The top seed at the RICOH Women’s British Open may be world ranked number 1 Stacy Lewis and her closest challenger and emerging rival may be world ranked number 6 Michelle Wie, but 18-year old Charley Hull‘s having none of it. Hull, who claimed 2013 LET Rookie of the Year honors and is ranked 32nd in the world, is teeing off tomorrow morning — paired with Stacy Lewis and Ayako Uehara — in her third Women’s British Open and she’s going to play for the win! Hull may be one of the more experienced players in the field so far as managing her game and playing links golf is concerned. She made her links golf debut at Turnberry at the age of nine, the wind so strong that it literally knocked her down!
With wind gusts projected to reach 35 mph during the first round at Royal Birkdale, Hull will feel quite at home:
If the weather stays like this and the wind keeps up, I think it will be great, because the spectators will come out and we’ll have the toughness of the links golf course, which I think will be fantastic.
Hull knows the course, has played the Royal Birkdale in a number of amateur events, likes the greens and the bunkers, and is looking forward to the competition that begins in about 12 hours. Top-ranked player on the Ladies European Tour, Hull’s approaching the RICOH Women’s British Open brimming with self-confidence. And why not? She was a standout at the 2013 Solheim Cup, the youngest player in Solheim history. She claimed her first pro victory this year in Morocco at the Lalla Myerem Cup, before her 18th birthday; and she’s played very well in several LPGA events this year, including the LPGA’s first Major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she finished with a share of 7th place.
The player who most certainly has more experience than Charley Hull playing links golf — well, any kind of golf — is Dame Laura Davies, who’ll be playing her 30th Women’s British Open. How does Davies assess Hull’s potential?
She has got the game to go all the way. Charley has got all the shots and lots of confidence. In fact she has all the tools to be the number one in the world one day – Dame Laura Davies
May you hit ‘em long and straight, Charley Hull, and may your putts run true!