She was a 17 year-old rookie, and a Captain’s Pick by Liselotte Neumann, but Charley Hull absolutely took LPGA veteran, Paula Creamer apart on Sunday at the Solheim Cup. She missed a few short putts early on, but when Creamer couldn’t take advantage, the teenager laid on the wood and made her pay. Then asked her to sign a golf ball at the 18th hole when it was over.
I was not only impressed by the youngster’s ability to play under the enormous pressure that was on her to win, but I was also impressed by her demeanor. Even when she missed some putts, she never appeared to get rattled. He continued to hit shot after shot until she, for all practical purposes, embarrassed the 27 year-old LPGA vet.
With Team America acting a little bit like spoiled brats during Saturday’s action, Charley Hull didn’t once do a fist pump, or make any gesture that indicated she was beating the pants off of Creamer. I’m sure she was told by the staff around Team Europe to not provoke the enemy, especially when they were on foriegn soil.
“Really is no different to hitting a tee shot at my home golf club,” Hull said with European teammate Suzann Pettersen sitting nearby shaking her head. “It’s the same swing and stuff, it’s a lot of people, obviously, but I’m just going to think of it like that.”
If Charley Hull is what is waiting for us in 2015 when we go to Europe to get our Cup back, I think we might be in trouble. Europe is packed with tough players who are able to perform under extreme pressure. This was just the youngest of the team. Maybe we should change the rules, and get some help from the South Koreans. We are going to need it!