Charley Hull claims maiden LET victory
English teenager Charley Hull stormed through the field with a closing nine-under-par 62 to secure her first Ladies European Tour title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.
Hull, who doesn’t turn 18 until next week, came from five strokes back to overturn 12-time LET winner Gwladys Nocera.
Hull opened with back-to-back birdies, eagled the par-5 6th and added further birdies at 7 and 9 to reach the turn in 30.
She consolidated over the next six holes – mixing one birdie with five pars – before consecutive birdies at 16 and 17 took her to nine under for the round.
She failed to covert a 10-footer on the 18th for a closing birdie, though, and it looked as if her challenge would come up just short.
But Nocera three-putted from the back edge of 18, and Hull fired her approach to four feet at the first play-off hole and converted the subsequent putt for her first LET victory.
“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” said Hull.
“My hands were shaking like mad in the play-off. I had a four footer in the Solheim Cup against Paula [Creamer] too. I had the same there to win and I did it. I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”
Nocera, who was left in tears after the tournament, added: “You can’t do anything when you putt like that. I tried my best. Charley’s been close to victory for a while and she’s a great player so she deserves it.”
Hull’s win completes a sensational rise to prominence over the last year.
She finished second in Morocco 12 months ago – starting a run of five consecutive runner-up places – made a stunning debut as the youngest player in Solheim Cup history last August and won the 2013 LET Rolex Rookie of the Year award.