By Craig Fergusson
England’s very own Charley Hull has won her maiden title over the pond on the LPGA at the CME Group Tour Championship.
At the age of 20 it is a huge breakthrough not only for her blossoming career but for English and British women’s golf as a whole. The young starlet shot a blemish free final round of 66, six under par, to win by two strokes.
It was to and fro over the final few holes as South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon was matching her shot for shot. Standing on the 17th tee both players were at 18 under par, however a wayward approach shot by the South Korean opened the door for Hull. She duly obliged and put a real nail in the coffin and as she walked off with a birdie four compared to So-yeon’s bogey after finding a tough lie at the green-side bunker. A solid final hole saw Hull close out the championship for her second ever professional win.
The world number 29, who finished seventh at the Rio Olympics this summer, had a completely bogey-free weekend, with 12 birdies and 24 pars in her final 36 holes and wins $500,000 (£404,891) in prize money.
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool feeling.” Hull described to the media following her win. “Hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I last won on the LET, the European Tour, like two years ago. I had that dry patch for a few years. Feels good now to get a win.”
“I just feel pretty good where I am at the moment,” added Hull. “I feel like I am mentally good. I feel relaxed. I think that’s the key for me.
“If I come into a week relaxed I feel good. This week it happened for me. I’m confident. I’m happy.”
This win ends the season on the LPGA and caps it off in style for Hull where its been a brilliant year on tour for her. Hull has shown she is a force to be reckoned with and can battle with the cream of the crop. Hull is the bright light in women’s golf in Britain after Scotland’s Catriona Matthews held the limelight for so long. Whilst Matthews is still a figure on tour there is a now a new kid on the block for young aspiring golfers to look up to.