Hull shuns States to seek Rose Se­ries win

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Golf - By James Cor­ri­gan

Charley Hull, the world No25, has ditched her orig­i­nal plan to play in the first two events of the LPGA Tour restart this month and will in­stead re­main in Eng­land to try to win the Rose Ladies Se­ries.

Hull was meant to be fly­ing to the United States at the start of this week to ful­fil the re­quired two-week quar­an­tine to ap­pear in the Drive On Cham­pi­onship in Toledo on July 31, fol­lowed by the Marathon Clas­sic, also in Ohio.

But af­ter win­ning the first Rose Ladies Se­ries event at Bro­ken­hurst Manor four weeks ago, and then rack­ing up top-six fin­ishes in the next three events – in­clud­ing run­ner-up at last week’s tour­na­ment at Royal St Ge­orge’s – the 24-year-old from Ket­ter­ing has de­cided to stay and com­pete for the Or­der of Merit spon­sored by Amer­i­can Golf, which will see the player top­ping the stand­ings at the end of the Com­puta­cen­ter Grand Fi­nal col­lect­ing a £20,000 bonus.

With leader Gemma Dry­burgh hav­ing made the trip across the pond on Mon­day, Hull has been left in pole po­si­tion, al­though with the likes of Liz Young, Annabel Dim­mock and the 2018 Women’s Bri­tish Open cham­pion, Ge­or­gia Hall, in close pur­suit it will be any­thing but a for­mal­ity.

Hull will be look­ing to af­ford her­self a cush­ion to­day when she tees it up at the JCB Coun­try Club, the fifth stop in the se­ries, and it is fair to say the or­gan­is­ers are de­lighted to have her in at­ten­dance at the much­vaunted new lay­out in ru­ral Stafford­shire.

“I’ve spo­ken to Justin and Kate [Rose’s wife] and they are thrilled that Charley is to carry on play­ing in the se­ries,” said Paul McDonnell, Rose’s agent at Ex­cel Sports, who are run­ning the se­ries.

“To have some­one of Charley’s sta­tus is, of course, a big boost. We com­pletely un­der­stand why Gemma felt she needed to be back on the LPGA Tour to fight for her play­ing sta­tus and we wish her all the best.

“The se­ries is go­ing from strength to strength and is sure to get even more ex­cit­ing in the forth­com­ing weeks.”

Hall had al­ready elected to skip the LPGA Tour re­sump­tion and wait un­til the world’s best ar­rive in Scot­land next month for the Aberdeen Stan­dard In­vest­ment Ladies Scot­tish Open at the Re­nais­sance fol­lowed by the AIG Women’s Bri­tish Open at Royal Troon.

“I will be fresh, with no jet lag, and this se­ries will have honed my game,” Hall said.

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