Charley Hull facing Kingsbarns and Des Moines with injured wrist

Charley Hull. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Charley Hull. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) /

Charley Hull is approaching tee time at the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a wrist injury that could jeopardize Team Europe’s hopes for a Solheim Cup victory.

Charley Hull, a Team Europe anchor for the Solheim Cup, injured her wrist back in March. A bone chip from an old fracture just sort of popped out of place as she hit a ball out of the rough while prepping for the ANA Inspiration.

It was a bizarre injury, at the time more a painful irritant than a fresh injury, but nonetheless troubling.

Like most athletic injuries, Hull’s wrist needed rest, the most basic remedy in sports medicine and the most difficult for any professional athlete to achieve. Hull was prescribed a wrist brace for off-course wear but, of course, there was the ANA Inspiration, the first major in the women’s golf season.

Given her situation, Hull’s T14 finish at Rancho Mirage was respectable although she’d hoped for more. In fact, on the eve of the ANA Inspiration The Telegraph reported that in typical Charley Hull style, she’d even contemplated a uniquely styled leap into Poppy’s Pond:

"It doesn’t look deep enough to do a dive, so I thought go half and half and do a belly flop. Leave a mark on my face. Memorable."

Hull went on from the ANA Inspiration to record a pair of top-10 finishes but then in June she began to miss cuts and at the U.S. Women’s Open, she told the Daily Mail, the wrist really began to bother her again.

"it was really twingeing and hurting so I got it X-rayed again. Thankfully it showed no more cracks, which helped ease my mind, but the doctors and my coach told me to rest it for a week. I just hope I can get back to playing again without having to worry about it."

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Hull played the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open as a run-up to next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open but she’s clearly not in peak condition. Even with the testing conditions, her 9-over T44 finish suggests Hull is playing with a physical disadvantage.

That spells trouble not only for her prospects this week at Kingsbarns but also for Team Europe, who in less than two weeks will be looking for Hull to be ready to do her part to regain possession of the Solheim Cup.

Although Hull’s been cleared by the doctors to play at both Kingsbarns and Des Moines, there’s a certain anxiety involved for Annika Sörenstam and her vice-captains as they finalize the team and begin to draw up the pairings for the Des Moines matches

The strongest players on both teams will be asked to deliver 36 holes of golf daily during the competition. Will Hull’s wrist endure that level of physical punishment?

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We’ll get a preview of Hull’s game readiness is a few days. ProGolfNow will preview the Ricoh Women’s British Open field and provide ongoing commentary about the event beginning Monday, July 30. Golf Channel will begin broadcast coverage of the Ricoh Women’s British Open first round on Thursday, August 3, at 6am.