17-year-old Charley Hull carded a flawless final round to win the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco last week. After starting the day five shots behind the leader, Hull had everything to do in the final round and did so in some style. Back-to-back birdies on the first and second holes gave Hull some great incentive to close the gap on the lead and she picked up two further shots with an incredible eagle at the par-five sixth. Hull went out in 30 with help from two more birdies at seven and nine to put Gwladys Nocera under real pressure.
Hull picked up three more shots on the back nine on the eleventh, sixteenth and seventeenth. A 3-3-3 finish saw Hull climb into contention on 15 under par which was enough to see her through to a play-off. A missed opportunity for both Hull and Nocera came at the last as Hull missed her birdie chance and Nocera three putted the last for bogey. With both players in the clubhouse at 15 under, a play-off was inevitable.
It was always going to be Hull’s day as she took the play-off into her own hands and hit a sublime approach shot into the green to four-foot. She settled herself and holed her birdie putt to win her first event on the Ladies European Tour.
After bursting onto the scenes at last years Lalla Meryem Cup where she secured a second place finish, she went on to finish second in her next four events. Hull celebrates her 18th birthday on Thursday and her first tour win will certainly prove to be one of the greatest presents she could’ve wished for.
Hull had this to say after her win, “My hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi. I had the same here to win and I did it. I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”