Hall boosts Rose Series with decision to snub US
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.