Ko and Hull brace for Turnberry test

Lydia Ko and Charley Hull are preparing for a stern test on the links course at the Women’s British Open this weekend.

The event tees off on Thursday at Turnberry in Ayrshire, with World No 1 Inbee Park the firm favourite in the golf betting odds to walk away with the title, and both Ko and Hull participated in last week’s Scottish Ladies Open as they bid to challenge for the crown.

Ko would finish by herself in fourth, while Hull would finished tied for eighth, nine strokes behind winner Rebbeca Artis.

“It was good preparation for the Women’s British Open,” Ko told BBC Sport.

“I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing, to get more experience playing links golf.”

The world number two has had a sterling year thus far, notching up two wins on the LPGA Tour and another two on the Ladies European Tour. However, a major championship still eludes the New Zealander.

Meanwhile, Hull has great memories of the Trump Turnberry Resort. At just nine years of age, the Briton won the UK National Ladies Championships at the same venue.

“Good memories definitely help,” said the 19-year-old.

“I won the trophy and it was quite a big thing for me back then. You know, I just love the golf course but I can only remember a few holes because it was so windy and rainy that day, I didn’t get to take it all in.”

World number one Inbee Park and five-time major winner Yani Tseng will be amongst the field that Ko and Hull have to battle against as they search for their maiden major win.

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