Hull’s hat-trick bid

Joy Chakravarty 03:18 07/12/2016
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Moment in the sun: Charley Hull is confident

Having secured her Rookie of the Year honour here in 2013, followed by winning the Order of Merit the next year, England’s Charley Hull now wants to complete the set by winning this week’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Hull is not in contention for the Order of Merit this year, having played only three events on the LET schedule, but riding on a wave of confidence having won her first LPGA Tour title (CME Group Tour Championship) just a fortnight ago.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the “I feel pretty good with my golf game at the moment. So I will hopefully try to look for a win here because I’ve never actually won the tournament here. It would be pretty cool to finish the season on a high.

“Yeah, I do have great memories of this event. It’s fun. I like it. Especially winning the Rookie of the Year, because I remember it being quite close between me and Holly (Clyburn). I kind of felt the pressure, but played well for it.

The year after, there was a bit of a battle between me and Gwladys (Nocera), but I played well again.”

One of the reasons the 20-year-old Hull is confident about her chances is because she loves the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club.

“I really enjoy the golf course. Ever since I first had a look three years ago, I’ve loved it. I think it’s a great golf course. I think it’s well designed,” she added.

“I like it when they play it like a little bit longer like they did a couple years ago but they shortened it the last two years, but I think it brings more people in. It’s just a great course and I think I can go low around here.”

Hull’s biggest challenge will be against world No4 Shanshan Feng, who is a three-time champion in Dubai.

However, a trick that she learned from the Chinese star makes Hull feel she can take her down this year.

“I’ve played a lot with Shanshan and I’ve enjoyed playing with her,” said the world No18.

“I actually learned something off Shanshan a few weeks back, because when she won in Japan, she said that she doesn’t look at scoreboards on the way around. So I also didn’t look at the scoreboards when I played in America at the CME event, and I won. So, hopefully, I can do it again this week.

“It was hard not to see the boards to begin with, and then it was fine. Just don’t look at them.

“But I am just going to keep on playing my own game. I would like to win but at the end of the day I want to concentrate on hitting one shot at a time and try to get four good rounds of golf together.”

Hull is paired with two-time major champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Nocera. They will tee off at 7:45 from the 10th tee.

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