Hull storms back into con­tention with a 65 to set up Went­worth fi­nale

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James Cor­ri­gan

Charley Hull marches supreme into a his­toric day for fe­male golf in this coun­try. Went­worth’s fa­mous West Course hosts the first women’s pro­fes­sional event of its 94-year ex­is­tence and it is not just her bounce-back 65 yes­ter­day that makes the 24-year-old fancy her chances in the fi­nal round of the Rose Ladies Se­ries.

Af­ter a re­mark­able six-un­der score at the Berk­shire in the sec­ond round of the Com­puta­cen­ter Grand Fi­nal – fea­tur­ing an ea­gle, seven birdies, a bo­gey, a dou­ble-bo­gey, a three-putt and a four-putt – Hull reBy vealed that she en­joyed a prac­tice round at the West Course last week.

“Yeah, I had 11 birdies that day, so I am look­ing for­ward it,” she said, with a smirk. “It’s great we are get­ting to play there and I hope we play good golf for the oc­ca­sion.”

More of this and surely the whole of Sur­rey will swoon. Af­ter start­ing with a sloppy 73 at North Hants on Wed­nes­day, Hull wrested back all but one of the six-shot deficit she had con­ceded to Alice Hew­son. It was not as if her 22-year-old play­ing part­ner did much wrong.

“I played nicely enough,” Hew­son said, af­ter a 70 took her to five un­der. “But I have to say, it was re­ally spe­cial to see Charley play to­day. It was cool to watch and just to learn from.”

Dur­ing rounds such as this, it is hard to see why Hull, the world

On the up: Charley Hull drives at the third at the Berk­shire dur­ing her 65 yes­ter­day

No26, has yet to win a ma­jor. When her tail is up, Hull is sim­ply ir­re­sistible and it is a shame this con­clu­sion is go­ing to be be­hind closed doors.

It prom­ises to be dra­matic, with the £35,000 Amer­ica Golf Or­der of Merit to be de­cided as well, and £20,000 go­ing to the win­ner.

Ge­or­gia Hall will be in the penul­ti­mate group, be­hind Hew­son, Hull and Liz Young – the 37-year-old who was so in­flu­en­tial in set­ting up this mini cir­cuit and who is on one un­der af­ter a 69 – but will be con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing her po­si­tion at the top of the or­der of merit af­ter her own re­turn to form.

Fol­low­ing her open­ing 73 she fired a 68, which in­cluded a missed tid­dler on the 18th. “I played so much bet­ter, but left a cou­ple out there,” Hall, 24, said.

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