Aggressive approach pays off for Hull at Pebble Beach

John Craven

Charley Hull (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Charley Hull was proud of the way she refused to back down from the challenge after capturing a career-best Major finish at the U.S. Women’s Open.

The Englishwoman fired an eagle and six birdies en route to a final round 66 and a joint-second place finish at the iconic Pebble Beach venue in what was the second lowest final round score in the history of the tournament.

Hull attacked the golf course at every opportunity as she looked to reel in eventual champion, Allisen Corpuz. Never was that more evident than on the 72nd hole where Hull took on a 3-wood approach from the foot of the tree some 260 yards out from the green in an effort to make a most unlikely eagle.


Hull could be heard telling her caddie “shy kids don’t get sweets” and even with one millions dollars on the line for second place, she had no fear flirting with possible disaster in a bid to mount some pressure on the ultimately unflappable Corpuz.

“I’m quite an aggressive person when it comes to life,” Hull explained. “I just feel like I’m quite aggressive on the golf course. I like to go for pins. At the end of the day it’s just a game, and might as well make it fun. If you want something, I’ll go and get it. That’s kind of my mentality.

“Just make as many birdies as I can because at the end of the day I’m chasing it down, so it’s quite fun. I quite enjoy chasing someone because you got to make birdies and you got to make a move up that leaderboard. That was pretty much my mindset.”

The result represents a sharp upturn in performance from Hull who missed the cut at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last month by eight shots with rounds of 79 and 76. However, a trip home coincided with a session with her swing-coach and after reaping the rewards of the visit, Hull is now relishing more opportunities to compete with two Major dates on the horizon as well as the Solheim Cup in September.

“I’ve been working hard on my swing last week when I was at home, so I feel really confident and just carrying on working on that,” Hull said. “I can’t wait for the Evian Championship now.

“I’ve been hitting it really well since last year when I won in Texas [Volunteers of America Classic], and then haven’t really been working on my swing too much. It kind of got out over the last few weeks when I missed the cut, so just working on taking it back a bit more close, a bit more around my body, and when I come down stay in my tilts.”

Hull next competes in this week’s Aramco Team Series event in London before Major dates at the Amundi Evian Championship (July 27-30) and the AIG Women’s Open (August 10-13).

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