Eng­land’s Hull claims one-stroke vic­tory in Abu Dhabi

Sport360 - - Rugby | Equestrian - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Charley Hull held her nerve to clinch a one-shot win at the Fa­tima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old from Ket­ter­ing, the overnight leader, faced a bat­tle with fel­low English Sol­heim Cup player Jodi Ewart Shad­off, who dropped out of con­tention with two bo­geys over the fi­nal three holes at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Hull, ranked 24 in the world, had ear­lier seen her slen­der on­e­stroke ad­van­tage dis­ap­pear fol­lowand ing dropped shots at the third and the par-four 10th in the warm and breezy con­di­tions.

How­ever, an ea­gle at the par-five next pulled her back and vic­tory was se­cured when she chipped out of the bunker on the 18th, putting to save par and sign for a 69, eight un­der for the tour­na­ment.

Nor­way’s Mar­i­anne Skarp­nord took sec­ond place af­ter a round of 68, miss­ing a birdie chance at the last.

Shad­off, chas­ing a first Ladies Euro­pean Tour ti­tle, moved into a share of the lead on the 14th af­ter a run of birdies, but in the end had to set­tle for a five-way share of third place, five shots off the win­ner, fol­low­ing a one-over 73.

Hull, win­ner of the Or­der of Merit in 2014, was glad to have made such an im­pact at the start of the new cam­paign.

“Hope­fully I can get a few more wins this year. I’ve been prac­tis­ing re­ally hard so it shows that my hard work is pay­ing off,” she said.

“I’m very happy with my round. I left a lot of putts out there to­day, but it’s hard to putt when it’s windy like this.

“It was quite tricky (on the 18th) and I made the putt, so it feels re­ally good to be back in the win­ner’s cir­cle again.”

Un­stop­pable: Charley Hull led from start to fin­ish in the cap­i­tal.

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