Charley Hull

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Charley Hull
2013 Women's British Open – Charley Hull (6).jpg
Personal information
Born (1996-03-20) 20 March 1996 (age 21)
Kettering, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality  England
Career
Turned professional 2013
Current tour(s) Ladies European Tour
LPGA Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
Ladies European Tour 1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T2: 2016
Women's PGA C'ship 16th: 2016
U.S. Women's Open T21: 2017
Women's British Open T12: 2014
Evian Championship T32: 2017
Achievements and awards
LET Rookie of the Year 2013
Best International Newcomer,
SJA British Sports Awards
2013
Ladies European Tour
Order of Merit
2014
Ladies European Tour
Player of the Year
2014

Charley Hull (born 20 March 1996) is an English professional golfer who has achieved success both on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour, winning honours as Rookie of the Year, becoming the youngest competitor to participate in the international Solheim Cup matches and becoming a champion on the European circuit in 2014 before the age of 18. In 2016, she won the prestigious CME Group Tour Championship, the season-ending event of the LPGA Tour.

Early life[edit]

Hull was first introduced to golf aged two, and began playing with her father at Kettering Golf Club. She left school aged 13 to be home schooled, and started playing in amateur tournaments.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Hull came to public attention aged 9, when she won a significant 18-hole handicap event against adults with a score of 28 stableford points from a handicap of 26 [2] at Turnberry.[3] Aged 10 she played alongside Morgan Pressel in the British Open Pro-Am.[4] Hull then won several amateur events in the United States and Great Britain and has ranked in the top-10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking,[5] reaching a high of number three in the world.[6]

Hull played on the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team in 2012. She lost her fourballs and foursomes matches on the first two days but won her singles match on the final day as the GB&I team beat the United States team 10½–9½.[7] She had initially been removed from the team in a dispute with the Ladies Golf Union over a mandatory training session that conflicted with the Kraft Nabisco Championship,[4] a major championship on the LPGA Tour, to which Hull had been invited.[8] The LGU re-instated Hull to the team and Hull finished tied for 38th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.[9]

Hull also competed in the 2012 Women's British Open, where she was tied for third after the first round.[10][11]

Professional career[edit]

Hull turned professional on 1 January 2013.[12] She made her professional debut in March 2013[13] and reeled off five consecutive second-place finishes on the Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup, South African Women's Open, Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Deloitte Ladies Open and a playoff loss at the UniCredit Ladies German Open.[14]

With five additional top-ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour, she finished sixth on the tour's Order of Merit with earnings of just under €135,995 in fifteen official events.[15] With her strong debut on the tour, Hull was awarded the 2013 LET Rookie of the Year award[16] and was voted the Best International Newcomer by the Sports Journalists' Association and presented with the Peter Wilson Trophy at the SJA British Sports Awards[17] Hull was also on the shortlist for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year, losing to 16-year-old swimmer Josef Craig.[18]

In August 2013, Hull was selected by European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann to compete in the 2013 Solheim Cup, the youngest person ever to play in the tournament.[19] The team was the first European Solheim squad to win on U.S. soil, with a final score of 18-10. Hull contributed 2 points, including a 5 & 4 singles win over Paula Creamer. Neumann later praised Hull's performance.[20]

On 16 March 2014, four days shy of her 18th birthday, Hull won her first professional title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Having a five shot deficit to the overnight leader, Gwladys Nocera, Hull scored a bogey-free round of 62 (−9) to finish level with Nocera and force a playoff. Hull birdied the first sudden-death hole to secure the victory.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Hull's mother and her maternal grandparents are Polish.[22][23]

Based at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Hull spends her winters with her family based in Florida.[1]

Hull has publicly spoken out against single-sex golf clubs.[24] When asked by the BBC if she had experienced discrimination on the course, she recounted that when she was seven years old she defeated a 17-year-old boy and he swore at her after the match.[25]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2011 Ione D Jones/Doherty Championship,[26] Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship,[27] English Women's Stroke Play Championship[28]
  • 2012 Harder Hall Invitational[29]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

