Late eagle lifts Hull to ninth-place finish

Charley Hull
Charley Hull

Charley Hull finished as the top British golfer at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

Kettering golfer Hull had a share of ninth place after an eagle on 17 helped lift her final round to a two-over-par 74 leaving her eight under for the competition.

It had looked grim as she followed up a triple bogey seven on the 11th with bogeys at 12 and 13.

But a late recovery elevated to a respectable ninth.

The tournament was won by Australian Karrie Webb.

She closed with a round of 65 to vault into first place.

Webb finished on 16 under for the tournament, one shot clear of Ashleigh Simon and two ahead of Solheim Cup hopeful Caroline Masson, the pair having led going into the final round alongside teenager Klara Spilkova, who had to settle for a share of sixth.

Webb began the day in seventh place but was in electric form on the opening nine holes of the course, carding four birdies and an eagle on the ninth.

Another eagle followed on the way back and, although she bogeyed the 16th, she had already done enough for a win she hopes will prove the perfect preparation for the Ricoh Women’s British Open, where she will go for a fourth title next week.

“I came over here to get some tournament rounds under my belt, get some confidence going, get into the time zone and British conditions. To win is just the icing on the cake,” Webb said.

“I’m very happy with how I played this week and I got more and more confident on the course as the week went on.

“I hadn’t played the par fives particularly well this week but today I played them well with two eagles. It’s a great boost when conditions are tough.”

Although they started with three-stoke advantages, neither Simon nor Masson could keep up, Simon signing for a 69 and Masson a 70 after carding three bogeys.

“It doesn’t feel like I lost it; it feels like Karrie won it and I think seven-under is a great score in the last round,” Masson said. “I gave my best and did all I could.”

Spilkova, who had shared first place after back-to-back rounds of 66, could not keep up that pace as she bogeyed three times on the back nine in a round of 73.

That was the same score today as Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne, who finished in a tie for 16th place, 11 shots off the lead.