Charley Hull was the darling of the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup winning with a four-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole.
Darling Charley and some of her supporters / Getty
Seventeen year-old Charley won her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup on the Golf de l’Ocean course in Morocco. Both Charley and Gwladys Nocera finished the tournament at -15 under par and the play-off ensued. Charley birdied the first play-off hole, #18, a par three. She got to the play-off courtesy of a final round -9 under par 62;
“I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed and then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi. I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”
“With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away. I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I’m 18 next week so I’m really happy. I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again.”
Gwladys bemoaned a poor putting performance all week for her failure to win;
“My putting has been really bad the whole week so you can’t do anything when you putt like that. I tried my best; Charley played well today and she deserves it. She’s been close to victory for a while and she’s a great player so she deserves it. I had to play better and I didn’t.”
Sophie Giquel Bettan of France ended four shots back on 11-under, in solo third place, shooting a last round -2 under par 69. Two French ladies in the top three, that bodes well for French golf this year.
Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn finished in a tie for 12th place after she struggled with a disappointing final round of +2 over par 73. Ling Yan and Mathilda Cappeliez shared the leading amateur honors at -1 under-par in a tie for 25th place for the tournament.