Charley Hull has made history as the youngest winner of the 2014 Ladies European Tour ISPS HANDA Order of Merit title, just 12 months after being named Rookie of the Year. Watch our video interview with Charley (above).
The 18-year-old from England capped her second season on tour with a tied fifth place finish in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club. With season’s earnings of €263,096.69, she finished €29,808 ahead of second placed Gwladys Nocera.
‘It’s good to win,’ said Hull. ‘I didn’t really know coming into this week. Yeah, just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes. I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.
‘I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie. So it was an interesting front nine. But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee. I started feeling so much more confident, just working on getting a bit more width on my swing. I definitely feel a lot more confident.’
Hull, who was the youngest woman ever to compete in the Solheim Cup in 2013, continued to impress in 2014. On March 16, four days before her 18th birthday, she won her first professional title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She went on to record eight additional top 10 finishes during the season. These included two seconds at the Sanya Ladies Open in China and Ladies German Open presented by Marriott, as well as a third in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.
A disappointing final round saw Hull’s bid for a maiden major title fade at August’s Women’s British Open and she now has her sights set on breaking that duck in 2015. ‘I’ll just try to win a tournament each week, that would be brilliant,’ she said. ‘But majors are something special, especially this year, coming close to my home tournament, I didn’t finish off on the last day.’