Hall boosts Rose Se­ries with de­ci­sion to snub US

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By James Cor­ri­gan GOLF COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Ge­or­gia Hall has com­mit­ted to play in the six re­main­ing events of the Rose Ladies Se­ries, start­ing at the Buck­ing­hamshire Golf Club to­day.

The de­ci­sion of the 2018 Women’s Bri­tish Open cham­pion is an­other huge boost for the English mini-cir­cuit set up by Justin Rose in re­sponse to the coun­try’s top fe­male pros fac­ing the prospect of an idle sum­mer due to the pan­demic.

And with Charley Hull and Bronte Law also ap­pear­ing at the championsh­ip lay­out, it means three of the world’s top 40, as well as Laura Davies and last week’s win­ner, Meg Ma­cLaren, will be in at­ten­dance.

“As far as Bri­tish women’s golf goes, this field is as good as it gets re­ally and I’m ex­cited about be­ing part of it,” Hall, 24, told The Daily Tele­graph. “Ini­tially, I wasn’t go­ing to play at all in the se­ries and in­stead just prac­tise hard for when the tours re­sume. But I played in a pro-am in Wor­ples­don last week and I ab­so­lutely loved hav­ing a score­card in my hand again. It had been more than four months and I didn’t re­alise how much I’d missed com­pe­ti­tion.

“Plus the first winners [Hull won the first] gave the se­ries great ex­po­sure and I fig­ure that as Justin and his wife [Kate] have done so much to get this on, not only putting in their own money but also at­tract­ing a cou­ple of spon­sors, I should turn up and I’ll play in ev­ery one of them from now.”

This is great news for the be­hind­closed-doors se­ries, that is re­signed to los­ing Hull and Law after next week’s event at Royal St Ge­orge’s. Yet while Hull and Law will be trav­el­ling to the United States to ap­pear in the LPGA Tour’s first two restart tour­na­ments, Hall will re­main at home. “Yeah, I could have gone over to Amer­ica, but I would have had to quar­an­tine over there for two weeks and then after the Marathon Clas­sic [in Ohio] come straight back for the Ladies Scot­tish Open that leads im­me­di­ately into the Bri­tish Open at Troon,” Hall said.

“So I’d much pre­fer to keep fresh for that fort­night, be­cause the Bri­tish is ob­vi­ously my favourite event. And the good thing with the Rose Se­ries is that it can sharpen my com­pet­i­tive edge.”

Hall will use her usual cad­die. Covid-19 rules dic­tate that play­ers can only have a cad­die if they are from the same house­hold – and Harry Tyrrell is her part­ner. “That’s handy!” she said with a laugh.

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