bring that confidence on to the next events.”

Hall scooped a considerable $262,500 for her victory at the event, after rounds of 70, 66 and 68.

With boyfriend Harry on the bag as caddy, the former Canford Kid knew her family were all supporting her from across the pond.

“I knew my family at home were cheering me on and watching,” she said.

“England is eight hours ahead, so it’s was about 2am.

“They all stayed up to watch and I’m really glad that even though they can’t be here, they can watch on TV and they are just so pleased for me.

“But it’s just me and my caddy out there, my boyfriend, and I’m just really pleased we managed to do it this time.

“There were quite a few people watching the play-off, which was great. Some of my friends and other players came to watch me, so I definitely had that support.

“To have my main (tour) friends there to stay and watch me and pour all that stuff (champagne) on me, it really does mean a lot and I’m really grateful to them.”

Thrust into high-pressure match play situation in the play-off, victorious Hall also believes her experience of playing in the Solheim Cup helped keep her calm.

“I love the Solheim. It’s one of my favourite events ever in my career. You are in a lot of pressure situations in the Solheim,” she said.

“When I was in the play-off, I did have confidence. This is my first actual play-off ever, so it was a bit strange but I’m glad I finished the job.

“This will get my world ranking down quite a lot. Now, to re-evaluate, I’d love to get another win but I’m just going to let this all sink in.

“I kind of had a 50-50 year last year where my first half wasn’t very good, my second half was good.

“It’s just kind of taking it one tournament on a time and not focusing too much on the future.

“My goal this year was to win in America and I’m really glad I’ve done that.”

Asked how she planned to celebrate her latest success, a smiling Hall added: “Well, I don’t drink alcohol or anything, so I’m not quite sure!

“I think when I won the British, I didn’t really take it all in and enjoy it properly.

“It’s hard with COVID, so I’ll see what I can do but I definitely will enjoy it.”