Hull saves par at last to claim ti­tle in Abu Dhabi

Western Daily Press - - Boxing, Golf -

ENG­LAND’S Charley Hull held her nerve to claim a one-stroke vic­tory 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 one-stroke ad­van­tage dis­ap­pear fol­low­ing dropped shots at the third and the par-four tenth 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, said: “Hope­fully I can get a few more wins this year and I’ve been prac­tis­ing re­ally hard, so it shows that my hard work is pay­ing off. I’m very happy.”

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