Ladies European Tour. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, Charley Hull Leads.

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Charley Hull of England leads the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open after the first round at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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Charley shot -5 under par 67 to lead the first round of the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open by two shots, with good putting being the key;

“I played pretty steady and holed a few putts and then on my back nine, I plodded along.”

“I was hitting good putts, which lipped out, so the highlights were on my front nine.”

“The newer irons are not quite where I want them to be. They are spinning loads and I don’t really like it.”

“I’ve changed my set of irons this week and I’m trying them out but they are going a club shorter so I’ll change back to my old ones when I get home.”

“I’ll practice my punch shots and figure out how to keep them low.”

 Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, and Luna Sobron from Spain share second place at -3 under par after opening rounds of 69.

Luna was happy to sink a putt with the flagstick still in;

“On the 17th, I made a birdie, with the flag stick in on the green, a strange new rule, but it was a 15 meter putt.”

“I enjoy playing in the wind and I like to play on Scottish courses, so I feel very comfortable in these conditions.”

“The weather is really good. It’s too cold in Spain now so I prefer to start the season here with a great tournament.”

Nicole needed to give herself a good talking to;

 “I got off to a bad start to say the least. I hit some bad shots and couldn’t find the rhythm.”

“On the back nine, I said, Nicole, try what you’ve been working on the last couple of days, and I started to hit some better shots and gained some confidence, so it was a lot more fun.”

“It’s playing tough and you’ve got to hit good shots. I was good at judging the wind on the back nine.”

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