Legend Jacklin provides Open knowledge for starlet Hull

Charley Hull
Charley Hull

English teenager Charley Hull has already made headlines this year for a remarkable five consecutive second place finishes, but would love nothing more than getting over the winning line at St Andrews.

The youngster from Kettering tees off in the Ricoh Women’s British Open first round alongside Americans Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda at 11.37am tomorrow.

The 17-year-old was second in her first five events on the Ladies European Tour this season in Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, Holland and Germany.

And she is now targeting a maiden victory in Scotland as the Open is played over the Old Course for the second time.

“The scary thing is that in my head if I had that bit more experience I could have won all of them,” Hull said.

“I’d love to win the British Open. I dream about it every day. Honestly, I do. I think about it all the time. But one shot at a time.”

Hull can at least call on someone with knowledge of winning the game’s biggest prizes for advice after becoming friends with the former Open and US Open champion Tony Jacklin.

“I picked up little tricks and stuff,” Hull said of a three-week stay with Jacklin and his family in Florida.

“His wife, Astrid, was lovely and I learned a lot off her as well, from how to deal with the media down to eating the right things.”