Charley Hull marches supreme into an 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 that makes the 25-year-old fancy her chances in the final round of the Rose Ladies Series.
After a remarkable seven-under 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 revealed 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, she 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 71 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 No 25, has yet to win a major. When her tail is up, Hull is simply irresistible and it is a shame this conclusion is behind closed doors. It promises to be dramatic with the £35,000 America Golf Order of Merit to be decided as well, with £20,000 going to the winner.
Hall will be in the second-from-last group behind Hewson, Hull and Liz Young – the 38-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 own opening 73, she fired a 68, which included a missed tiddler on the 18th. “I played so much better, but left a coupe out there,” Hall, 24, said.