Hull wins maiden LET title
England’s Charley Hull made a four foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole to secure her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco on Sunday.
Hull, who turns 18 in a week, showed nerves of steel on the par-three 18th at Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir as she sealed the deal against over-night leader Gwladys Nocera.
What made the win even more impressive is that she carded a career-low round of nine-under-par 62 in the final round.
Hull fired seven birdies and an eagle on the sixth, before missing a 10 foot birdie chance on 18 in regulation play to tie for the lead.
Nocera three putted from the back of the green for a bogey four to tie with Hull.
In the play-off, Hull hit an unbelievable tee shot under pressure to within four feet of the flag, while Nocera hit hers 15 feet short.
“I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed and then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi,” Hull said.
“I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”
The win capped a sensational 12 months for the 17-year-old, who started her career at the same course in Morocco last year where she finished second, beginning a run of five runner-up finishes.
She was the youngest ever player in The Solheim Cup and a member of the winning team in Colorado and also the LET’s Rolex Rookie of the Year.
“With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away,” Hull added.
“I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I’m 18 next week so I’m really happy.
“I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again.”
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