LPGA Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 20 Nov 2016 CME Group Tour Championship 67-70-66-66=269 −19 2 strokes South Korea Ryu So-yeon $500,000

Ladies European Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ()
1 16 Mar 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup 68-71-68-62=269 −15 Playoff France Gwladys Nocera 67,500

LET playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup France Gwladys Nocera Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2014 Ladies German Open Scotland Kylie Walker lost to par on first extra hole

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
ANA Inspiration T38 DNP T7 T26 T2 T14
Women's PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T26 16 CUT
U.S. Women's Open DNP DNP DNP T42 CUT T21
Women's British Open CUT CUT T12 T31 T17 T16
The Evian Championship ^ CUT T47 T38 T52 T32

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 1 0 1 2 3 5 5
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 4
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4
Totals 0 1 0 1 2 8 22 17
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2014 ANA – 2016 Women's PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 11 7–3–1 2–1–0 2–1–0 3–1–1 7.5 68.2
2013 3 2–1–0 1–0–0 def. P. Creamer 5&4 0–0–0 1–1–0 lost w/ C. Matthew 2&1
won w/ J. Ewart Shadoff 2 up
2 66.7
2015 5 4–1–0 0–1–0 lost to C. Kerr 3&2 2–0–0 won w/ M. Reid 2&1
won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up
2–0–0 won w/ G. Nocera 3&2
won w/ S. Pettersen 2 up
4 80.0
2017 3 1–1–1 1–0–0 def. B.Lang 1 up 0–1–0 halved w/ M. Reid 0–0–1 lost w/ G.Hall 2&1 1.5 50.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murray, Ewan (23 July 2013). "Teenager Charley Hull blazing a trail to the top of the women's game". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Turnberry hurricane rocks Ladies golfing world" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Charley Hull: 'Golf is my job – I'm pretty good at it'". BBC Sport. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Exclusive: Charley Hull Interview". Northamptonshire Golf Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Charley Hull biography". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hull, Charley: Ladies European Tour Player Profile". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "The 37th Curtis Cup Matches". Ladies Golf Union. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Charley Hull not fazed by Curtis Cup test". BBC Sport. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Squires, Neil (5 June 2012). "Charley Hull Wins Cup Reprieve". Daily Express. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Women's British Open: Charley Hull cards first-round 71 on debut". BBC Sport. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Women's British Open: English amateur Charley Hull makes early move". The Guardian. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Hull, Charley: Ladies European Tour Player Profile". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Charley Hull says she 'belongs' in professional golf". BBC Sport. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hull, Charley: Ladies European Tour Player Performance". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "2013 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit Final Standings". Ladies European Tour. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hull Earns Rookie of the Year Award". Ladies European Tour. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Charley Hull Receives Sports Journalists' Association Best International Newcomer Award". Ladies European Tour. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Young Sports Personality: Trio on 2013 BBC award shortlist revealed". BBC Sport. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Speck, Ivan (9 August 2013). "Bright star Charley Hull on the rise as she prepares to become youngest ever Solheim Cup player at 17". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  20. ^ "Solheim Cup: Charley Hull is a 'special girl' - Liselotte Neumann". BBC Sport. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  21. ^ "2014 Lalla Meryem Cup leaderboard". 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, First round notes and interviews". LPGA. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "A Quick 18 with Charley Hull". LET Access Series. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  24. ^ Johnston, Neil (23 July 2013). "Charley Hull says single-sex golf clubs are 'stupid'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "YSPOTY 2013 nominees: Charley Hull Q&A". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "2011 Ione D Jones/Doherty Championship". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "2011 Welsh Open Stroke Play". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  28. ^ "2011 English Open Stroke Play". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  29. ^ "2012 Harder Hall Invitational". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 

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